ForWord is one of the community projects offered by the non-profit literary organization, BorderSenses (est.2000) that strives to connect, inspire, and evolve ideas about writing for authors ages 13-19. Learn more about the project
We are currently conducting workshops at Jefferson High School, EPCC Northwest Campus Library, and Glasbox Studios. Learn additonal information
ForWord is one of the community projects offered by the non-profit literary organization, BorderSenses (est.2000) that strives to connect, inspire, and evolve ideas about writing for authors ages 13-19.
ForWord Project was developed with the idea of improving awareness of the written word in its various forms for the youth of the border region. The project not only exposes youth to the written forms but helps improve writing and confidence of young writers by utilizing a workshop environment in a beneficial manner. Young writers learn how a workshop environment can improve their own writing through feedback, utilizing fellow writers to illustrate and learn techniques, all while exposing them to the benefits of technology such as tele-workshops. Participants have metrics such as portfolios and are also provided with opportunities for publication. Through these opportunities ForWord Project hopes to create an environment where young writers can cultivate their interests in arts and move forward with their education.
Writing workshops will be available at various locations in the city at various times throughout the year.
ForWord Project seeks to offer new artistic and academic opportunities to the diverse youth of the El Paso, Texas area by using literature and technology to engage their creativity while learning the value of the arts and higher education.
Yasmin Ramirez is a native El Pasoan. She attended the University of North Texas, located in Denton, where she earned her degree in Psychology. Before undertaking her graduate education, she decided to join the corporate rat race during which she pursued her heart’s desire of writing short stories. After her short story, “Six”, was published in the North Texas Review in 2009, she decided to pursue her long-term goals and enrolled in graduate studies at The University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA, writes a blog And Then, and is active in the literary community.
Lacy Mayberry began writing stories and poetry when she was 15. A Utah native, she's since called many places home: Idaho, South Dakota, New York City, Arizona, and now Texas! She studied creative writing at the University of Arizona and recently received her MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her short stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in 322 Review, Literary Mama, and Mirage.
Gloria Amesquita has lived in El Paso most of her life. She studied at the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice. One of her interests is assisting local organizations that help promote education and the arts.
We are currently conducting workshops at Jefferson High School, EPCC Northwest Campus Library, and Glasbox Studios.
Workshops are conducted in two month increments and we ask that participants commit to the duration to ensure the development of their writing. Upon completion participants will have several works for a writing portfolio. Workshops focus on writing techniques but are not limited to elements of tone, imagery, point of view, and character.
We are always looking for new locations to host writing workshops throughout the city. Wish we were at a location near you? Send us a message!