Writing with Echo (ages 12-18) (By RSVP)
December 13 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min
Join us for a writing workshop with actress and writer Echo Brown. Echo will lead participants in a workshop geared towards igniting the creative fire within. During this two-hour workshop, participants will learn about tools to help them reconnect to their own internal creative spark, dismantle creative blocks and identify the difference between ego and genuine creative work.
Light refreshments will be provided. This event will take place in the Library’s lower level reading room.
About Echo: Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller from Cleveland, Ohio, who strives to inspire and provoke. Her first solo show, nominated as one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle, “Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters” was nominated as one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and ran for two years to sold-out crowds both nationally and internationally. Written, produced, and performed by Brown, the success of the show led to invitations to speak at Facebook, Google, Dropbox, and TedX Talks. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Brown took an unusual path into the arts. She began her career as an investigator, examining allegations of misconduct against members of the New York City Police Department. She went on to study investigative journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism before moving to California to work for Challenge Day, an award-winning nonprofit that provides transformational workshops in high schools. While there as a motivational speaker, she created and performed dynamic and moving stories for high school audiences across the country. The response led Brown to become a full-time storyteller.
Brown’s search for creative expression continues with her first book, Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, available through Macmillan January 2020. The book is an attempt to come to terms with Brown’s difficult and traumatic childhood and to make meaning out of incomprehensible experiences. Heavily autobiographical yet infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent, coming-of-age story. Echo is currently based in Paris, France and is working on a second book about her time at Dartmouth and another one woman show about Josephine Baker. Find out more here.
Advance registration is required for Teen Nights (sign-up HERE), and each teen attending must bring a signed permission slip (available HERE). Send an email to Celeste, our children’s and teens’ services manager, with questions. Participation in teen events is free for Library members and 10€ for non-members.
For questions about programs for teens, and young writers, contact our children’s and teens’ services manager, Celeste Rhoads: firstname.lastname@example.org.