Teen Writer's Retreat

Teen Creative Writers Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 2nd | 11am-3pm; lunch at 12:30pm 

Anita Purves Nature Center


Sponsored by Urbana Poet Laureate, Ashanti Files, 

Urbana Arts and Culture Program, and the Urbana Park District


Urbana Poet Laureate, Ashanti Files, together with Urbana Arts and Culture Program and the Urbana Park District is offering an inaugural Teen Writer’s Retreat at Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods this fall! This half-day retreat is open to all Champaign County teens ages 11-18. Twelve spots are available for this FREE retreat that includes guided writing exercises, nature walks, and a chance to flex your creative writing muscle! Participants receive free lunch, writing materials, and refreshments. Masks are required.


Urbana Poet Laureate, Ashanti Files, serves as an advocate for poetry and creative expression for all residents of the City of Urbana. With support from the Urbana Arts and Culture Program, she has launched numerous opportunities for civic engagement and creative writing, given guest presentations and lectures, and helped position poetry and spoken word as a tool for healing generational trauma and fostering community wellness. She has published her poetry and fiction writing in journals including, most recently, the Northern New England Review and their FRONT/LINES: Poetry of Nursing and Pandemic Perspectives. In 2019, she published her own collection of poetry, Woven: Perspectives of a Black Woman. She is the Founder of Writers of Oya, a writer’s program for middle school girls of color in Urbana School District #116 exploring intersections of poetry, spoken word, mental health, social issues, and resilience. 


To register, complete a Teen Writers Retreat application here. 


The deadline to register is September 30th by 5PM CST.

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