PYPM FREE “We Write Life” writing and performance poetry workshops for teens 13-19 years old are held every Saturday from 1-3PM at the Painted Bride located at 230 Vine St Philadelphia, PA 19106 in Old City (about 5 blocks from the Market-Frankford, Blue line stop on 2nd and Market).  

Our weekly workshops are broken into four-week themed series centered around personal and emotional exploration, social awareness, and the craft of poetics and performance. Past series topics have included Hip-Hop Meets Poetry, Exploring My Identity, The Art of Storytelling, the Power of Words, and more.

Current Series:

Series Title:  Writing Yourself 101

Facilitator:  Kai Davis 

Dates:  November 22, 2013- December 13, 2013

Description:    Are you hiding behind persona pieces? Do you find it difficult to emotionally connect to your work? Too focused on trying to write a dope poem? This series will explore the art of writing personal pieces. The students will learn how to tell their stories in a way that is both powerful and empowering, while writing with detailed language that breaks away from abstraction.   

PYPM workshops use a combination of improvisational activities, group and individual writing exercises, a variety of textual analysis (including poetry videos, poems, articles, and short stories), discussion, peer feedback, and positive affirmation. Workshops: 

  • Improve literacy skills 
  • Foster leadership 
  • Build community 
  • Increase public speaking skills 
  • Promote emotional healing 
  • Teach valuable life skills such as conflict resolution and communication.

Workshops are always open to drop-in students (no pre-registration required). 

*** PYPM is currently taking proposals for 4-week workshop series in the 2014 Workshop Season. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop series, email PYPM Education Director, Cait Miner at [email protected] with your name, a brief bio, and an overview of your series idea.

Special thanks to our funders: The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Wells Fargo, and The Seybert Foundation.

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