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April 12, 2016

Young Writers' Workshop now accepting applications for July 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 third annual Young Writers' Workshop, July 11-15.

Sponsored by the English department with support from the Beach Museum, 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 limited to 15 students to ensure close attention to students' creative work.

This year's workshop will build on the success of the first two workshops and feedback from its participants.

"The young writers were excited to work every afternoon with professional authors, who offered generous encouragement and advice. As we spent the week writing and sharing, the workshop participants grew in confidence. By the end of the week they were excited to read their new work for an appreciative audience," said Katy Karlin, associate professor of English and program director.

Exit surveys from last year's students support Karlin's assessment: 89 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the instructors were encouraging, helpful, and increased their desire to continue to write creatively, while 88 percent found the four published guest authors to be educational and encouraging.

"Thanks to the support of our donors and alumni and the co-sponsorship of the Beach Museum, we are able to provide young writers with an opportunity to develop their creativity in conversation with others," said Karin Westman, department head of English. "We greatly appreciate this investment in the arts and humanities and in the young writers of Kansas."

Visit the program's website for application requirements and submission information. The priority deadline for applications is May 15. 

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