The Youth Programs of Literary Arts inspire public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing.
Literary Arts’ Youth Programs reinforce the real world importance of reading and writing in all professions, are designed to meet state and national standards for the arts and language arts, and help schools reach their goals of teaching writing across the disciplines.
Serving High School Students
The Youth Programs of Literary Arts currently serve public high school and alternative high school students throughout Multnomah County. In 2015/2016, our Youth Programs served more than 4,000 students with a variety of literary opportunities, including:
- Writers in the Schools: semester-long writing workshops in high school classrooms
- Books for classrooms and school libraries
- Public student readings at local bookstores and cafés
- Publication of student work in annual print and digital anthologies
- One-day visits by local and world-famous authors
- Students to the Schnitz: transportation, books, and tickets for school groups to attend Portland Arts & Lectures and Special Events
- Verselandia! high school poetry slam
- College Essay Mentoring Project: helping students with college and scholarship application essays
Our Youth Programs serve more than 4,000 public high school students each year by teaching writing, extending literary experiences beyond the classroom, publishing student work, and coordinating student readings throughout the city. Read more about our Youth Programs and about our sponsors and evaluations in our 2014-15 WITS report.