Free Poetry Writing Class for Kids: How to Haiku

November 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Queens Library at Jackson Heights
35-51 81st St
Flushing, NY 11372
Newtown Literary
Free Poetry Writing Class for Kids: How to Haiku @ Queens Library at Jackson Heights | New York | United States

Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available again at Queens Library!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.

The next class is Saturday, November 9th 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Queens Public Library in Jackson Heights, located at 35-51 81st St, for kids ages 8 through 12:

“How to Haiku”

In a haiku, 17 syllables can tell a story about whatever you’d like! The three lines of a haiku are open to great tales of mythological creatures or the falling of an autumn leaf from a maple tree. In this workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of haiku form, read a few examples of how it’s been done from Ancient Japan to modern New York City, and craft a handful of haikus of your own! We’ll share our work as a class and then have some fun scrambling our poems to make new meaning from each other’s words.

Tori Ashley Matos is a Queens native and recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Their work has been featured in Newtown Literary and many other publications and is forthcoming in Sinister Wisdom’s 2020 anthology.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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