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March 18, 2019

Young Writers' Workshop now accepting applications for June program

Submitted by Karin Westman

Do you know eighth-, ninth- or 10th-grade students who love to write? Encourage them to sign up for the sixth annual Young Writers' Workshop, June 24-28. 

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 limited to 15 students to ensure close attention to students' creative work.

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

"We are excited about our sixth season of the Young Writers Workshop, and we look forward to another fun and eye-opening week," said Katy Karlin, associate professor of English and program director. "Once again, middle school-aged writers will have the chance to meet published authors, explore the beautiful Beach Museum of Art, and work on their own poetry and fiction with experienced instructors and like-minded peers."

Exit surveys from the 2018 class of young writers support Karlin's assessment: 93 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the instructors were encouraging and helpful, while 100 percent enjoyed having the Beach Museum of Art as their home for the week.

"With the support of our alumni donors Helen and Duke Dupre and the co-sponsorship of the Beach Museum of Art, we are pleased to offer young writers the opportunity to develop their creativity and practice their craft," 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.

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