The Laura (Riding) Jackson Teen Writers 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 and home-schooled students in grades 9 to 12. Annual workshops include Writing the College Essay, the Cambridge University American Stage Tour’s presentations on understanding Shakespeare, and Spoken Word Poetry. Additionally, we have offered various workshops on Editing, Blogging, Computer Coding, 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 Writers Workshops, local students have won college scholarships and earned top honors in state and national contests, including the Guideposts Young Writers Contest, The Concord Review, and the Parade Magazine and Zora Neale Hurston poetry contests.
Teen Writers Workshops are going digital! We’ve redesigned out workshops to adapt to the current times and adhere to social distancing guidelines. We’ve also changed the requirements for the Teen Writers Fellow Award. Writing samples will be required for each workshop attended after September 1, 2020. All workshops will be conducted online for the foreseeable future.