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Teen Crawl

Go to 2011 Teenquake Word for Word and Teen Writing Awards

Litquake presents our first-ever literary crawl for teens. Phase 1 features young authors, Phase 2 features writing workshops for teens, and Phase 3 includes a teen book club.

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Phase 1: Teen Authors (1-3 pm)

Join Litquake for readings and discussion with a panel of teen authors who have already realized the dream of seeing their writing published.

San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

School groups only—teachers must sign their classes up in advance by emailing [email protected]


Phase 2: Writing Workshops (3-5 pm)

Tell your own story. Attend workshops led by some of the organizations working with Bay Area youth to encourage their literary pursuits, including WritersCorps, Streetside Stories, and contributors from the recently published 826 Valencia Young Authors’ Book Project, We the Dreamers.

  • Zine Workshop: Zines are handmade, self-published magazines that focus on topics from travel to comics. Bring your creativity and express yourself in a zinemaking workshop with Annie Yu, collage artist, poet, and a voracious reader who lives in San Francisco in an attic bedroom with too many books and paper and art supplies. curbside-treasure.blogspot.com
  • Poetry Workshop: Find your poet’s muse in a workshop with Dawn Marie Knopf, As a writer-in-residence, Dawn has taught poetry at Mission High through Calif. Poets in the Schools and to Harlem high school students through Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Bomb, Black Warrior Review, and Verse.
  • Inspiration Walk: Join a walking tour of the City Hall area to inspire your writing. Led by Marcella Ortiz, a poet and visual artist who has worked with Writerscorps for two years, this creative writing trek will began at the main library and journey to Opera Plaza where a group poem will be constructed. sfartscommission.org/WC
  • Shakespeare Mini-Performance: Arriving with scripts, costumes (helmets, swords, shields, and Shakespeare stuff), and various props Gwen Minor, author of Read Aloud Plays: The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid, will direct a group in their own short performance of death scenes from Shakespeare.

San Francisco Public Library’s Teen Center, Main Branch, 100 Larkin St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco

Phase 3: Not Your Mother’s Book Club (5-7 pm)

Litquake's Teen Crawl A panel discussion and book signing by authors writing fiction for teens co-presented with Not Your Mother’s Book Club™, a monthly literary salon for teenagers in the Bay Area that also offers weekly online author interview, online contests, and in-school author events. For more information check out notyourmothersbookclub.com.

Kristen Tracy, Cameron Tuttle, Katie Williams

Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

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