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31st Annual Young Writers' Workshop

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17

1:30-4:00 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.


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.


Students who will enter the 4th-8th grades in Fall 2015.


$250. Make your check payable to Young Writers' Workshop and mail by June 5. Refunds are available, minus $10 for handling, through June 24, 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. 


Applications for the 2015 workshop will be available as we get closer to the spring of 2015. 

Young Writers' Workshop Application Form (currently unavailable)


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. 


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.

NOTE: Students who would like to work in science fiction or fantasy genres, please request "Fiction" and note your interest on your emailed application and writing samples. Our director and instructors will try to accommodate your interests. ALSO: Students who would like to work in dramatic writing, please note in your application if you have a preference between writing plays or screenplays.

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.