Writing Program for Teens Starts Tuesday at Burien Community Center
“Voices of Burien” is a new Poetry/Writing Program for 13 – 19 year olds that starts at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW), this Tuesday, March 5.
The group intends to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6 p.m.
“No parents allowed,” reads an announcement on the group’s Facebook Page. “No judgment, say whatever you want/feel! This will be for Poets, Potential Authors, Songwriters ANYBODY with a pencil, paper and a story to tell!”
The group, started by Travis Thompson and Keoki Lau, is meant to help local teens “write whatever comes to your head. You may also bring in pieces to share with the group and get feedback on. We will all be coming together to improve our writing skills and leave something behind for the museums to find!”
“What do I need? Don’t have a notebook? We will provide you one! Hungry? We will have snacks! Don’t got no internet connection at your house? Free wifi,” they added.
Travis told The B-Town Blog:
My good friend Keoki Lau and I have created a poetry/ writing program for the youth age 13-19 in the Burien/White Center area.
I myself am always at poetry slams and Open-Mics in the Seattle area.
I have been going to writing circles as well for awhile so the dynamics are not foreign to me. I am constantly on the bus or getting rides from my parents to venues across town, and I realized that Burien needs an open space for youth to share this love with each other and spill their souls on paper!
So, my performance partner in previous experience and fellow lover of poetry Keoki and I decided that something must be done. Starting March 5th we will have a writing circle at the Burien Community Center for youth to come to and tell their stories through writing. It will happen every Tuesday and Thursday. Also, we are looking for a venue to hold monthly showcases for our students to share their stories with the community.