Barrio Writers

Inspirational workshop empowers teens to explore self-expression

Inspirational workshop empowers teens to explore self-expression

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context.

By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education, and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “barrio” to its original meaning — community — and embracing it. This writing community began with small workshops at El Centro Cultural de Mexico that have now evolved into week-long, intensive programs on university campuses across America. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Having also published several summers of writing into anthologies, they collaborate to promote diversity, cultivate creative writing, and offer a new voice in literature.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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The Barrio Writers workshop transforms stereotypes into a place of positivity through creative writing. Courtesy of KLRU-TV