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Young Writers' Workshop

June 26-30, 2017


Young Writers WorkshopUnlock your creativity ...


If you love to tell stories,

if you scribble poems,

if you write essays,

apply to the Young Writers’ Workshop!



For one week on the campus of Kansas State University, work with experienced teachers, dig into your imagination, and command the language to create original, inventive works of writing.

Meet with published writers -- slam poets, graphic novelists, oral historians, and playwrights -- who will share advice on where to get ideas, how to get going, and why they write.

Join us for a week of creative immersion!


Read about the success of the 2015 Young Writers' Workshop, and read an archive of daily blog updates on the Young Writers' Workshop blog.

Follow the Young Writers' Workshop on Twitter and Facebook.


Location: Beach Museum on the campus of Kansas State.


Daily Schedule

8:15 – 9:00  Drop-off, with continental breakfast provided

9:00 – 10:30 Welcome, warm-up exercises, and writing workshops

10:45 – 12:00 Writing and sharing

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch provided

1:00 – 3:00 Visit from guest writers

3:15 – 4:00 Writing time and wrap-up exercises

Program concludes with a graduation ceremony and reading by the participants.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be entering 8th, 9th, or 10th grades.
  • Applicants must complete the application form and submit their application by May 15, 2017. Deadline extended to May 24, 2017.
  • Applicants must provide a confidential letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal.



  • Completed application form (.pdf), with 150-word personal statement from the applicant about his or her interest in the program
  • Space is limited to 15 participants, so submit applications by May 15, 2017 for priority consideration!
  • Confirmation of acceptance will be provided by June 1, 2017.
  • Applications submitted after May 15, 2017 will be considered as space is available.


Program Staff

  • Dr. Katy Karlin, Program Director and Lead Instructor
  • Instructors (TBA)
    • Kira Frank
    • Brian McCarty
    • Dylan Pyles
      • Interested in applying to serve as one of our 2018 Instructors? See the call for applications in January 2018.
  • Program Assistant (TBA)
    • Kirsten Hermreck
      • Interested in applying to serve as our 2018 Program Assistant? See the call for applications in January 2018.



  • The Department of English
  • Helen and Duke Dupre
  • The Beach Museum


Questions? Email us at english@ksu.edu.


Past offerings of the Young Writers' Workshop.