Young Arizona Writers' Workshop

Providing intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and allowing young creative writers to practice and refine their craft.

About the Program

Young Arizona Writers’ Workshop is an intensive, weeklong, creative writing camp for high school students, grades 9-12, hosted at the University of Arizona.

Featuring topics in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, the Young Arizona Writers’ Workshop allows young creative writers to practice and refine their craft, to draft and revise their creations, and to learn about the ways in which these works get published in the world.

Each day, the time is balanced between discussing students' works and providing them time to do creative "research" for their work. Students will work on generating new stories, poems, essays, and personal narratives through free-writes, reading, writing prompts and assignments, and writing from outstanding models. We will spend time working with the UA Poetry Center, the Letterpress Lab, the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive & Video Game Library, and the many libraries and collections of strange and beautiful phenomena housed on campus. Students will also visit with editors from the national journal Sonora Review, the University of Arizona Press, Spork Press, the online journal DIAGRAM, and many more publishers.

The week will culminate in a public reading of student work, with the publication of a booklet of students’ writing. Family & friends are invited!

Registration Requirements

Below you will find all the important information regarding program registration:

  • No previous experience is required, though a lively interest in reading and writing is expected.
  • Price: $400, 20% Discount for UA Employees. We may have some full and partial scholarships available to those with financial need.
  • Deadline for 2020 registration: TBD

For more information please email sharonne@email.arizona.edu or call 520-621-7216.

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Sample Daily Schedule

Daily activities will consist of reading and discussing in small groups, small creative writing workshops focusing on students' drafts, alone time to think and create, conversations with makers and publishers of art and writing both on and off campus, and a series of immersions in some of the resources available at the University of Arizona.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Fiction workshop
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Time to write
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Letterpress Lab immersion
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch on Campus
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Poetry workshop
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Generative writing/project time or small reading groups
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Nonfiction workshop

Cancellation Policy

No refunds can be made after TBD. For cancellations made prior to that deadline, a full refund less 20% of the registration fee paid will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows.