Barrio Writers TV Premieres Wednesday!


Barrio Writers, a program started in Santa Ana, has helped transform youth through self-expression into published authors! Now, today they hit television screens in Garden Grove and other cities throughout Orange County. Check out the following press release as well as cities, dates, and times where you can catch Barrio Writers TV.


Carissa Hernandez didn’t know what to expect when she joined 30 other students in a program called “Barrio Writers,” in the summer of 2009. Program founder and author Sarah Rafael Garcia wanted to provide youth in underserved communities a chance to express themselves in a free, college-level creative writing workshop. The effort resulted in a book titled, “Barrio Writers, Empowering Teens Through Creative Writing.” But getting the word out about “Barrio Writers,” didn’t end with a first edition. Hernandez is set to share the work of her fellow students, as host of the Barrio Writers TV show set to air on cable TV Feb. 23.

“It was unnerving seeing yourself on the screen,” says Hernandez now a sophomore at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana. “Being able to see how the whole TV thing works – the different takes – and then when you see the show, how it all fits together.”

The program was taped last year at the Time Warner Television studio in Garden Grove. The teens recite their works on camera including poetry, short stories and bi-lingual writing. Workshop students composed and performed the theme song.

“What I look forward to at a Barrio Writer workshop is that glow on their face, the pride they feel for the first time when they share their stories,” says Garcia.

“The Barrio Writers is an open space to get to know yourself and learn from others,” says Xochitl Sanchez. “It has definitely reinforced my drive to use my opportunities when it comes to college.”

The Barrio Writers TV show begins airing on February 23 through March 16 in the following cities:

Garden Grove – Ch. 3 Wednesdays @12:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Orange – Ch. 6, Tuesdays @ 7 pm
Huntington Beach, Midway City, Fountain Valley, Rossmoor, Westminster, Stanton, & Cypress – Ch. 6 Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Buena Park, Fullerton, Placentia, & Santa Ana – Ch. 95 Wednesdays @ 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, Saturdays @ 4:30 am and 4:30 pm
Anaheim/Anaheim Hills & Villa Park – Ch. 97 Fridays @6:30 am and 6:30 pm, Saturdays @ 4:30 am and 4:30 pm
Brea, La Habra, La Habra Heights, & Yorba Linda – Ch. 98 Fridays @ 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, Saturdays @ 4:30 am and 4:30 pm

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