Creative Writing

Teens Out Loud

In Spring 2009, Writers in Action collaborated with Linda Connor, BSW, of Duke Medical Center and The Publishing Laboratory to offer a writing course to local teens diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. The course, organized and taught by Chris Guppy (MFA 2011), was called Teens Out Loud.

Ten students, aged twelve to nineteen, signed on to the project, lending their writing talent and enthusiasm. The hybrid structure of the class, with three all-day meetings and e-mail contact between classes, enabled students from as far as Laurinburg and Fayetteville to participate in a Wilmington-based program. Students responded to writing prompts and created life timelines. Their writing and paintings expressed their feelings about HIV and its impact on their lives. The students put their writing and work in a book produced by The Publishing Laboratory, Teens Out Loud: Positive Voices Speak Out.