ASFA-CW: Open House! Sat Oct 19! | 9AM – 10AM – 11AM! | @asfaschool! Lecture Hall! (#seeyouthere!)

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We’re always excited to share what we do and why we do it, so Open House is always a fun event for us. Here are a few links to check out if you’re interested in ASFA-CW:

Our Philosophy

Nuts + Bolts (Poetry + Fiction)

Selected Resources for Young Writers

 

ASFA-CW Welcomes Poet + Performer Jahman Hill for October “Mini-Residency”

We’re pleased to welcome poet and performer Jahman Hill to ASFA-CW for a “mini-residency” in October. On Oct 14, he’ll perform his acclaimed one-man show, “Black Enough,” for our students in the ASFA Lecture Hall. Then on the two following Mondays (Oct 21 + Oct 28), he’ll conduct master classes for our students in writing poetry for performance. We can’t wait to see what the students create under the tutelage of an artist and educator as multi-talented as Jahman!

TJ Beitelman Shares What the Alabama Writers’ Forum Has Meant to a Generation of Young Writers at ASFA-CW

You’re invited to join us on September 22 at 2 p.m., as we gather at the DJD Theater in downtown Birmingham to recognize the Alabama Writers’ Forum‘s extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the literary arts in Alabama. 2019 Harper Lee Award winning author Daniel Wallace is our featured guest. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite!

ASFA-CW’s Ashley Jones Waxes Celebratory re the Alabama Writers’ Forum’s 25 Years of Literary Arts Advocacy

You’re invited to join us on September 22 at 2 p.m., as we gather at the DJD Theater in downtown Birmingham to recognize the Alabama Writers’ Forum‘s extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the literary arts in Alabama. 2019 Harper Lee Award winning author Daniel Wallace is our featured guest. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite!

Busy Day Ahead for @asfaCW! Student-led workshops at Princeton Elementary in the AM; @LindaSuePark at UAB in the PM! #DayInTheASFALife


Around this time every year, things get kinda hectic at ASFA-CW. Readings, applications, interviews, outreach visits, senior theses, college acceptances, classes (of course)…and more! It’s a special place to be, where opportunities and challenges abound, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! In keeping with that attitude, here’s Linda Sue Park’s TED talk, “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?” Her answer? [SPOILER ALERT!] No — but the kids who read them can. (Can a CW department change the world? No — but the students who navigate its steady stream of opportunities and challenges certainly can!)

2019 ASFA-CW Senior Reading #1: Lauryn-Elizabeth D. + Allison S.

Our first senior reading is in the books! Lauryn-Elizabeth and Allison led off the “season” with a homerun of an event — great work, good fellowship, and a fun time had by all.

In case you missed it (or just want to relive the moment), here are some excerpts from what Allison and Lauryn-Elizabeth read for us, along with a few words from both of them about what it was like to write the pieces they’ve excerpted here.

ASFA-CW Sprints to the Fall-Semester Finish Line!

Who says nothing happens in school after the Thanksgiving Break?! Clearly whoever says/thinks that has never seen the goings-on around here — where, if anything, we’ve picked up the pace as November (and the fall semester) comes to a close. To wit:

Just between Tuesday and Thursday of this past week…

  • We fired up the short bus to go visit our writing compatriots in the 5th Grade at Princeton Elementary, where we talked about the importance of sensory detail and we wrote about our favorite foods;
  • We took part in an enlightening, invigorating, and highly interactive ASFA-Theatre workshop based on the work of August Wilson and presented by visiting teaching-artist (and former ASFA student) Nikki Toombs of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta;
  • And poet and editor Dale Wisely, co-founder of One Sentence Poems (among other cool literary magazines), visited our CW Practicum classes to talk about how he balances work, life, writing, and literary citizenship. (Oh, and PS, he also announced that the editors of One Sentence Poems have nominated ASFA-CW senior Anna Butcher for a Puschcart Prize, her second such nomination this month!)

That’s in addition to a flurry of critiques and subsequent revisions as our students prepare to submit their final portfolios in December. Again, we ask: who says it’s all coasting after Turkey Day?!