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June 3-7 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, June 3-7 on the SFA campus.

This is the fourth year SFA is offering the program, which is tailored for students ages 13-21 with an interest in reading and writing.

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The SFA Perkins College of Education has partnered with Barrio Writers to host our FIFTH annual summer writing program at SFA campus in Nacogdoches, Texas!

We invite all youth between 13-21 years old to participate in a free, week-long college-level creative writing program founded by author Sarah Rafael Garcia and led by Dr. Heather Olson Beal, Associate Professor of Secondary Education at SFASU.

The program is supported by local educators and will provide youth with an opportunity to learn different forms of writing (poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, short stories, essay), a path to college and free cultural arts field trips!

1-week Writing Workshops
(participants must attend all 5 days)

Monday, June 3, 2019 - Friday, June 7, 2:00-5:00pm
McKibben Building - Room #451

Live Reading:  Friday, June 7, 6:00 pm

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On the map, look for "#18-Education Building (Robert T. McKibben)"

For more information or to register for our FREE workshops, call SFA Barrio Writers at 936-468-1676 or email at Also visit


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.