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Southampton Offers Writing Workshops for Teens

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Students enrolled in last year’s summer writing workshops at Stony Brook Southampton.

The Young American Writers Project (YAWP), created and sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, has announced that it will offer weeklong School Break Writing Workshops for teens during the winter and spring school breaks. The workshops will pair professional writers with middle and high school students for five-day retreats in poetry, essay, fiction, creative writing and script writing.

The Winter Break Writing Workshop will be in Creative Writing, and will run February 20 to 24, from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Student writers will develop and hone their fiction, poetry and personal essay skills in order to discover the most powerful ways to express their ideas and to have them heard. By week’s end, each student will have several pieces of completed work to submit or publish.

The Spring Break Writing Workshop will be in Script Writing, and will run from April 9 to 13, also from 10 am to 3 pm each day. Beginning and advanced student writers will develop and hone their script writing skills, and by week’s end each student will have completed a short script for stage or screen.

Both workshops will take place at Chancellors Hall on the Stony Brook Southampton campus. Student work from both workshops will be eligible for publication in the YAWP Ezine and for presentation in the “Sounding Our YAWP” event at Stony Brook Southampton in late April.

The course fee for each workshop is $525. Partial scholarships are available.

YAWP is dedicated to mentoring young people in the development of creative expression and critical thinking through writing. YAWP programs are offered throughout the year in area schools as well as during the summer at Stony Brook Southampton.

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