Young Authors' Studio: Writing Retreat

Spoken word poet and teaching artist Tomas Stanton

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Family friendly

Join in this day of fun writing activities! This event is open to all ages and attendees can enter to win a Young Adult book. Learn about some books that can spark your creativity, choose from some fun breakout seassons, enjoy a free pizza lunch and then participate in a spoken word poetry workshop and open mic session, featuring poet and teaching artist Tomas Stanton during the afternoon.

The afternoon events coincide with the ASU Open Door activities happening at ASU Polytechnic campus from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. that day.  

Teachers will receive a certificate documenting professional development hours.


9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. YA Books to Spark Your Creativity

Creative writing activities led by Professor Wendy Williams using these books for inspiration:

  • "American Born" Chinese (G.L. Yang)

  • "Anya’s Ghost" (V. Brosgol)

  • "Brown Girl Dreaming" (J. Woodson)

  • "Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel" (X. Garza)

  • "Ninth Ward " (J.P. Rhodes)

  • "Sick" (T. Leveen)

  • "The Arrival" (S. Tan)

  • "The First Rule of Punk" (C.C. Perez)

  • "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" (B. Selznick)

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Writing Breakout Sessions (Choose 3)
  • Animation Short Script Writing” with Dr. La Verne Abe Harris

  • “Blackout Poetry” with Sophia DeSanti

  • “Collage Poetry” with Anisa Myers

  • “Comic/Manga Character Design” with Erin Anglin

  • “Scar Biography” with Sharon Enck

  • “Writing about Songs” with Dr. Amy Shinabarger

12 p.m.–1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Spoken Word Poetry Workshop & Open Mic

Featuring Tomas Stanton, Poet and Teaching Artist 

The spring 2023 Young Authors' Studio events are supported by a grant from AZ Humanities, to project founder Wendy R. Williams, associate professor of English in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, as well as gifts made to Young Authors' Studio through the ASU Foundation.

Event contact

Associate Professor Wendy R. Williams

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Part of ASU's Young Authors' Studio spring 2023 series; afternoon session is in conjunction with ASU Open Door

9:30 am3:30 pm (MST)


Student Union, Cooley Ballroom