Scriber Lake High School authors headline EdCC’s annual Community Read event on April 29

readeventStudents authors from Scriber Lake High School will read excerpts from their anthology You’ve Got It All Wrong and perform true personal stories about the serious issues teens face on Wednesday, April 29 at Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre.

The readings and stage performance, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., are a celebration of You’ve Got It All Wrong, a collection of true personal stories about the students’ struggles with addiction, abuse, death, abandonment, peer pressure and family issues that was selected as Edmonds Community College’s Community Read for the 2014-15 school year.

Ksenia P Koon, Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement Director for Edmonds Community College who nominated the student-authored book, says the impact the story collection has had on both students and staff throughout the campus has been phenomenal.

“Our entire campus community has engaged with this book because it covers personal struggles everyone can relate to,” Koon said. “It’s started a dialogue among our students and staff and has made us understand the importance of sharing our stories.”

You’ve Got It All Wrong is one of three student story collections that has been published by Scriber Lake student through Write to Right, a program that fosters healing, validation and literacy through personal storytelling.

Write to Right was co-founded by Scriber Lake English Teacher Marjie Bowker and Seattle Memoir Author Ingrid Ricks, who have been using narrative writing to help students find their voice and power since January 2012. The program, which includes narrative writing and publishing curriculum, has now spread to several high schools and has inspired other student anthologies, most recently in Utah. For the past two years, Write to Right has also teamed with Seattle Public Theater  (SPT) to bring the stories to life on stage. STP will restage this year’s performance for the April 29 Community Read event.

“It’s been a huge honor for my students to have their book selected for EdCC’s Community Read and have it read and discussed by faculty and students across the campus,” Bowker said. “More than anything, it demonstrates the intersecting power of personal stories and we’re looking forward to sharing these stories and experiences with the community on April 29th.”

The April 29 Community Read event will feature two student readings/performances at Edmonds Community College’s Black Box Theatre: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public though seating is limited during the morning performance.  Each event will last an hour and a half, followed by a short Q and A with the student authors. Student books will available for purchase, with proceeds going to support the ongoing writing program at Scriber Lake High School.

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