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Writing Circle for Teens

Young Writers is currently on hiatus

Do you love writing?
Are you eager to improve your craft?
Are you searching for a peer group to learn and workshop with?

Young Writers is a free bi-weekly gathering of teen poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. At each meeting you will join other young writers and an adult mentor to share writing prompts, set goals, learn new craft techniques, and get feedback on your pieces in a safe, community workshop setting. We write, we read, we listen!

Check out the calendar for dates. All experience levels are welcome, but you must have a passion for words and a serious desire to grow as writer. Space is limited, so sign up today to get involved.


Transportation assistance such as bus cards and gas reimbursement are available upon request. Call or email: 612-871-4444 or Info@IntermediaArts.org to find out more!

Young Writers now has a blog! Visit us at http://iayoungwriters.tumblr.com/ where we will be posting updates, info on field trips and events, new work by Young Writers participants, and more!


WAHIDA OMAR was born in her father’s hometown of Mogadishu, Somalia and spent her childhood in the Boston area, where her Armenian-American mother grew up. Wahida grew up in Arizona where she received a BA in Creative Writing & Anthropology from the University of Arizona. While studying at UA she completed a year-long academic/volunteer internship with BARA’s Tucson Refugee Project. Living in Minneapolis since 2009, Wahida was a 2009-2010 mentor with the Loft Literary Center’s inkTank Program for Teen Writers. She recently graduated from the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Minnesota, where she taught undergraduate-level classes in creative writing and literature. She writes fiction and more.

KEVIN YANG is a Hmong American writer and performer who was born and raised in the Twin Cities. Kevin is a graduate of Hamline University where he majored in Political Science and minored in Urban Studies. In addition, he also spent 4 months studying abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Kevin is a member of Speakers of the Sun, an APIA identified spoken word collective based in the Twin Cities. He also represented Minnesota at the Brave New Voices (BNV) spoken word festival in 2011 and represented Hamline University twice at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitation (CUPSI) in 2012 and 2014. Kevin finds great inspiration unraveling his experience as a Hmong soul born in the United States. Kevin carries an enormous passion to help young people develop and share art because he knows how instrumental it has shaped his own life.