Monday, March 22, 2010

AWW Loves Young Writers!

AWW Loves Young Writers... And We Bet You Do, Too!

Conventional wisdom holds that young-people-these-days are not interested in the literary arts.

We at AWW think that "wisdom" isn't very wise at all.

In fact, at AWW 2009, the best-in-show winner of the Dayton Daily News creative writing contest (who was awarded a scholarship to AWW) was a young 18-year-old named Tyler. He wowed everyone with his amazing literary abilities, great attitude, and enthusiasm.

We were so wowed that we started talking about how many super-talented young people had entered that contest.

Then we started asking ourselves... why don't we find a way to open up the workshop to young writers--though 15-18, or entering sophomore-senior year of high school in autumn of 2010?

Our answer was to create the Young Writers program for, well, young writers in the greater Dayton area.

We're asking these young writers to submit three pages of work and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or (if home-schooled) a coach or leader from an activity.

Then, up to fifteen of these young writers will be awarded an AWW Young Writers' Scholarship so they can attend the workshop for $450.00.

These lucky young writers will attend morning classes with all workshop participants, then have lunch with faculty, followed by their own seminar led by Katrina Kittle--AWW alumna, fabulous author (Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers), and former high school teacher.

So... how can you help with this exciting, new program--and the only program for young writers in the greater Dayton area?

First, if you know any young writers that fit the location/age requirements, please, tell them about this amazing opportunity! Details on how to apply (deadline is May 1) and particulars about the program are on our Young Writers page.
Are you a high school teacher in the greater Dayton area? Do you know high school teachers in the greater Dayton area? Work with kids in libraries or similar programs in the area? Then email I will send you handouts to give to these students!
You can also help by becoming an I Believe in Young Writers' Angel. Simply make a $25.00 contribution to the Young Writers' program, to help underwrite the scholarships. Send a check for $25.00, payable to Antioch Writers' Workshop, to our P.O. Box 494, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. Put "Young Writers" in the memo line. (If you'd rather donate via PayPal--no surcharge!--email At the workshop we will publish our "I Believe in Young Writers Angels" list--with your name and if you like your website url. After the workshop, we'll also publish this list in this newsletter and on our own website.

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