Teen Writers Workshop

Monday, July 23 - Friday, August 3

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 2018. 

Step 1: Application

Registration is now closed. Please check back on March 1, 2018.


Step 2: Pay Tuition

**Upon acceptance, please send payment and the waiver, which will be emailed.** Note that your teen writer has not reserved a place until you have received an acceptance email, signed the waiver, and paid the tuition.

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

Regular registration April 1 - May 31  $297  (applied and paid)

Late registration June 1 - July 1  $335  (applied and paid)

Students cannot be admitted until payment has cleared.

Refunds are available, minus $30 for handling, and only through June 1. After June 1, refunds will be granted only if a replacement applicant is available, minus $30 for handling. No refunds can be granted after July 1. Returned checks will result in a $30 administrative fee.

Tuition includes the workshop, a t-shirt, the printed anthology, and the final celebration.


Step 3: Sign the E-waiver

Once your teen writer has been accepted to the program, please sign the e-waiver and pay using the link provided in the acceptance email. No one can begin the program without this waiver signed.

​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 2018 workshop is June 1.** 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 Teen 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.

Creative Nonfiction is defined by the Associated Writing Programs as "factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, meditative, and lyrical elements of novels, plays, poetry, and memoir." The tools and techniques for writing fiction and creative nonfiction are very similar. Students in this class will be writing true stories in an artful way, such as in nature writing, travel writing, memoirs, and food writing, for instance. They will not be writing academic essays, reports, term papers, or other nonfiction of that kind.

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 — usually between 8-12 students and no more than 14 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. 

TWW students are grouped by interests and age (older students with older students, younger students with their age group, as well). Students will be enrolled in two classes. Classes are 65 minutes long with a 30 minute craft talk  and a 15 minute (bring-your-own) snack break in between. 


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 cover art. Parents, families, and friends are invited to attend the celebration and show support for their creative writers.