Seven years, seven books. And every one of them a success.
In 2011, Scriber Lake High School teacher Marjie Bowker began what was to be a one-time experiment. She and her writing class decided to publish a paperback book of 14 student-written autobiographical stories.
It wasn’t easy. Every one of the young authors had background problems such as depression, anxiety, failure, addiction, sexual abuse, and even suicide, and — as hard as it was — they wrote about their experiences for all the world to see.
In the cover notes of that first book, teacher Bowker said, “By writing and sharing their stories, they are coping with their past and seizing their future.
“They are also reaching out to other teenagers—to let them know that they are not alone and that … they have the power within themselves to make it better.”
The seventh in the series is out now, entitled Listen: Young Writers Reflect on Chaos, Clarity, Action, Balance. It debuts with readings by this year’s young authors on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5 at Café Louvre – 210 5th Ave. S. in Edmonds. Admission is free.
Brad Thomas, the Youth Services chair for the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club, said, “The Daybreakers have contributed to the presentation of every one of the books. It is one of the most worthwhile things we do.”
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the students will once again present readings from the book along with original music by student musicians at Edmonds Lutheran Church – 23525 84th Ave. W.
A few weeks down the road they will be part of a theatrical presentation of their stories, tentatively planned for the Phoenix Theatre in Firdale Village. The dates are not yet finalized, but will be announced soon, said Bowker.