Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#5 Barrio Writers Workshop at KIPP Austin

Before the holiday break, BW Founder Sarah Rafael García taught 1-class period workshops at KIPP in Austin, Texas. She was hosted by an empowering high school teacher (and poet) whose goal was to influence her students through creative writing—Yay for Ms. Minde!

For the next few weeks we will be featuring Ms. Minde's students on our blog! During the workshops the youth read, wrote and shared as a community (60 mins: 20-reading, 20-writing, 20-sharing). They read and discussed works by Tim Z. HernandezJasminne MendezRene S. Perez II and Barrio Writer Jesse Castillo!

After reading, they were asked to respond to a writer by doing "blackout poetry" or writing their own poem/story in similar style as the writers read in the workshop.

After writing, all the students were offered the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback from their peers. They were also invited to share on our blog!

Today's piece is by Giselle Garibay, she created her own poem through freewriting!
Freewriting: often done on a daily basis as a part of the writer's daily routine, usually for 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Write without worrying about spelling, grammar, or making corrections (revisions or editing). It’s one way to reduce writer’s block and develop a natural voice. If you reach a point where you can’t think of anything to write, then write that you can’t think of anything, until you think of something else to write. 
Here's Giselle's poem:

How You Do It

when I see you
you always seem so blue
but when we hang out

you're happy again.

you're the reason my heart beats everyday
you're the reason I act a different way
every night you always pray
hoping that there's another day.

everyday when I think about you and smile
but when I'm away from you it's gone for awhile.

how do you do this?
you motivate me spiritually

how you did it
no one knew
that's why there a place for you.

even though you make me mad
you will always be my dad.
                                     —Giselle Garibay

Check out her submission! Great writing, great voice Giselle!