The Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop Accepting Applications

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YoungWritersThis sounds like wonderful opportunity for any burgeoning writer. I can’t even imagine the type of impact this type of workshop may have had on me when I was in high school (had it been available…along with the internet).

Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for high-school students ages 16 – 18 who have an interest in writing. Their goal is to help students develop creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. For more than nineteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Workshop groups (with no more than thirteen students in each group) meet for five hours a day. In addition to freewriting exercises and responses to “prompts,” students write stories, poetry, personal narratives, reflective passages, and experimental pieces. They also use writing to explore, creatively and analytically, short works by established authors. While traditional expository essays are not assigned (nor is any work at Young Writers graded), a number of their exercises help students approach difficult texts, formulating their own questions and ideas—skills that will serve them well in writing papers for school and college.

Young Writers takes place at Kenyon College. The program is sponsored by The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s preeminent literary magazines. The cost of a session is $2275. Need-based scholarships are available. In addition to the online application form, each student must also submit a brief story or essay (not to exceed 300 words) that illustrates why he or she is interested in participating in the Young Writers program and what he or she might contribute to it. A teacher’s letter of recommendation, a high school transcript, and an optional financial aid application must also be postmarked and/or submitted electronically no later than March 1, 2015. Go here to get started.

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