The YOUNG WRITER WORKSHOP in June is a week-long residential workshop for Texas high school students interested in developing storytelling skills through multi-genre exercises in writing, drawing, acting and filmmaking. The program founded in 1998 by Fred Reynolds gave small-town high school students a way to explore and develop their creative talents. The 10-year summer camp thrived and became the basis for college programs Reynolds later led through the City College of New York. In 2016 we revived the high school week-long program.
In the workshop students will be guided through hands-on exercises designed to develop a strong foundation in the story-building process. They will learn to use storytelling elements such as sound, image, movement and words, and practice how they work together to bring a project to life. They will learn how to develop a unique voice with something powerful to say in a supportive environment surrounded by good writing examples, discussions about the creative process and mentors to guide them. It is more than creative development, it is leadership training at its best. Ask one of our alumni. It's a lot of fun, but it's what you put into it.
Entering freshmen through graduating seniors are eligible to apply. Students stay at the Spur Hotel and other host homes around town with their chaperons, college students from nearby universities. Throughout the week they will develop creative skills and working relationships in a collaborative, supportive environment that nurtures creative thinking and values risk-taking and "failure" as part of the development process. No previous experience is necessary, but students should come with an all-in attitude, prepared to leave their comfort zone. The only thing we require is a willingness to learn, work well with others, and try new things. Once admitted into the workshop, tuition sponsorship is awarded to each student for most of the cost of the program.
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Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION HERE.
Deadline to apply is midnight, May 7, 2017.
Admission letters will be sent out by email before May 14.
The majority of the cost of the program is underwritten, but we ask students to contribute $250 to their tuition for the week, due upon acceptance of the workshop invitation sent May 14 to be considered "accepted."
Limited sponsorship to cover tuition is available if needed. Please contact us after you submit your application form if you would like to apply.
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