Cheyenne River Youth Project launches Wíyukačanyan Wówawičhakhiyapi (creative writing) course for teens; Application deadline is Friday

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is preparing to launch its sixth teen internship program at Eagle Butte. Applications are now available for the new Wíyukačanyan Wówawičhakhiyapi (Creative Writing) Internship, which will officially start on Thursday, February 24. The application deadline is Friday (February 18, 2022).

Classes will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until April 6. During the seven-week course, teens will explore the writing process through reading and practicing various genres of writing, including poetry. , fiction, creative non-fiction, journaling, academic writing and journalism.

“The literal translation of Wíyukacanyan Wówawičakhiyapi is ‘They are able to write with thought,’” said Jerica Widow, director of programs at CRYP. “This internship will give our children the opportunity to not only develop their craft in each genre, but also feel empowered to express their own unique voices and perspectives.

“They will meet accomplished Indigenous writers such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, and they will be challenged to incorporate elements of Lakota culture – as well as their experiences of living on the Cheyenne River reservation. – in their own work,” she added.

Applications are now available at the CRYP office at the Čhókata Wićhóni Teen Center or at area schools. Interested teens can also contact Widow at [email protected] or Internship Instructor Joseph Elia at [email protected] to receive an email application.

“We ask all applicants to submit an essay, explaining why they want to participate, what they hope to gain from the internship, how much writing they have done to date, and why they would make a good candidate,” Widow advised. . “We also ask for a sample of their work. This course is for all skill levels; we just need to have an idea of ​​where everyone is, so we can tailor the course appropriately.

Young people learn to make wasna with Executive Director Julie Garreau at CRYP’s Čhókata Wičhoni Center for Teenagers.
Photo credit Cheyenne River Youth Project.