Young Arizona Writers' Workshop (YAWW)


Young Arizona Writers’ Workshop: an intensive weeklong creative writing camp and writer’s workshop for grades 9-12 at the University of Arizona, June 10-14, 2019.

Featuring intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction taught by practicing writers at the University of Arizona, Young Arizona Writers’ Workshop allows young creative writers to practice and refine their craft, to draft and revise poems, essays, and fiction, and to learn about the ways in which these works get published in the world.

Daily activities will consist of reading and discussion in small groups; small creative writing workshops focusing on drafts of student stories, poems, and essays; time alone to think, imagine, draft, and create; conversations with makers and publishers of writing and art on and off campus, and a series of immersions in some of the amazing resources available on the University of Arizona campus.

Each day, time in the writing workshop discussing student work is roughly balanced with creative and “research” time, in which students will work on generating new stories, poems, essays, and personal narratives through freewrites, reading, generative prompts and assignments, and writing from outstanding models. Each day we’ll spend time with a new gem of Tucson or the University of Arizona community, including the internationally-known 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 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 workshop is the heart of creative writing here at the University of Arizona and at the Young Arizona Writers' Workshop. The workshop is where we come together as a community to read each others’ work, to experiment, to try out new projects, to discuss craft techniques for building better characters and stories, for making better and more beautiful and weird sentences and poems.

All students will also meet individually with instructors to talk about their work.

We won’t spend all our time in the workshop, though.

Did you know Tucson is one of the most vibrant literary cities in the country? Here’s a Poets & Writers magazine article <> about the wealth of presses, magazines, writers, collectives, and workshops operating in the old Pueblo. Students at Arizona Young Writers’ Workshop will get the opportunity to try out letterpress printing and digital design, culminating in publishing a booklet of student work at the week’s end.

The University of Arizona’s Creative Writing Program is well-known as one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in creative writing in the country. Its faculty and students have won nearly all the major awards and published thousands of books. Young Arizona Writers’ Workshop is an opportunity to read, be taught by, and work with its both established and up-and-coming writers.

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

No previous experience is required, though a lively interest in reading and writing is expected.

Price: $400, 20% Discount for UA Employees

We may some full and partial scholarships available to those with financial need.

Deadline for registration: June 3, 2019

For more information please email or call 520-621-7216.





A Sample Daily Schedule

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


Cancellation Policy:

No refunds can be made after May 31 2019. 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.


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