The Family Fast Festival: A YWE Special
This event will take place on two consecutive Saturdays during the Fasting period: March 6th and March 13th, 2021. Each day will have two separate programs over Zoom:
A program for youth ages 12 to 18, from 8AM to 11:30AM CST, where they will read and reflect on writing together, learn about the creative service projects of peers around the world, share their writing, and pray together.
A separate 1-hour session for parents, led by panelists who are experienced professionals and Baha’i parents, from 11:30AM to 12:30PM CST. March 6th’s topic will be "How to inspire your children during the Fast" and March 13th’s will be "How to support your creative teen during the pandemic."
Youth and/or parents are encouraged to attend both Saturdays, as each day will be unique! But if you can only attend one day, no problem. You are also welcome to participate regardless of whether your parents or child are able to participate. This is an event open to all!
This event is different from our YWE workshop, and is not a replacement for it! We still plan to host our usual 3-week workshop around July 2021. This might be the perfect opportunity to invite friends who are interested in YWE, but might be a little nervous about committing to a longer event.
Do you want to be a writer AND contribute to the betterment of the world?
Do you want to join a community of writers your age?
Do you want to create THREE great new pieces in only three weeks?
The Young Writers’ Endeavor is a Baha’i-inspired online workshop for writers between the ages of 12 and 18, with the goal of familiarizing youth with the structure and style of different genres, and helping young writers approach writing from a Baha’i perspective, through study of the Baha’i Writings. This workshop is entirely organized by volunteers who have both interest and experience in writing, the arts, and Baha’i community building activities, in collaboration with industry professionals.
For each topic, participants study guidance from the Central Figures of the Faith on arts and writing, get a chance to ask professional writers all their questions, and work on a short piece of their own! Best of all, participants work together with other participants, give each other feedback and encouragement each week, and continue to become better writers together.
Our yearly workshop normally takes place around July. However, we may hold other events at other times.
A glimpse at our 2020 program:
What are some strategies to write poetry, and what makes poetry good? What does the Baha'i Faith say about poetry, and the role of poets? How can our poetry inspire others?
How do we tell a good story? What does it take to combine illustrations and writing well? How can we communicate our beliefs through comics of any genre?
What is a Baha'i story? Can science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance all be Baha'i stories? What does it take to tell a good story? How can we collaborate with other writers?
"It gave me an encouraging writers' group made of people from all over the world. I learned more about different styles of writing. The unique perspective of each person made sharing and collaborating on work super fun."
Sonia V., 13
"This workshop made me understand what it means to be a Baha'í writer and how we can all serve mankind with our art."
Gema S., 16
"I got to explore different creative writing genres, integrate the faith into my writings and get to know an international community of peers who share a love for the art of writing."
Soofia G., 15
Get in Touch
If you want to be added to our mailing list for 2021 or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!