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33rd Annual Young Writers Workshop

Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 22

1:00-4:00 p.m., Winston Hall, 2301 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC

The Young Writers Workshop is a two-week, non-residential summer camp with daily afternoon sessions to help young people develop and explore their creative writing talents.

Sponsorship

The Young Writers Workshop began as a nonprofit project by the Raleigh Writing Alliance, a group representing area writers and writing instructors. The program is now sponsored by the NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of English.

Eligibility

Students who will enter the 4th-8th grades in Fall 2016.

Tuition

Coming soon. Make your check payable to "NCSU - Young Writers' Workshop" and mail by June 5. Refunds are available, minus $25 for handling, through June 25, 2015. After that date and up to the first day of the workshop, refunds will be granted only if a replacement applicant is available. Refunds will not be granted after the workshop begins. 

Registration

**Registration for the 2015 workshop will open March 15.**

Financial Assistance

The Young Writers Workshop will consider requests for financial assistance based on demonstrated need and student motivation. Limited financial assistance is available. **The deadline for financial assistance for the 2016 workshop is June 1.**

Faculty

Our workshop faculty are working writers--some of whom also teach part or fulltime at area colleges and high schools--who not only love the craft of writing, but practice it. 

Classes

This summer's likely course offerings will be in poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and dramatic writing. Each student will select their top three course preferences. Students will be placed in at least one of their preferred classes.

Poetry is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a "composition in verse or some other patterned arrangement of language in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm." Students will learn and experiment with a variety of poetic forms and techniques in this class.

Prose - This workshop will consist of fiction and creative non-fiction. Students in this class will write narratives in an artful way, such as in nature writing, travel writing, memoirs, and food writing, for instance. They will learn the fundamentals of fiction such as character development, dialogue, point of view, and construciton of plot. 

Illustrated Fiction - This new workshop will focus on the creation of graphic novels and children's literature. 

Dramatic Writing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "a composition in prose or verse, adapted to be acted upon a stage, in which a story is related by means of dialogue and action, and is represented with accompanying gesture, costume, and scenery, as in real life." Dramatic writing can take the form not only of playwriting (for a stage), but also screenwriting (for a movie or video screen). In this class, students will learn some of the basic techniques of writing plays and/or screenplays, such as setting a scene, creating characters, constructing a plot, and moving a plot forward through dialogue -- and then (you guessed it!) they will apply these techniques to their own one-act plays or screenplays.

NOTE: Students who would like to work in dramatic writing, please note in your application if you have a preference between writing plays or screenplays. Our director and instructors will try to accommodate your interests.

Method & Structure

The Young Writers' Workshop offers craft lectures and genre specific small-group workshop environments for children interested in developing their creative writing skills. Over the course of the two-week workshop period, experienced, working writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction encourage participants to explore their own creative writing abilities. Our teachers are especially good at working with young writers--nurturing and guiding their enthusiasm and talent by building on skills and craft. Student-to-teacher ratio is low — usually no more than 12 students per class — so that participants can receive the benefit of the instructor's expertise and individual attention.

Our students are not graded but are encouraged and invited to explore their own styles of writing in our workshops and beyond. During the two-week program, they read from their own writings, work in small groups and workshops, and receive one-on-one craft-based instruction in plot, character, action, dialogue, conflict, and more.

YWW students are grouped by interests and if possible, by age (older students together with older students, younger students with their age group, as well). Students will be enrolled in two classes. Classes are about 65 minutes long with a short snack break in between. Students are supervised at all times. 

Publication and Celebration

On the final day of the workshop, we celebrate the students' work with a reading and reception. Workshop participants will read their own material and then will receive a journal of work produced by them and their peers. Awards will be given for the journal title and cover art. Parents, families, and friends are invited to attend the celebration and show support for their creative writers.