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Each year Waterline Writers and friends volunteer to judge Slammin’ The Sun Down, the teen spoken word poetry competitions where “the points are not the point; the poetry is the pointbut judges get to assign points anyway—after 15 minutes of training!  You don’t have to be a spoken word poet, a poet, or even a writer to be a judge.  If you have an open heart and an interest in young people and how they see they world they are inheriting and trying to negotiate, you’re qualified!

Poetry club students from Schaumburg, Bartlett, Glenbard East, and 3 Chicago high schools compete in these regional competitions in preparation for Louder Than A Bomb* in Chicago next month.

This year’s hosts are Adam Gottlieb and Corey Davis Dillard. For the workshops, they are joined by teaching artist  +

If YOU will be available THIS SATURDAY, January 16, from 9:30-3 (or even from 9:30-12), email us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com. There is no cost to judges for admission and participation in the workshops. If you’re not judging, admission is $7. This year STSD will be at:

Schaumburg High School 
1100 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

9:00 – 9:45 Student Check-in & Ice Breakers

9:30 Check-in for the judges!
9:45 – 10:15 Opening Ceremonies

10:15-10-30 Training for the judges!
10:30 – 11:30 Preliminary Bouts

(you’ll be assigned to one of two rooms)
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch (free for judges)
12:15 – 1:00 Breakout Workshops (free for judges)
1:00 – 1:30 Open stage for Workshop material
1:45 – 2:45 Finals for winners of a.m. bouts

(fewer judges needed)

Email waterlinewriters@gmail.com to sign up or ask questions, then visit Slammin’ The Sun Down on Facebook, and click Join or Maybe!

Testimonials: Judges say “I’d love to help out again next year!” and “I have been telling everyone–there is no shortage of young talent on the literary scene!” and “I was blown away! I wasn’t expecting it to be such an inspiring 2 hours!” “It was so much fun and I got a good poem out of the workshop.”

Diana Zwinak, Executive Director of Teen Writers and Artists Project, the organization that makes this event a reality, says, “Y’all don’t even KNOW the magic that can happen here!”  Anne Veague of Waterline Writers adds, “The opportunity to experience STSD as a judge really is one of the best opportunities we can send your way–don’t miss it!”

Louder Than A Bomb * links to the award-winning documentary about this phenomenon’s Chicago origins. The website with current details is under construction for a few days.

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