Kick-off Party: FRI April 13 @ Harold Washington Library (401 S. Plymouth Ct.) 6PM – 10PM
Festival Day: SAT April 14 @ Columbia College Chicago (623 S. Wabash Ave.) 10AM – 6:30PM

Headliners in Conversation (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Get to know influential literary figures and hear their ideas about writing. ChiTeen Lit Fest Headlining authors Alverne Ball, Jessie Ann Foley, Alex V. Hernandez, Alison Ogunmokun, and Sejahari Saulter-Villegas as they discuss their pathways to being awesome, successful writers, editors, and authors. Hokin Theater, 1st floor

Can’t Get You Outta My Headline (12:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
In a world surrounded by controversial issues, as bloggers and journalists, we need to be able to deliver factual information that engages the public. Discover journalists and bloggers of different practices that will inform and guide them through the ever changing world of writing. Haus Theater, 1st floor

Get Published! A Step-by-Step Workshop (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Learn a step-by-step process on how to submit your work for publication and which magazines to target. Teens will walk away ready to start submitting to magazines. Room 600J

Headliner Workshop with Alverne Ball (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Join headliner Alverne Ball in his workshop on writing comics. He will guide you through learning the basics of comic book scriptwriting by using different media forms to construct a producible script. Room 217

Headliner workshop with Jessie Ann Foley
Where I’m From: Using Setting to Build Story: Everybody comes from somewhere, and every story takes place somewhere. (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
In this writing workshop, learn how to take the places you’re from and turn them into vivid fictional settings for your short story or novel! Room 216

More Than a Single Story: How to Create a Multi-Genre Memoir with Senn High School (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Using the novel Darkroom, learn how to craft a variety of texts that work together to share the defining aspects of your identity. Room 807C

Mr, Ms, Mx From He to Ze: Explore Your Identity (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
With societal gender norms always present, understanding how your identity affects your writing can be challenging. If you have questions, this is the panel for you. Explore just how big of an impact your gender has on your writing. Perhaps you’ve been told you stray off topic or maybe you express yourself in a peculiar way. A judgment free zone, no matter what your pronouns are, could be just what you need. Hokin Theater, 1st floor

Set the Scene (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Imagine having your work performed on a real-life stage for all to experience. If you love writing and plays, and want to know how to fuse them together to create masterpieces, this is the panel for you! Join a conversation and talk side-by-side with seasoned playwrights on the writing process and the motivation behind their work. All the world’s a stage! Room 627

Video Games vs. Poetry with Keith Wilson (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
From Mario, to Final Fantasy, to Call of Duty, the video game industry employs artists and writers of all kinds. But video game designers often get their starts reading and “playing” books: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books are very popular among game designers. Whether you’re interested in writing for video games or in writing poetry or stories, this workshop will teach you the basics of writing branching literature–stories and poems that let the reader decide where to go next. Room 807B

Writing for Activists with Lindblom Writing Center (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Want to voice your opinion on a certain issue, but don’t know how? Want to reach a wide range of people? Writers who have published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Southside Weekly, Windy City Times, and more will help you get yourself and your message out there. Room 600H

[Y]volve Publishing 2018 Teen Chapbook Series Reading (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Join the 2018 Teen Chapbook Series authors and editors as they read from their soon-to-be published chapbooks and share insight into the process of being and becoming a Teen Chapbook Series author. Room 507

Zine Making 101 with Chicago Zine Fest (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)
Discover the world of zines and make your own! Zines are self-published works that are usually photocopied and shared with others. The pages of a zine can hold just about anything you want to create: Personal stories, fiction, poetry, comics, photos, drawings, collages, and more. In this fun, interactive workshop, you’ll make your own mini-zine and contribute to a group zine that we’ll create together on the spot. Room 804C

ChiArts Teen Reading (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Teens from the Creative Writing Program at ChiArts discuss and read their work. A mixture of poetry and prose, these students will be reading their best work and discussing their inspirations, thoughts on writing, ideas on revision, making work public and the driving force to write when there seems to be nothing of interest to write about or for. Room 507

Culture Collage with Cristina Araxie Cass (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Add your piece to the collage of culture and history that make up our community and make a zine to take home. Each teen will pick an object, and make a zine with a story, poem, comic, or other form of writing that explains the significance of that object to their family, culture, or community. We will take pictures of each of the pages of the zines to create a digital collage of our different objects and stories. Room 804C

Discovery of Self with MoZaic (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Examine the experiences that have made you find yourself/art. The workshop will be focused around creative writing whether that be poetry, songwriting, scriptwriting, or another form. How does your art connect with you individually? Are you defined by your art or does your art define you? Get confident in your writing, connect with your creative side, and talk about why you create the art you do. Room 600H

Headliner workshop with Alex V. Hernandez (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Comic Book Journalism: Pop in and learn how investigative and graphic journalism roots out corruption in Chicago (whoa!) and how journalists (like me!) use comic book storytelling techniques in our reporting. Graphic Journalism combines the sequential art techniques normally used in comic books with traditional reporting to tell a feature story. Room 217

Headliner workshop with Alison Ogunmokun (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Immerse yourself in meditative ekphrastic writing with poet, teacher, and comedian, Alison Ogunmokun. We’ll treat this space as a studio session and challenge ourselves to not only look at an image but imagine what it might feel like to inhabit and occupy different landscapes as ourselves, imagined characters, and beyond. Room 216

Human Trafficking Awareness Project Performance with Curie High School (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Through this dynamic and interactive performance of dance, music, theater, spoken word, photography, and power point written by Curie High School teens, for teens, get educated about the threat of human trafficking to youth in Chicago and the world. In this illegal, $32 billion market, a girl or boy can be ordered like pizza and delivered within thirty minutes to a buyer. Learn about the issue, its impact, the recruitment process, how to identify signs to prevent future victims, and resources.
Please note: This performance will be live-streamed. Hokin Theater, 1st floor

Introduction to Podcasting with Blok by Blok (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Our hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of podcast creation, from figuring out what you want to say, to recording good audio, to editing and distribution. You will get a Blok by Blok packet to take notes in during the workshop and take with you when it’s over. With these tools, we hope to empower you to explore the issues that matter to you and create critical content around those issues. Room 804B

Now that We’re Men: A Conversation (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Director/Playwright Katie Cappiello and the teenage cast of the critically-acclaimed play Now That We’re Men engage audiences in a workshop exploring masculinity, coming of age and sexuality. What to expect? A back-and-forth on power, consent, porn, manning up and getting girls (or maybe boys…). Katie and the cast (Caleb, Rayshawn, Jordan and Fred) wrestle with today’s culture in an uncensored way — come with an open mind and ready to challenge the status quo. Room 627

A People’s History of Chicago, by Teens, for Teens with Julian and Senn High Schools
 (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Students counter the predominant negative narrative about Chicago with their own stories, research, and spoken word poetry. In this writing workshop, tell your own story about life in ChiTown. 

Room 807C

Pretty Is Me/Handsome I Am with Stephanie Gates (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Young people grow up with a narrow perspective of what it means to be attractive. This workshop is designed to help young people recognize and confront colorism–a form of discrimination based on skin color, hair, facial features and body image–in their life and work to create a healthier image of self while simultaneously broadening their concept of what it means to be beautiful. Room 600J

Urban Niche (2 – 3:15 p.m.)
Have you ever wondered about the story behind your favorite mural? Or how an artist chooses a location to paint a certain mural? We’ve got the panel for you! You’ll get insight from real street artists about their inspirations to create murals. As well as learning about their processes when creating these murals. Haus Theater, 1st floor

Chi-Town Stand Up with 826CHI (3:45 – 5 p.m)
Chicago is a city with so many untold stories. In this workshop, take a journey through the city by looking at its art, stories, and culture so that we can write our own truth about Chicago. You’ll have a chance to craft a piece of writing that tells the story of your home city. It’s time for you to put on for your city and show Chicago some love. Room 600H

Choose Your Sound: Tackling the Songwriting Process with Guitars Over Guns Alumni (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
Analyze the common elements of songs that are important to you and engage in brainstorming activities for lyric writing. You will have an opportunity to share your work in a judgment-free space and leave the workshop with a piece of work that communicates a message and is unique to you. This is a workshop led by Guitars Over Guns alumni who understand the unique power songwriters hold in our society to change the way people speak, act and feel. Room 216

Fashion, Lifestyle, and Storytelling Through Blogging (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
Fashion is storytelling, too. Do you want to know how to jumpstart your career as a fashion and lifestyle blogger, turning yourself into your own brand? Join some of Chicago’s top fashion and lifestyle experts to explore their world of self-marketing and blogging, and how you can set and share your own trends in today’s digital world. Haus Theater, 1st floor

GEAR UP Student Showcase Reading
 (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
Teens from schools across Chicago perform readings and spoken word confronting the big challenges of being a lit teen in Chicago today: forging identity, taking a stance on social justice issues, and countering outside, negative narratives with the insider’s view of Chitown life. Room 507

Headliner workshop with Sejahari Saulter-Villegas (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
What does the word movement mean to you?! Immerse yourself in an arts exploration of identity and social justice through the mediums of poetry and theater. Come see how Sejahari uses his playwriting and poetry to heal and to create space for him and others. Come explore how art can be a movement and how movement can influence your art! Room 217

On Getting Older Poetry and Zine Making Workshop with Brown and Proud Press (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
Brown and Proud Press core members will lead a poetry circle and zine making workshop. The program will begin with a dialogue on what it feels like to get older and sometimes be misunderstood. As always, BPP aims to help our community heal through creating. Teens will read poetry on the topic and will have the opportunity to submit their original work to be included in a special edition ChiTeen Lit Fest “On Getting Older” collaborative zine. Room 804C

Speak Your Truth (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
Now more than ever the young adult perspective needs to be heard, especially in today’s socio-political climate. If you’re experiencing a roadblock in how you can get involved in your community, join this panel to explore the various creative ways to write, create, and SPEAK your truth. The time for action is now! Room 627

Teen Analysis: The Fire Next Time with Bogan High School
 (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
James Baldwin was a writer who fought for civil rights in the 1960s with provocative words and ideas. Join teens from Bogan High School as we read and unpack Baldwin’s powerful expose’, analysis, and challenge to racial privilege and religious prejudice, The Fire Next Time. We’ll fire back against today’s social injustices as we write our own words and ideas. Room 807C

The Tough Stuff! with Veronica Rose Popp (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
This workshop will offer an overview of the history of family writing, writers who used their dark pasts to influence their award-winning fiction, including Sylvia Plath and Dorothy Allison. Armed with this knowledge, we will continue a family tale of our own. This workshop is perfect for emerging creative writers and lovers of literature to explore cultural and ethnic diversity of literature and learning to address various audience’s needs. Room 600J

Zine Scene: See You in the Funny Pages (3:45 – 5 p.m.)
For most, success begins with making the front cover. For some, this can be taken quite literally. Get to know a sophisticated touch to chapbooks and zines through conversation with three-hole pamphlet stitch as well as more complex bookbinding skills. Learn from the best and you will be making your own cover in no time. Hokin Theater, 1st floor

ChiTeen Showcase: Open Mic and Feature Performance (5:15 – 6:30 p.m.)
Hear Chicago teens read and perform their literary art including poetry, short stories, music and comedy. Come and share your work with a new audience! Haus Theater, 1st floor