Summertime Creative Writing Opportunities For Young Writers

Calling All Teen Writers!

It’s July! It’s hot! It’s the middle of summer! That means there’s a sizzling good chance you’ve got time to check out some awesome creative writing-related opportunities. If you’re a young writer, or know one, here are a few:

For teen writers who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

DFW Writers’ Workshop, a professional non-profit authors organization, will host a free workshop for young writers, in grades 9-12. The workshop will be offered Saturdays, July 12 through August 16th. Each registered participant will receive free resources materials, critique and advice from professionally published authors (Including A. Lee Martinez, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Tex Thompson, Jenny Martin and more!) And…not only do teens get a t-shirt, but they also have the opportunity to have a piece of their workshopped work published in a special DFW Teen Anthology (plus one free copy!)

For teen writers who live on Tumblr/Wattpad/Instagram/Twitter

Check out the Freshman Fifteens Teen Mentoring contest! This summer, Freshman Fifteens are partnering up with Wattpad to deliver an amazing, one-on-one mentoring experience for teen writers. Interesting in working with a debut YA author? Excited about having the opportunity to get feedback and have your short story published in a special watt pad anthology? Check out the details here.

Also, The Gotham Writers’ Workshop offers ongoing, online, tuition based TeenInk classes, for young fiction and non-fiction writers. Each class is taught by a professional writer, and best of all, there are “no grades, no exams, no wrong answers—just creative writing.”

For teen writers who live in Minneapolis (or anywhere else)

The Loft Literacy Center, one of the nation’s leading literary arts centers, offers DOZENS of writing classes for teens. Many are ongoing, and there are new offerings all the time! Some classes meet at the Loft, but many are offered online, too. Most classes have a tuition fee, but fear not, scholarships are available.

For teen writers who live in outer space/Middle Earth (Or perhaps even Pittsburgh?)

The Alpha Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop for Young Writers is an intensive, once-in-a-lifetime ten-day teen writing workshop held annually at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Teens, ages 14-19 years old, who are interested in sci fi, fantasy, and/or horror may apply. Each year, stellar authors (such as Tamora Pierce, Bruce Coville, Tobias Buckell) run the workshop and each young writer will work on writing, researching, critiquing, listening to presentations by authors, and giving public readings of their own work.The tuition covers the workshop, housing, meals, and transportation during (not to and from) the workshop. There are scholarships available each year.

For teen writers who live in the Boston area

Boston’s Grub Street Creative Writing Center offers a TON of opportunities for young writers! These include free Saturday workshop classes, tuition-based teen writing camps, and even some pretty awesome fellowships, in which teens work one-on-one with real authors, meet editors and agents, and go on publishing field trips.

BONUS: Forty of the Best Web Sites for Young Writers!

BOOM. Happy July and Happy Scribbling!

 Jenny MartinJenny Martin is the author of TRACKED, coming May 5, 2015 from Dial/Penguin.

Jenny is a librarian, a book monster, and a certified electric-guitar-rawking Beatle-maniac. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son, where she hoards books and regularly blisses out over all kinds of live and recorded rock.

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