Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade
In this exploratory camp, students will develop their creative writing abilities by experimenting in a wide variety of prose and poetry. Students will examine works from carefully curated authors and will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and artistic experiences designed to inspire their imaginations. This camp will be facilitated by two local artists: Matt Gano is a published poet, performer, and educator, and Sierra Nelson is a published poet and educator. The week will culminate with a reading and/or presentation of student work.
This camp is for students entering 7th & 8th grade in Fall 2022 and will take place online using Zoom and Google Classroom. All camps will break for lunch from 12-1pm each day. Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.
Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include the forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and the chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more information go to: songsforsquid.tumblr.com.
Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing as, "ENTENDRES." He is the author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program—a career training program for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Gano made waves nationally as a spoken word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.
Sara Brickman is a queer Jewish writer and performer from Ann Arbor, MI, invested in liberatory futures and reckoning with ghosts. Their work investigates trauma, diaspora, gender and memory. A senior teaching artist with the Writer in the Schools Program and the winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize for poetry of witness, Sara's recent poems and essays have appeared in Narrative, The Indiana Review, Adroit, Ghosts of Seattle Past, BOAAT, and Muzzle Magazine. They are a Lambda Literary Emerging Artists Fellow, and have received grants and fellowships from The Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Bloedel Reserve.
As a performer, Sara has appeared at the Individual World Poetry Slam finals, and represented Seattle on 5 National Poetry Slam teams. Their interactive work "A Ritual for Suturing Ghosts" was part of On The Boards' Performance Lab in 2020. They are currently at work on a memoir about alternate universes, trans identity, confederate statues, and collective organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in the unceded Duwamish territory of Seattle, where they teach writing to youth and adults and rear a cat named Latke.