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We started the InkBeat Youth Journal because we believe that high school students need more opportunities to express themselves creatively. To celebrate the release of Issue 4, we are offering a free creative writing or literary analysis workshop to any school that subscribes to our journal for one year or more.

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Slam Poetry

Slam poetry uses voice and body language, as well as the written word, to convey a story or message. In this workshop, students will practice writing and delivering a slam poem that will bring an audience to their feet.

Twitter Poetry

Found poetry is a poem composed of words “found” in other texts. This workshop will show students how to approach familiar texts in a new way, and make poems of the worst writing.


The Writer's Eye

To approach a text like a writer is to see the hidden mechanisms behind every text. This workshop will give students the tools to approach their own writing, and that of others, with a critical eye.

Wow the Tired Editor

Editors, admissions officers, and recruiters spend all day reading material. This workshop will help students write fresh, surprising, and compelling beginnings that will set them apart from the rest.

Literary Analysis Workshops


Sound and Sense in the Poetry of Langston Hughes

Sound is integral to a poem's effect, but it is also the most abstract, and therefore the most difficult to interpret. Luckily, most teenagers listen to music often, and are therefore—though unbeknownst to them—well-equipped to approach the interpretation of sound in poetry. This workshop will give students the tools and perspectives necessary to interpret a poem's use of sound to create meaning.

Text and Context

Many of William Carlos Williams' poetry, including his most famous poems, “This Is Just to Say” and “The Red Wheelbarrow”, depend heavily on the fact that they are read as poems. If the same words were written on a sticky note on the fridge, they might convey a different meaning, elicit a different reaction. This workshop will help students understand how every text's context contributes to its meaning.