Youth Writers Camp


PEN/Faulkner Youth Writers Camp
June 24 – July 3, 2019

Make your voice heard and grow as a writer in our unique, multi-genre writing camp exclusively for teens.

The PEN/Faulkner Youth Writers Camp is an 8-day intensive creative writing academy for high schools students entering 9th-12th grade and recent graduates. 

Youth writers will practice the art of writing and learn about craft; they will have the opportunity to amplify their voices on social topics important to them; and they will grow as writers in our unique, multi-genre writing camp exclusively for teens.

This non-residential program takes place in Washington, DC, home of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the renowned literary arts organization and disseminator of the annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Participants receive instruction by creative writing faculty under the direction of PEN/Faulkner staff. The camp also features guest lectures and conversations by distinguished writers and poets, writing-related field trips around Washington, DC, and a culmination reading and celebration of participants and their work at the end of camp.

Every student will leave with at least one book written by and signed by a guest writer they met during the camp; prompts and ideas for continuing their work; an appreciation and understanding of the craft elements for their genre; a list of ways to take their writing to the next level, whether through performance, publication, or continued study and growth; and meaningful, lasting relationships with writing instructors and other youth writers.

Past youth participants in PEN/Faulkner summer programming have been in conversation with Nicole Chung, author of the memoir All You Can Ever Know; Pulitzer Prize finalist Jenn Abelson and youth writer Chessy Prout for their book I Have a Right To; Tiffany D. Jackson, author of the YA novels Monday’s Not Coming and Allegedly; and journalist Christine Grimaldi.

Applications for Summer 2019 are open January 15 – March 31.


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