For Kids

The Writer's Garret is dedicated to bringing readers, writers, and communities together under one roof and providing a safe refuge to explore new ideas, study old ones, and to create, create, create!

Fostering this dedication, The Writer's Garret partners with community organizations of all types to serve children of every background and life experience by offering specific programs, workshops and courses for kids.

Lead by diverse instructors, each course introduces students to the fact that they are writers with experiences and imaginations worth exploring.  This exploration hones not only writing skills, but our students' abilities to think critically and communicate effectively. Our workshops are a hands-on experience with creative writing for every learning style, and the lessons don't begin simply with pencil, paper, and seated students. Students use their bodies, they draw, they listen to music, they paint: they engage the literary arts through all possible avenues.

Express Yourself Youth Poetry is held at the Dallas Library where youth grades 2nd-12th from all around the city of Dallas are welcome to come learn at our poetry workshops. At the end of the year, the youth are allowed to submit their work into a competition where 60 finalist are selected to be published at the Dallas Library in a bound anthology.

Rail Writers takes participants on a journey of writing and exploration. In groups of 10-15, you’ll hop on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail and travel to unique neighborhoods, museums and other exciting destinations. Guided by a teaching artist, you’ll explore your surroundings and record your experiences and impressions on the page.

Our Writer’s in Neighborhood and Schools (WINS) Program places professional writers in schools, after-school programs, and community-based agencies to engage children, youth, educators, and families in creative writing classes, book clubs, poetry slams, zine camps, and more.

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