Young Writers Workshop
July 8 – 19, 2019
1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Tompkins Hall, 2211 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC
The Young Writers Workshop is a two-week summer afternoon program that helps writers ages 9-14 develop and explore their creative writing talents and skills.
Sponsorship and Origins
The Young Writers Workshop is a nonprofit program sponsored by the NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English. The YWW was started in 1986 as a project developed by professor Lucinda MacKethan and originally sponsored by the Raleigh Writing Alliance, a group representing area writers and writing instructors. The very first guest writer in 1986 was award winning North Carolina writer Clyde Edgerton.
Questions about the program can be emailed to the director, Dr. William K. Lawrence at email@example.com
Students who will enter the 4th-8th grades in Fall 2018. Note that if you are entering 9th grade in the fall you will need to apply to the Teen Writers Workshop.
NC State provides equal opportunity in all education programs and activities. NC State engages in equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. For more information on NC State’s Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy, please visit policies.ncsu.edu
Step 1: Application
Please apply HERE for the 2018 program starting on March 1.
Note that there is no confirmation for your application. You will be notified via email of your status within 30 days.
Applicants must select their top three preferences and in most cases accepted students are placed in at least one of them. Courses are assigned on the first day.
Note that your child is not registered or guaranteed a seat until you have been accepted, paid tuition, and signed the waiver included in the admissions acceptance email.
Step 2: Pay Tuition
*After acceptance to the program, please send payment.* Note that your child has not reserved a place until you have received an acceptance email, signed the waiver, and paid the tuition. Cost of tuition depends on when you pay (see levels below). NO payments can be accepted after June 30.
Early bird registration March 1 - March 31 $275
Regular registration April 1 - May 31 $298
Late registration June 1 - June 30 $335 [requested workshops not guaranteed]
Remember, you must apply and pay by the end of the tuition level expiration. Applications submitted in the last few days of the cycle are not guaranteed to be reviewed in time.
Students cannot be admitted until payment has cleared. Returned checks will result in a $30 administrative fee.
Refunds are available, minus $30 for handling, and only through May 31. After 5/31, refunds will be granted only if a replacement applicant is available, minus $30 for handling. No refunds can be granted after June 30.
Tuition includes the workshop, a t-shirt, a printed anthology, and the final celebration.
Step 3: Sign the E-waiver
Once your child has been accepted to the program, please sign the e-waiver and pay using the links provided in the acceptance email. Your child cannot begin the program without this waiver signed.
The Young Writers Workshop considers requests for financial assistance based on demonstrated need. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis. **The deadline for financial assistance for the 2019 workshop is June 1.** Please use this request form after applying to the program. Scholarship recipients will be notified in June or earlier up to two weeks after applying.
If you are a state of North Carolina public employee, your child is eligible for a 10% discount off the cost of the regular admission fee. For this discount, you must mail a check or money order payment to address listed in the acceptance email.
Our workshop faculty are working writers and artists-- some of whom also teach at area colleges and high schools-- who not only love the craft of writing, but practice it. We also host guest writers who read and discuss their work.
This summer's course offerings will be in poetry, prose, graphic novels, and dramatic writing. Each student will select their top three course preferences. Students will be placed in two courses.
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. They will learn the fundamentals of fiction such as character development, dialogue, point of view, and construction of plot.
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 in 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 instructor will accommodate your interests.
Graphic Novels / Comics (seats are filled/workshop closed)- This workshop will focus on the creation of graphic novels and literary comic books. Participants work on both writing and drawing. Students will write in prose, comic scripts and/or original comics, and gain tools for moving stories among these forms of writing. Students will learn the basics of writing dialogue, creating characters, designing visual narratives, working collaboratively, use of timing, metaphor, humor, and narration, as well as learn how to script a story for other artists to draw.
NOTE: This is a writing workshop; no drawing or art experience is necessary. There will be opportunities to create visual art and/or tell stories through imagery, but our focus is on writing.
Method and Structure
The Young Writers Workshop offers genre specific small-group workshop environments for children interested in developing their creative writing skills. 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 — 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 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 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 (bring-your-own) snack break in between. Young writers 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 may choose to read their work and will receive a printed anthology. Prizes will be awarded for the anthology cover art. Parents, families, and friends are invited to attend the celebration and show support for their creative writers.