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Young Writers' Workshop

June 19-23, 2023


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!

NOTE: The 2023 workshop will be held in person at the Beach Museum, unless COVID restrictions require a virtual modality.


 YYW 2018

Read about the success of the 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Young Writers' Workshops, and read an archive of daily blog updates on the Young Writers' Workshop blog.

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Location: Beach Museum of Art.


Daily Schedule

8:30 – 9:00  Gather at the Beach Museum

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

10:45 – 12:00 Writing and sharing

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch break

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.

 YYW 2018

Cost: Free to apply and to attend.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be entering 8th, 9th, or 10th grades, with preference for young writers from Kansas.
  • Applicants must complete the application form and submit their application by May 15, 2023
  • Applicants must provide a confidential letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal.



  • Complete the online application form, which will ask for a 150-word personal statement from the applicant about their interest in the program (uploaded as a Word file or PDF) and the name and email address for the reference.
  • Space is limited to 15 participants with preference given to young writers from Kansas, so submit applications by May 15, 2023 for priority consideration!
  • Confirmation of acceptance will be provided by May 25, 2023.
  • Applications submitted after May 15, 2023 will be considered as space is available.


Program Staff

  • Dr. Traci Brimhall, Program Director and Lead Instructor
  • Dustin Vann, Assistant Director and Instructor
  • Dr. Katy Karlin, Program Director Ex Officio
  • Instructors -- TBA
  • Program Assistant -- TBA


  • The Department of English
  • Helen and Duke Dupre
  • The Beach Museum
  • The Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation


Questions? Email us at english@ksu.edu.


Past offerings of the Young Writers' Workshop.