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Writing & Storytelling



Creativity • Clubs • Mentorship

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 A place

To BE your summer self

To BE Your Summer Self

Welcome to Summer, 2024!


The Bureau of Fearless Ideas is so excited to invite you to apply for one or more of the following writing & storytelling adventures at our Greenwood & Yelser Terrace locations! Together, we’ll get into our “Summer Selves” by telling campfire tales, writing outside, and crafting new stories with some creative friends and teachers. See you soon! 

To apply, complete one of the following interest forms by June 21st:

After you apply we’ll reach out to confirm registration/waitlist status. Space is limited. Filling out this application does not guarantee registration (but we’ll try our best to find a spot for everyone).

*Note: The workshops below will meet at either our Greenwood neighborhood location (8414 Greenwood Ave. N.) or our Yesler Terrace location (221 10th Ave. S. #174). Some of our workshops will meet at special locations (like a local park). Once you are registered, Fearless Ideas staff will follow up about specific drop-off locations, and other important logistics.

Along with our “My Summer Self” workshop at Yesler Terrace, this summer our Yesler Terrace HQ will be partnering with other local service providers to offer enrichment programs for youth in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood. If you would like to inquire about attending as a student, volunteer, or teen intern, please email Roberto Ascalon, roberto at fearlessideas dot org to learn more.

For all other summer questions, email Matt Gano, mattgano at fearlessideas dot org.

I enjoyed the ways you were able to connect us with ourselves and the whole group through writing and creativity." 

- Fearless Ideas Student in 2020


Summer 2024 Program



Greenwood Summer Programs

For Students Entering Grades 3 - 6

Fearless Adventure Club (Woodland Creatures Edition)

Dates: Monday-Wednesday, July 8, 9, 10 — 10:00am to 12:00pm

Ages: For students entering grades 3-6



Adventure with us into the wild world of creativity at Fearless Adventure Club! From the smallest bugs to the biggest trees - we’ll examine the sights, sounds, smells, textures (and more) of Seattle’s natural wonders as inspiration for stories and poems. This workshop will take place outside at one of our favorite summer writing locations — Woodland Park (next to the zoo).

Campfire Stories at Fearless Ideas

Dates: Monday-Wednesday, July 15, 16, 17 — 10:00am to 12:00pm

With Special Campfire Reading event on Thursday, July 18th — 7:30pm-9:00pm (location TBA)

Ages: For students entering grades 3-6



The fire is the oldest meeting place for stories and the passing of knowledge - it’s where we can share myths, allegories, stories that scare us, stories that teach us, and stories that send our imaginations out into the summer stars. Join us for three days of storytelling by the “fire.” We’ll craft and create an imaginary fire in our writing center at Greenwood (no actual flames) as a place to draft our stories. Then, at the end of the week, we’ll invite friends and family to join us for a special campfire event where we’ll share our stories, along with a few s’mores!

Field Guide to Imaginary Creatures

Dates: Monday - Wednesday, July 22, 23, 24 — 10:00am to 12:00pm

Ages: For students entering grades 3-6



Did you know that the Phoenix is the official mythical creature of our Greenwood neighborhood? Just south of us in Fremont there’s a famous troll, and in Madrona there’s a whole valley populated by gnomes.  Join us for this third week of summer fun as we adventure into the world of local myths and Imaginary Creatures. We will use detective, journalistic, and naturalist skills to uncover the stories of local legends in our quest to document a field guide to Seattle’s imaginary creatures. 

Complete an interest form by June 21st and staff will follow-up with you for next steps.

Greenwood Summer Programs

For Students Entering Grades 6 - 9

Write Here, Write Now

Dates: Thursdays: July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8 —1:00pm to 3:00pm

Ages: For students entering grades 6-9


In this weekly writers’ meet-up for middle school students, we’ll tune into the present moment, writing along with our senses to capture the essence of summer. Each day we’ll experiment with different art media and go on adventures in the neighborhood to create original work. Along the way, we’ll grow a supportive group of friends that we can share our work with this summer and beyond. (Pizza and snacks provided).

Complete an interest form by June 21st and staff will follow-up with you for next steps.

Greenwood Summer Programs

For Students Entering Grades 9 - 12

Monthly Writing Workshop

Dates: TBD

Ages: For students entering grades 9 - 12


Are you a high school student looking to get a head start on your personal statement for college? We are gauging interest around a monthly writing session at Fearless Ideas this summer and heading into the fall. If you are interested in getting help from an experienced writing mentor on your essay, and developing your ideas alongside other teens, please fill out this interest form. Reach out via email with any questions: Matt Gano - mattgano at fearlessideas dot org.

Yesler Terrace Summer Programs

For Students Entering Grades 3 - 5


My Summer Self (A Workshop at Yesler Terrace)

Dates: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ages: For students entering grades 3 - 5


Summertime does something magical to the city of Seattle. Could it be the warmth of sun on closed eyelids, shouts & laughter from the pickup game on the soccer field, the smell of fresh mown grass? Taught by veteran master teaching artists and writers this Yesler Terrace session will use our “summer selves” as the inspiration to write and make art. Who will you become this summer?

Complete the Yesler Terrace Interest Form to show interest in attending this program. Or, reach out to Roberto Ascalon: roberto at fearlessideas dot org

Greenwood 3-6
Greenwood 6-9
Greenwood 9-12
Yesler 3-5

Program Costs

We are committed to making sure our programs are accessible to everyone. As in the past, our after-school programs will be offered for free, but we encourage you to consider a donation in lieu of a fee. Your support will greatly help us continue to offer high-quality programming to more families in our community. If you are interested in making a donation (of any amount) to empower this work, please click HERE.


Questions about our summer programs? Email Matt Gano.

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