Call for Participants:
2016 Writing for Peace Inaugural Online Youth Summit
Join young artists and writers, ages 18-30, in conversation about the matters you care about in this online Youth Summit.
Form of Submission: Online
Summit Dates: April 29th, 30th and May 1st
Submission Deadline: April 25th
“What I Would Say If I Knew They Were Listening, Conversations on Peace”
Fees: There is no fee for participation in this summit, with thanks to a generous grant from Longwood University in Virginia, United States of America.
Participation: In order to provide a safe environment for participants to express themselves, this event is closed to the public. Participants are invited guests, ages 18-30, and will be given the password for admittance to the Summit following the acceptance of their submissions.
Description: In this online summit, 100 invited participants from schools and colleges in the US, Mexico (through Colectiva Poéticas), and Canada will have the opportunity to submit and present their creative work on the following theme: “What I Would Say If I Knew They Were Listening, Conversations on Peace”.
Submissions will be accepted in the following areas: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, and Dance, and will be accepted via Submittable link above in the following specific formats:
- Photos: Please submit high‐resolution images as JPGs or PNGs. Maximum file size is 5MB.
- Creative Writing: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Genre X, in written (PDF, DOC, or DOCX) or video format, as a reading (see below).
- Videos: to submit videos, participants should upload videos to YouTube as a private video and send the unlisted link to SubmissionsForWFP@gmail.com . That link will then be embedded on the WFP site. Please use your first name last name and the title of your film in the subject.
Participants work will appear on the closed summit website for the conference weekend, and then will remain only if the participant desires to include it in the post‐summit open website. Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to hear live‐stream TED‐style keynote speakers—young people from their generation from around the world—talk about what it’s really like growing up globally, living in the midst of war, and becoming 21st century young activists. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in threaded and real time online discussions with their global peers on topics including the impact young artists can have on Women’s Issues, LGBTQ Issues, Sustainability and The Environment, Hunger, Education, Using the Arts for Social
Change, and Using Social Media for Real Change.
Keynote Speakers include:
Lyla June Johnston is a Navajo poet and peace activist from Taos, New Mexico, who has found her home in the service of humanity. After studying Human Ecology at Stanford University, Lyla founded Regeneration Festival, an annual celebration and honoring of children and young adults worldwide.
Nathan Blanc is an Israeli who refused to serve in the IDF (Israeli army) “because of its actions against the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.” Nathan held fast to his convictions, despite being sentenced 10 times, to a total of 178 days in jail. Nathan’s struggle was first of all a struggle for the freedom of conscience, but it was also a struggle for peace between the Jews and the Arabs in Israel.
Amal Kassir is a 20 year old Syrian‐American spoken word artist. Born and raised most her life in Denver, CO, she came from a dinner table of tabouleh and meat loaf, Arab father and American mother, best meals of both worlds. She runs a project called More than Metaphors that focuses on the education initiative for displaced Syrian children, but uses the grass roots to bring communities together for all conversations.
D.M. Aderibigbe was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated with a BA in History and Strategic Studies from University of Lagos in 2014. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. He is the recipient of 2015 and 2016 fellowships and honours from Oristaglio Family Foundation, Entrekin Foundation, Dickinson House, Callaloo and Boston University where he is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing.
Writing for Peace is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing in order to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world. Our goal is to inspire and guide young writers to refine their craft and to consider the many ways their writing focus
can bring us closer to nonviolent conflict resolution, a society that values human rights, as well as environmental and economic sustainability.
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