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Lit Youngstown announces workshops and its fourth fall festival

Registration is open for two July workshops offered by Lit Youngstown and its fourth Fall Literary Festival.

Putting the “I’s’ in Activism: Personal Narrative as a Form of Transformative Resistance, a workshop on writing about personal convictions and experience, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. It will be led by Adrianna Lamonge, founder of the nonprofit Rustbelt Social Justice Education and Activism. The cost is $15.

A free Teen Writers Workshop will meet twice monthly in July and August beginning Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It is designed to give teens a safe and respectful environment for writing and creative expression. The facilitator, Carrie George, is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

This year’s Fall Literary Festival runs Sept. 24 to 26 and will include more than 50 presenters offering readings, writing workshops and talks on writing and publishing.

Featured writers include poet Cynthia Atkins, novelist Quincy Flowers and children’s author Janet Wong. The keynote speaker, David Giffels of Akron, writes on Rust Belt culture and identity.

The cost to attend the conference is $45 for adults $10 for graduate students and part-time faculty and free for undergraduate and high school students.

The events will take place online via Zoom, and registration is available at LitYoungstown.org.

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