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April 28, 2022

Young Writers' Workshop now accepting applications for June program

Submitted by Karin Westman

Young Writers Workshop

Do you know eighth, ninth, or 10th-grade students who love to write? Encourage them to sign up for the ninth annual Young Writers' Workshop happening June 27-July 1.

Sponsored by the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the Young Writers' Workshop provides five days of creative writing workshops with the guidance of experienced K-State faculty and graduate students.

Enrollment is free, but the workshop is limited to fifteen students to ensure close attention to students' creative work. This year's workshop will take place at the Beach Museum.

"This year's young writers will spend a week immersed in creativity, with an expert staff and a slate of notable visiting writers from a variety of genres," said Katy Karlin, associate professor of English and program director ex officio.

Incoming program director Traci Brimhall, associate professor and director of the graduate track in creative writing, agrees.

"We are so excited to be returning to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art for the Young Writers' Workshop! There's a great staff and wonderful visiting writers, and I look forward to meeting the young writers who apply," Brimhall said.

Exit surveys from the 2021 class of young writers demonstrate the continued success of the summer program: 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the instructors were encouraging and helpful, and 100% said they felt encouraged to continue writing creatively following the workshop.

"With the continued support of our alumni donors Helen and Duke Dupre and the co-sponsorship of the Beach Museum, we can once again offer young writers the opportunity to develop their creativity and practice their craft," said Karin Westman, department head of English. "We value the opportunity to celebrate and foster the arts and humanities and the young writers of Kansas."

Visit the program's webpage for application requirements and submission information. The priority deadline for applications is May 15, and applicants will be notified by May 25.