Omaha Public Library Holds Teen Poetry Workshops

Aug 6, 2013

Teens interested in composing poetry are welcome to attend a series of workshops being hosted by the Omaha Public Library.

Gary Wasdin, Executive Director of Omaha Public Library, says the workshops will be offered once a month, August through November, leading up to the Teen Poetry Bash in December. 

Wasdin says the workshops help teens learn to find their inner voice and express it through poetry. 

He says last year was the first year the library held the competition and they had about 30 finalists.

"It’s great because a lot of teens find a talent they didn’t necessarily know they had inside them.  Poetry is challenging but in many ways, it speaks very definitely to teens.  And it’s interesting to see how writing their own poetry really gives them an opportunity to express feelings and ideas and thoughts that they have in a way that regular narrative writing doesn’t work.”

Saturday’s workshop takes place from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Avenue.