Teen Writing

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Teen Writing Workshops, partially funded through a grant from Quail Valley Charities, are free, interactive writing workshops offered throughout the school year and are open to teens ages 13-19. Topics change from year to year, but include: Editing, Blogging, Computer Coding, Shakespeare, YA Novel Writing, and Screenwriting. Each of these dynamic workshops, taught by either university faculty or published writers, gives students opportunities to not only explore but also obtain valuable feedback on their creative writing.

Our highly successful college essay writing workshops have helped hundreds of students learn how to craft impressive college entrance essays that are sure to gain the attention of admission officers. Through the Teen Writing Workshops, local students have won college scholarships and earned top honors in state and national contests, including the Guideposts Young Writers ContestThe Concord Review, and the Parade Magazine and Zora Neale Hurston poetry contests.

Teen Fellow Award

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Teen Writing Fellowship is a prestigious award that recognizes students who demonstrate dedication and commitment to the development of their literary skills and talents.

Online Teen Writing Workshops

During the COVID pandemic, we developed six online courses that are still available to students!

Teens Listen

LRJF is helping teens learn the process of interviewing members of the community and documenting their stories. Teens Listen is a project that engages students in our community in an experience that will develop skills of interviewing and listening by recording the significant views adults have about living in this community.

Write in the Middle

Write in the Middle is an annual middle school summer camp. Look for details about our Summer 2024 program to be available in January 2024.