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The Ohio State University Creative Writing Program
presents the eighth annual
Young Writers Workshop
July 9-15, 2017
fiction poetry nonfiction
Plus 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 Young Writers Workshop (YWW) 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. Each year, the OSU 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 students in and alumni of the Department of English's MFA Program in Creative Writing. Students 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.
Students will attend daily workshops and courses taught by OSU 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. The program will conclude with a capstone event honoring the students and their families.
See the Young Writers Workshop FAQs for additional details about the program!
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 2017). 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.
Please be prepared to submit:
- 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, and
- 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 5 pages.
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).
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.)
Applications for 2017 will also be available in high school English classes.
Applications will be accepted between January 3, 2017 and April 3, 2017.
For more information, please e-mail Mary Katherine Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.