Teen Stories Go Live at Seattle Public Theater
The performance culminated a weeklong intensive workshop in which twelve teens from Scriber Lake High School worked with SPT teaching artist/director Emily Purington to bring stories from the student story collections We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You’ve Got it All Wrong to the stage. The three stories presented cover gang life, child abuse, addiction, and the hurtful labels people often assign to teens.
The pilot program was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers. It’s designed to present the student stories in a different medium, and use theatre as a way to connect with audiences and start a dialogue about the serious issues faced by today’s teens.
You’ve Got It All Wrong Now Available on Amazon
Our second teen story collection, You’ve Got it All Wrong, is now available for sale (both paperback and eBook) on Amazon. The book is also available at Edmonds Bookshop and can be ordered through any bookstore nationwide.
Druggie. Loser. Boozer. Dropout. Runaway. Delinquent. Slut.
Labels can hurt and destroy—as the teen authors of this powerful true story collection know all too well. But are they true? Would you still think the same if you knew the challenges and circumstances these “labeled” teens have faced?
In You’ve Got It All Wrong, twenty-one teenagers take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. Through their narratives, they share the circumstances they faced and the decisions they made during their darkest hours.
By revisiting their past and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in a positive, powerful way. They are also reaching out to other teens to remind them that they aren’t alone and that labels do not define who they are.
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Teen Authors Talk About Claiming Their Power on New Day Northwest
Teen Story Collection Earns National Media Attention
Readers Digest, IndieReader and UpWorthy, three national media organizations that spotlight the best in books and news, have all thrown their support behind a powerful story collection written by fourteen teen authors. We Are Absolutely Not Okay is a compelling collection of true stories about struggles with gang life, drug addiction and self-harm– and about how the teenage authors are overcoming their past and moving forward with their lives. Check out these media stories and more: Click Here.
Purchase our first We Are Absolutely Not Okay story collection on Amazon (eBook/paperback, BN.com (paperback only)) or through our sponsor bookstore, Edmonds Bookshop. It can also be ordered through any bookstore.
Our second teen story anthology will be released June 2013.
Ivanhoe Broadcast News, the country’s largest news-gathering organization covering medical breakthroughs, family health and inspirational stories for and about women, is spotlighting some of our teen authors and the life-changing power of our mentoring/publishing program in a short news documentary that will air on TV stations across the country in February. We Are EXCITED about the story so please check it out by CLICKING HERE. For more information on Ivanhoe and the great stories they produce, visit www.ivanhoe.com
Jasmine Gifford, Leandra Hall and Carolina Mooney, all teen authors from our first teen anthology, discuss how writing their stories helped them to heal from painful experiences and move forward with their lives. They also talk about the messages they hope readers will take from their stories.
Read their inspiring essays by clicking on their names or visiting Our Stories.