This summer, Writopia is partnering with the Poetry Society of New York to host the 2018 Youth Poetry Festival on July 28th and 29th from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Join us on Governors Island for free Teen Poetry Workshops, staged readings, an island-wide scavenger hunt, and more! For teens ages 13+ interested in attending the one-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshops, please register here. The all-ages scavenger hunt does not require registration. 


Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM 

  • Scavenger Hunt: All day (Complete at your own pace!) 
  • Teen Poetry Workshops: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Staged Readings @ Milk Press Gallery:
    • Teen Workshoppers: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Scavenger Hunt Participants: 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Governors Island 
Colonel's Row


  • For Teens ages 13+: Register for a one-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshop taught by a published poet. Participants will meet in age-based groups to write and revise original poetry, and explore the island on a poetry hike. Each day will culminate in a staged reading for family and friends. Participants must bring their own lunch.
    • 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Workshop 1 - Creating content
    • 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch break
    • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Poetry hike around the island
    • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Workshop 2 - Revision and performance techniques
    • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Staged reading 
  • For All: Island-wide scavenger hunt. Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island and make your way to Colonel's Row (just outside building 410) where participants can add a line or two to the 2018 Youth Poetry Festival collaborative poem. Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at our staged readings taking place at 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. 

Please email Abby@WritopiaLab.org for more information!