Student Authors Celebrate Launch of Behind Closed Doors

newbooksTo celebrate the launch of their book, Behind Closed Doors: Stories From the Inside Out, fifteen student authors have been sharing their stories about their struggles with addiction, sexual identity, abuse, death, bullying and parental incarceration — and discussing the healing power and validation that comes from personal storytelling.

You’ve Got It All Wrong Named Campus Read for Edmonds Community College

You've_Got_It_All_Wrong_front_webEdmonds Community College has selected our student story collection, You’ve Got It All Wrong, as the college’s Community Read for the 2014-2015 academic year. The book, selected through a nomination and voting process involving nearly two hundred students, faculty and staff, will be integrated into the campus theme: Intersections.

You’ve Got It All Wrong is available via paperback at the Edmonds Bookshop, as well as on Amazon and  BN.Com  It can also be ordered at any bookstore.  Ebooks are available on Amazon. 

Teen Stories Go Live at Seattle Public Theater

You've Got It All Wrong liveStudents from Scriber Lake High School  will deliver a powerful performance of stories written by their peers in a live stage performance at Seattle Public Theater (SPT) at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 7th.

The performance, which is free to the public, follows a successful pilot program in 2013, in which twelve teens from Scriber Lake High School worked with SPT teaching artist/director Emily Purington to bring stories from the student story collections We Are Absolutely Not Okay and You’ve Got it All Wrong to the stage. The three stories presented cover gang life, child abuse, addiction, and the hurtful labels people often assign to teenagers.

This year’s performance will cover stories taken from the newest student story collection, Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Inside Out. We hope to see you all there!

 Reclaiming Myself By Writing My Story

ShelbyBy Shelby Asbury – Author, “Good Intentions, Bad Results”

Writing my story has helped me with many things. First of all, it got me over the fear of people laughing at what had happened to me. I always thought people would think I was stupid or something because I let what happened to me go on for so long. It also helped me realize that what happened to me really wasn’t my fault. I had blamed myself for ruining his life over and over again, but in the end I realized that he was the one that ruined his own life. Writing my story also helped me get over it. Before I wrote it, the whole thing was just pushed into the back of my head and I didn’t want to have anything to do to it. But writing made me really know that it’s okay to get over it – even if it’s painful.

Sharing my story was definitely painful at first. I didn’t want people to judge me or think differently of me. After I got over that, sharing my story really helped me know that I could reach out to other people in my position.

What I would say to someone in my position: tell someone that will actually do something about it. Sitting down, hating yourself everyday because the guy you think you love is abusing you isn’t going to make you better. Yeah, he may make you smile, he might make you feel better at times, but in the end, the little bit of happiness he gives you won’t be even remotely important at the end.

Writing my story has had a huge effect on how I look at my future. Now I know a way to express myself without harming myself or crying for hours on end. I know that writing about things I am going through can help me more than I think, and can potentially give someone else an option of what they can do if they need advice. I don’t regret writing my story at all, like I did in the beginning. It was an experience that has changed my life, and I’d be in a dark place right now if it wasn’t for the story.

Read what other student authors are saying about how writing their story helped them. Click Here.

 Sharing the Power of Personal Storytelling

Ingrid and IsabelAuthor mentor Ingrid Ricks and student author Isabel Cordova were recently invited to present at the “Hope Through Mentoring” conference in Bakersfield, California. They talked about the power of personal storytelling and shared how writing their stories has transformed their lives –inspiring conference attendees to explore a storytelling program for the youth they mentor.

Interested in having us present to your organization or school? Check out our Speaking/Workshops section.