Teen Writers Workshop

Monday, July 24 - Friday, August 4

12:30-4:00 p.m., Tompkins Hall, 2301 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC

This summer program consists of afternoon workshop sessions to help teens develop their creative writing talents. Often, students who have aged out of the Young Writers Workshop find a new group of like-minded friends and creative soul mates in this sister program.

Questions about the program can be addressed by email to Dr. William K. Lawrence at Wklawren@ncsu.edu



The Teen Writers Workshop, which grew out of the popular Young Writers Workshop, was begun by Daun Daeman in 2007. It is sponsored by the NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English and is a nonprofit program.



Rising 9th-12th graders and graduates who will enter college in Fall 2017. 


Applications will open on March 1. Please apply for the 2017 program hereNote that there is no automatic confirmation. You will be notified of your status within 30 days.

Applicants must select three top preferences and will be placed in at least one of them. Note, that you can only be placed in fiction or genre fiction, but not both.

Note that you are not registered or guaranteed a seat until you have been accepted, paid tuition, and signed the waiver (see below).



Upon acceptance, please send payment and the waiver, which will be emailed.

Early bird registration March 1 - March 31  $275  (applied and paid)

Regular registration April 1 - May 31  $295  (applied and paid)

Late registration June 1 - July 1  $325  (applied and paid)

Pay online HEREOr make a check payable to "NC State- Young Writers Workshop" and mail by the appropriate date to: William K. Lawrence, c/o Young and Teen Writers Workshop, Department of English, Campus Box 8105, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695.

Students cannot be admitted until payment has cleared. Returned check fees are $25.

Refunds are available, minus $25 for handling, through June 10, 2017. After that date and up to the first day of the workshop, refunds will be granted only if a replacement applicant is available. Refunds cannot be granted after July 1. 


​Financial Assistance

The Teen 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 2017 workshop is June 10.** Please send this request formScholarship recipients will be notified in June.



We are writers who are teachers and teachers who are writers. All workshop faculty are experienced and professional teachers at the high school and college level.



This summer's course offerings will be in poetry, creative nonfiction, dramatic writing, fiction, genre fiction, and graphic novels. 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.

Digital Storytelling, Visual literacy training, photography and writing come together in the Digital Storytelling workshop. Using cell phones, cameras, or other digital devices, students will make images to enhance or stimulate narrative explorations on the themes of Self, Family, Community and/or Nature. Access to a digital camera and laptop is strongly recommended.

Graphic Novels, a specialized workshop that will focus on the creation of graphic novels and literary comic books. This course features instruction on writing and drawing.

Dramatic Writing - This workshop will focus on playwriting for the stage, as well as screenwriting for film. 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 to 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.

Fiction, for our purposes, is "the species of literature which is concerned with the narration of imaginary events and the portraiture of imaginary characters" (Oxford English Dictionary definition). Students in this class will learn about some of the basic techniques of fiction writing, such as developing characters, writing dialogue, managing point of view, and constructing plot and narrative -- and they will then apply these techniques to their own short stories or novel chapters.

Genre Fiction, a specialized fiction workshop that will focus on specific genres like science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or romance. 


Method and Structure

The Teen Writers Workshop offers craft lectures and genre specific small-group workshop environments for teens 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. Student-to-teacher ratio is low — 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, nurtured, 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, conflict, and more. 


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.