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2020 Workshop Online Option Only Due to COVID-19.

The John Carroll Young Writers Workshop (for students grades 8-12) will take place on July 20-July 24th, 2020, on the campus of John Carroll University, directed by award-winning creative writing faculty from John Carroll University.

Because of COVID-19 social distancing, we will be offering the 2020 JCU Young Writers Workshop fully online. All you need is access to a computer, wifi, a Zoom account, and a quiet space to write and talk with your cohort!  

Students participate in a rigorous and inspiring program that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In morning and afternoon sessions, students study with acclaimed writers, engaging in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: form, voice, character, image, scene, and setting.

After reading and discussing the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose, students then write their own stories and poems. Then they participate in lively workshop sessions in which they discuss each other’s work with an eye toward revision. Over the course of the week, students have individual conferences with Dr. Philip Metres and the teachers about their writing, and then submit writing for the anthology, which is published and ready by the final day of the camp. On the final day of camp, families are welcome to attend the final reception and reading.

Basic Day Schedule

9-10 a.m. Zoom to Talk Stories
10-11 a.m. Guided Writing
11 a.m.-noon Zoom for Stories Workshop
12-1 break for lunch and relaxation
1:00-2:00 p.m. Zoom for Reading/Talk
2:00-3:00 p.m. Zoom to Talk about Poems
3:00-4:00 p.m. Guided Writing
4:00-5:00 p.m. Zoom for Poems Workshop