A new programme aims to help art lovers gain inspiration from their daily lives and make the most of their talents. Called Youth YMCArts in Education @ SOFA, it seeks to inspire young people aged 14 to 26 to generate creative ideas from daily life. Four workshops will be held beginning in late October. For $220 (or $200 if you are a YMCA member) you can participate in any one of them over several weekends. For those who would like to express themselves in the performing arts, they can join the six-weekend workshop which will teach them to understand and use their body to not only perform, but also to think and imagine in order to create stories. Filmmaker wannabes might be interested in the workshop on creative photography and film. If you find it difficult to express your feelings, there is even a workshop that teaches students how to get their message across subtly with the help of pictures and words. Independent publishing is very trendy these days with many young people hoping to publish their own books. But printing is not the only way to publish your work. One of the workshops offers an alternative. Using your bare hands, limited resources and your creativity, aspiring authors can publish their work at a minimal cost. The programme will also feature a book exhibition at Kubrick bookshop in late December. Workshop participants will be encouraged to put their published work on sale. There will be an initial quota of 30 and each person will need to have at least 20 copies of their work for the exhibition. The programme will kick off with the music show Let's Talk on October 11. Local bands, including Sway Dog, Cafe' Inn Park and My Little Airport, will give live performances, together with theatre work and visual installations created and performed by 16 teenagers. The arts programme is supported by the Arts Development Council, Yau Tsim Mong District Council, Harbour Records and supported by the Kelly Chen Children Education Fund and Kubrick. Tickets for the music show will be available from Monday at Urbtix. YMCA will accept applications for the book fair and the workshops from September 24. For more information, go to www.s-o-f-a.org or call 2268 7714.