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June Virtual Conference 1-week Barrio Writers Event

Stephen F. Austin State University's James I. Perkins College of Education will host Barrio Writers, a free weeklong summer writing program this June.

Nac/SFA Barrio Writers will be holding our SIXTH summer writing workship in June 2020, in a revised and virtual format, due to COVID-19.  Stay tuned for details about dates and accessibility!

Our Nac/SFA chapter is excited to launch our first ever online journal, which is being housed on the SFA Scholaroworks page

Barrios Writers Journal

Do you want to publish your own writings?

Do you want to go to college?


If you answered yes (or maybe you have nothing else to do this summer & want to try something new for FREE), please join us! You must:


Be between 13-21 years old

Have a device and internet able to use ZOOM and Google Classroom

Attend virtual workshops 12:00-1:00 pm, MWF June 1,3,5 and June 8,10, 12, 2020

Write 2 pieces in ANY style: poetry, short stories, essays, hip-hop, spoken word

Present your work at a Live Reading on Zoom
                        Friday, June 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm




Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or their wait-list status by May 26 and must RSVP by May 28 in order to qualify to attend.



Barrio Writers was founded by Sarah Rafael García, author of Las Niñas: A Collection of Childhood Memories, in June 2009.

The Barrio Writers program consists of free workshops & additional "Café 
Hours" (one-on-one tutoring) throughout the academic summer break & monthly cultural arts events during the school year for teens. Through these workshops & events, students will build their skills in reading, grammar, creative writing, critical-thinking and freedom of expression through the cultural arts.

One goal of the program is to publish an anthology collection of written works demonstrating the diverse backgrounds of teenagers. All profits from the book will be returned to the Barrio Writersprogram for future years. The long-term goal is to publish a new edition each year with hopes that more neighborhoods will adopt the program.

The writing workshops are designed to empower the teenage community while establishing a self-sufficient educational program that will represent community pride, perseverance & endless possibilities for following generations.