Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop

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The Ohio State University Young Writers Workshop is a week-long summer program for high school students in Columbus City Schools, charter schools in the city of Columbus, South-Western City Schools and Reynoldsburg City Schools. This year, for the first time ever, we are also inviting students in city high schools across Ohio.

YWW students will attend daily workshops and courses taught by Ohio State Department of English faculty, graduate alumni and graduate students and have time to work on their own writing every day as well as attend readings, sessions with visiting writers in various fields, and other events, and participate in an open mic reading of their own work.  YWW students study fiction, poetry and/or nonfiction. The program includes special presentations on a variety of other topics by visiting writers; potential topics include writing graphic novels, songwriting, writing for TV and literary journalism. The program will conclude with a capstone event honoring the students and their families.

Each year, Ohio State creative writing faculty choose 30 students from the application pool to come live on campus and study writing with writers from around the country — including current graduate students in and alumni of the Department of English's MFA Program in Creative Writing. Student participants are selected based on the promise of their writing; we don’t ask for grades or letters of recommendation, just a statement of intent and writing samples. The program is entirely funded by a generous donor, and all participating students receive full scholarships. 

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APPLICATION INFORMATION

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Participation in the workshop is limited to students of current sophomore and junior ranking (those who will be rising juniors and seniors in the summer of 2020).  If you participated in last year’s YWW as a rising junior, you are welcome to apply again this year. Your application will be evaluated in exactly the same way as all others.

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Please be prepared to submit the following:

  1. A statement (no more than one page long) about your interest in writing, and why you would like to be a participant in the Young Writers Workshop at Ohio State
  2. A sample of your creative writing, in any genre(s). No more than 20 pages (excerpts from longer works are fine) and no fewer than five pages. This writing sample, along with your statement of interest, is the single basis for your admission into the Young Writers Workshop, so choose it carefully. (It can be something you’ve written for school or something you’ve written on your own, or a combination of the two.)
    • Do not submit academic/analytical papers or other essays that are samples of your critical writing: we are interested in your fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction (by the latter, we mean — for example — a true story about your life, a reflective personal essay that expresses your thoughts and ideas about something you’ve observed or experienced, a piece of literary journalism or any other piece of writing that showcases your own creativity).

Note: Do not put your name or any other identifying information on your writing sample or your statement. These will be separated from your cover page and assigned a code that matches your application; they will be evaluated anonymously by the director of the YWW Program.

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The eleventh-annual Young Writers Workshop will take place from July 13-17, 2020. Applications are due April 6, 2020. 

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To submit an application, complete this webform.

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For more information, please email MaryKatherine Ramsey at Ramsey.240@osu.edu.