Youth

 YOung writers Program curator

branwyn holroyd  

Branwyn Holroyd recently graduated from the Red Earth MFA at Oklahoma City University. Her poems have been published in the literary journal, Cirque and the San Pedro River Review. She is working on her first poetry manuscript.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUTH INTERN: LEAH EPSTEIN 

Leah Epstein is 16 years old and a Junior at Taos High School. She is a thoroughly original poet who hates clichés and enjoys long walks on the beach and milkshakes with two straws. She has been writing for as long as she can remember, and especially loves poetry. She also enjoys playing and composing piano pieces, as well as exploring the natural beauty of Taos.

 

 

 


Young Writers Program Mission for 2017-2018

To give young writers, grades 5th-12th, the tools and a platform to raise their voices in our community and the world at large through the spoken and written word, while creatively engaging with others and having lots of fun!

 

SOMOS Young Writers Offers:

  • A Writers-in-the-Schools program that provides local classrooms with working writers who facilitate inspiring workshops in a variety of different genres.

1:1 creative writing mentors who meet with individual students on a regular basis.

Youth writing groups, workshops, events and more…

The SOMOS Young Writers Salon meets the first and third Friday of every month from 4-5pm at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Dr.. All youth from 5th to 12th grade are welcome. The first Friday will include guest instructors. We always have snacks!

A week-long youth summer writers camp offered annually in June. 9:00 a.m. - noon for middle school age wirters grades 5 - 8; 1:00-4:00 p.m. for high school age writers grades 9 - 12.

Last school year, SOMOS placed writers in seven area schools through our Writers-in-the-Schools program, provided students with the opportunity to read their work on KNCE Radio in celebration of National Poetry Month and partnered with The Taos Poetry Festival to feature the voices of ten local young poets.

2017/2018 Program

"The SOMOS Young Writers program is already so wonderfully extensive. My goal, as I grab hold of the baton for the 2017-18 school year, is to continue the amazing efforts already set forth by my predecessor with the intention of expanding the already existing program even further in order to reach an even greater range of youth. I would like to continue to dig into the cracks of our local school system to uncover students with hidden potential who may discover a gift or passion for writing that they had no previous exposure to. Additionally, if the funding is available, I would like to provide an opportunity for the SOMOS Young Writers group to publish their own literary zine. While performance is an important aspect of being a writer, publishing is at the core of our trade and can potentially reach an even wider audience. A youth literary zine would allow students the opportunity to learn more about what goes into the process of publishing from submission to serving on an editorial board to curating an anthology. This will also give students the pride of seeing their work in print. To support this project, I would introduce at least one workshop for the students by a local professional in the publishing industry."


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Want to get involved?

If you are a young writer, educator or parent, we’d love to hear from you!

Check out our Facebook page, SOMOS Youth, to get the latest updates on what’s going on, share a post or take our poetry challenge.

Feel free to contact Johanna DeBiase, Young Writers Curator, for more information or with any questions you might have at jldebiase@gmail.com

 


 

Call for Mentors: FALL 2017


Want to make a difference in a young writer's life? SOMOS, The literary Society of Taos, Young Writers Program is looking for volunteers to serve as writers-in-the-schools and one-on-one mentors for students grades 5-12.

Volunteer as a Writer-in-the-Schools, or as a mentor for individual students. Writers-in-the-Schools facilitate fun, engaging creative writing workshops in area classrooms in specific genres. Individual mentors meet with young writers on an ongoing basis to provide creative outlets and encouragement. Any amount of time you have to offer is wonderful, but meeting repeatedly with young writers builds relationships and trust.

For more information, please email: jldebiase@gmail.com

 

Check out SOMOS Youth on social media!

Take the poetry challenge on Facebook....                                Read some of our work...

                                                           

 


 

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The SOMOS Young Writers Salon meets the first and third Friday of every month from 4-5pm at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Dr.. All youth from 5th to 12th grade are welcome. The first Friday will include guest instructors. We always have snacks!

 

 

Stay tuned for our upcoming schedule for 2017/18