About Teen Writers
Teen Writers Workshops are free, interactive classroom writing workshops open to teens and home-schooled students in grades 9 to 12. Annual workshops include college essay writing, poetry writing, and a variety of writing genres.
Taught by top-level university professors and published writers, the workshops are funded by grants from generous sponsors and presented by The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, with founding members Charlotte Terry and Pam Proctor.
Past college essay writing workshops have helped hundreds of students not only learn how to craft a college entrance essay, but how to present themselves in a college classroom. Through the Teen Writers Workshop, local students have won college scholarships and earned top honors in state and national contests, including the Guideposts Young Writers Contest, the Parade poetry contest, and the Zora poetry contest. Poetry workshops have culminated in student publication of poems.
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Workshop member Brooke Willis received international recognition when her essay on crusading journalist Nellie Bly was published in The Concord Review, a prestigious journal for high school history students.
Juniors and Seniors in the IB program at Sebastian River High School and Lincoln Park Academy can receive CAS creative hours for workshop participation and for related writing projects submitted to the Teen Writers Workshop. Students at other schools should check to see how these workshops and writing projects may fulfill special academic and/or community service requirements.
Because Teen Writers Workshops are ALWAYS free to ALL high school students, we depend on the generosity of sponsors like you. Our Teen Writer sponsors care deeply about the literary arts, education, and the power of words to transform communities.
It doesn’t take huge sums to cover hard-dollar expenses for these workshops, including the Presenter Fee, room fee, administrative costs, and workshop materials. Keep in mind, your support encourages enthusiastic contributions of others – family, friends, teachers and mentors who volunteer at the workshops and cheer students on to success.