Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001


Redmond hosts Write Out Loud

Write Out Loud! 2001 is the Eastside's 4th Annual Literary Arts Festival. During the week of April 21 - 28, Write Out Loud! will feature spokenword artists, workshops, author appearances, panels and other written and spoken word activities for all ages.
   Eastside writers will have the opportunity to create and present work to the public. Through this event we hope to bring together the Eastside community of writers and to raise awareness of the literary arts.
   Write Out Loud! is organized by volunteers through Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP). RASP was founded in 1997 to establish a vibrant literary community on the Eastside, where people of all ages are empowered to create and perform works of written or spoken art.
   Write Out Loud! sponsorship comes from the city of Redmond Arts Commission and Parks & Recreation Department, with funding from the King County Arts Commission Sustained Support Program.
   Events take place at several Redmond venues that have fostered the literary arts, including Borders Books & Music. Special programs are planned for children, teens and seniors, with a short story contest for children and a live poetry slam for teens. Winners will receive awards, such as prize money, gift certificates, public reading of their work, and publication in chapbooks to be distributed free on the Eastside. The weeklong schedule, with multiple sites, will encourage a wide range of people to participate, and will promote other literary arts events in the area. All events are free and open to the public.
   RASP also organizes a monthly literary event, with featured readers and an open mike, every first Sunday at Victor's Celtic Coffee in downtown Redmond. For more information about RASP or Write Out Loud!, e-mail, call (425) 556-4281, or visit the RASP Web site at
   Schedule of Events
   Saturday, April 21, 1-4:30 p.m., Poetry Fools:
   Three young actors from Second Story Repertory will alight upon Redmond Town Center (16496 NE 74th St.) with literary silliness.
   Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m., Workshop; 3-5 p.m. Open Mic, Senior Writers' Day:
   The Redmond Senior Center (8703 160th Ave. NE) will host a writing workshop by Carol Morrison. She will lead participants in writing exercises involving free-writing, remembering a past event, and anticipating a future event, using imagery and evocation of senses. Following the workshop, there will be an open mic at which workshop participants and others may share their work.
   Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m., Poetry Coffeehouse:
   The Redmond Library is sponsoring a Poetry Coffeehouse with Typing Explosion.
   Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Writing Workshop:
   Children's author and teacher Mary K. Whittington (The Patchwork Lady) will lead a two-hour writing workshop for all ages at the Redmond Library.
   Friday, April 27, 6 p.m., Teen Poetry Workshop and Island Style Slam at Old Redmond Fire House Teen Center.
   Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m., Young Authors' Awards Ceremony at Borders Books & Music in Redmond Town Center.
   Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. Children's Author Panel and Signing at Borders.
   Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. Reception - Crossing Genre: The evening will feature authors who have broken traditional boundaries of genre fiction, at the Anderson Park Adair House (7802 168th Ave. NE). A reception, with catered food, will follow the reading. The event is free to the public.