• Teen Readers

Teen Readers

From top-selling YA author readings and signings to poetry slams to writing workshops and an open mic opportunity, our events for teens will not disappoint.

  • Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Competition 2017 Winners. Our Bay Area youth are a diverse and savvy generation. This year we asked these local youth to submit work sharing their experiences on the topic of change. Please join our third annual Young Authors Writing Competition Winners as they share their work addressing how they see change around them, their community, and the world.
    Saturday, June 3, 10:30-11:30AM. FREE at Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room
  • Speak Your Truth: a Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop Teens! Come kick it with your peers and tell the stories that sit heavy on your chest and rattle your heart like the inside of a stolen spray can. Youth Speaks poet mentors will be on hand to help you express your truths in this free writing and performance workshop. All levels welcome and encouraged in this safe space.
    Saturday, June 3. 1:00-3:00PM. FREE at Berkeley Public Library Community Meeting Room.
  • Worlds We Create: Young Adult Fantasy Writers on Creating Alternate Realities and Memorable Characters (with Traci Chee, Lisa Maxwell, Shannon Messenger, and Amy Tintera; moderated by Alex Green) Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were the fictional universes of Harry Potter, LOST, or Game of Thrones. Learn the secrets behind creating worlds in the most popular story form there is—fantasy—from four smart, innovative writers in the genre. Here, you’ll absorb what keeps them, and their readers, hooked, and master the tools you need to develop and immerse readers in a world of your creation.
    Saturday, June 3, 3:15-4:30PM. (Session #39) Get tickets
  • Reality Bites: Fiction About Teens’ Real Lives (with Kristin Clark, Kim Culbertson, Sandhya Menon, and Alexandra Sirowy, moderated by Alex Green) Being a teenager isn’t easy. Everything is changing both physically and emotionally, and you’re thrust into the most intense situations of your lives, facing heartbreak, anxiety, low self-esteem, peer pressure, and so much more. Reading stories about other teens in real-life situations can help you feel validated—and can often illuminate paths forward. Four authors who write for young adults, Kristin Clark (‘Freakboy’), Kim Culbertson (‘Catch a Falling Star’), Sandhya Menon (‘When Dimple Met Rishi’) and Alexandra Sirowy (‘The Creeping’) share how they capture the unique interior worlds—the joys, the pitfalls, the intimate struggles—of young adults.
    Sunday, June 4, 11:45AM-1:00PM. (Session #58) Get tickets
  • Cornelia Funke’s Breathing Books  “Behind the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive.” The beloved author of Inkheart, the Reckless series, and many other books—all of them re-read repeatedly by her avid fans—is also a publisher. Cornelia Funke’s Breathing Books is a multidimensional production and publishing company committed to the love of storytelling. Cornelia will talk with fans and readers both young and old(er), sharing with them her passion for storytelling and experience as a publisher.
    Sunday, June 4, 12:15-1:00PM. FREE at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park
  • Under 21 Open Mic @ The Bay Area Poetry Festival, Presented by Youth Speaks Emerging emcees! Flex your skills at this open mic night—a performance “open-house” for young writers and performers. Come to inspire and be inspired by amazing young artists across the Bay Area performing spoken word, music, dance, and more. No censorship, all love! Participants must be under 21 years old to get on the mic but everyone is welcome to attend! Sign-ups will take place at the show. #MicDrop
    Sunday, June 4, 3:30-5:00PM. (Session #81) Get tickets

You might also want to check out:

  • 826 Valencia Presents!, with pirate supplies and collective writing activities. Booth in the Children’s Area.

For more detailed information, plus a grid of sessions with times and locations, pick up the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, May 28. We’ll also post a downloadable PDF version of our children’s programming on this site in late May.