LEI offers evening programs for teens

The Coventry neighborhood bustles at night, and not just for adults. Lake Erie Ink (LEI), the nonprofit writing space for youth, provides a place where teens can hang out and explore their creativity in a variety of ways.

LEI has created various workshops for teens in grades 6–12 to help them express their unique visions and  develop their literary style and form. These workshops, affectionately called Evening Ink, offer something for everyone. 

The Teen Writers’ Workshop meets on Tuesday nights. Participants write, express themselves, and encourage one another in their literary pursuits. The workshop meets 6:30–8 p.m. 

Another offering is Stage Write—a comedy club for teens that meets on Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Teens gather to find comic relief through stand-up comedy and sketch writing. 

In addition, the teen editorial board is set to publish its fourth annual anthology of teen literary works. This year’s theme is Fundamental Elements. (Think fire, water, wind, and earth.) Teens interested in reading and compiling the publication are invited to join the teen editorial board. The board meets on select Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 

All Evening Ink programs take place at LEI's offices at Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, 2843 Washington Blvd., and begin the week of Sept. 3. 

Teens who have a poem in their notebook, a song in their heart, or a joke in their pocket are invited to share these (and other special talents) at LEI’s Teen Open Mic nights. Everyone is welcome. 

For more information about these and other LEI programs, visit www.lakeerieink.org

Adam James Zahren

Adam James Zahren holds an English degree with an emphasis in creative writing from Allegheny College, and coordinates LEI's Ink Spot program, for third- to sixth-graders.

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