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K-State Today

May 7, 2018

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 fifth annual Young Writers' Workshop, June 18-22.

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

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

"We are looking forward to our fifth season of the Young Writers' Workshop in the beautiful Beach Museum. With a great staff lined up and dedicated to encouraging creativity, it will be an exciting week full of poetry and prose, talking to professional authors, and sharing our work with each other," said Katy Karlin, associate professor of English and program director.

Exit surveys from the 2017 class of young writers support Karlin's assessment: 100 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the instructors were encouraging and helpful, while 93 percent found the four published guest authors to be educational and engaging.

"With the support of our alumni donors Helen and Duke Dupre and the co-sponsorship of the Beach Museum, we offer young writers the 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 webpage for application requirements and submission information. The priority deadline for applications is May 15; applicants will be notified by May 25.