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Teen Writers’ Master Workshop 2017

This in-depth creative writing intensive is meant for the teen writer ready to jump in with both feet. Workshops are taught by accomplished writers and will guide participants in honing their skills. Writers of all genres are welcome and encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Admission by application only. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today! The application can be found here: TeenWritersMasterWorkshopApplication2017

Must be rising high school sophomore, junior, senior, or just graduated, as of start date of program.

TWO WEEKS, ALL DAY,: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, July 10-21, 2017

Plus evenings: Teacher readings Wednesdays July 12 & 19, 7 p.m., Student reading Friday July 21, 7 p.m.

$625 W&B members or general public

Note: Partial and full scholarships are available for this program. An application can be found here.

Morning Workshop Instructor: Sarah Cedeño

Special topic instructors will include: Leslie Youngblood, Michael M.B. Galvin, Roc Bottom Slam Team, and more TBA

Are you a dedicated creative writer looking for specialized instruction and a peer group? Writers & Books’ brand-new Teen Writers’ Master Workshop is designed for serious and advanced writers. Each student will be assigned a workshop group and primary instructor with whom you will meet every morning from 9-noon. These morning sessions will provide intensive lessons on craft, a wide variety of generative creative writing prompts, professional workshop experience, and instruction on revision and editing. A strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of  reading as a writer. Reading and writing assignments will be expected to be completed at home over the course of the two weeks.

The afternoons will be dedicated to specific subjects within the world of writing including intensives in screenwriting, fiction, slam poetry, and how to give a quality reading of your work, plus one-on-one conferencing with your primary instructor.

In addition instructors will give evening readings of their own work. The whole program will culminate with a final student reading on Friday night and a published anthology of student work from the workshop.




Scholarship Application

Instructor Bios:

Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, Redactions Journal of Prose and Poetics, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. She lives in Brockport, NY with her husband and two sons, and teaches creative writing at SUNY Brockport. She is the Fiction Editor at Animal Literary Magazine and reads for The Clockhouse Review. She holds an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. She is at work on a collection of short fiction and blogs about writing, teaching, and life in general at

Michael M.B. Galvin spent the last twenty years as a professional screenwriter in Los Angeles. He has worked with major studios like MGM, Fox, Disney, Warner Brothers and Miramax along with a slew of independent studios and production companies. His adaptation of “Fat Kid Rules the World” with writing partner Peter Speakman won the audience award at the 2012 SXSW film festival. Galvin is also the co-author of the “Rebels of the Lamp” series of middle-grade novels on Disney’s Hyperion imprint. There is a Post-It note on his refrigerator that asks ‘Why aren’t you writing?’

Roc Bottom Slam Team Founded in January 2013, Roc Bottom Slam Poetry Team is Rochester’s first adult slam poetry team. Program director Lu Highsmith of LuCreations Productions leads the team, which consists of Aceyon (team captain), A.O.R, Michael Dreitlein, Marvelous Marvin, Ladii Love, Chi The Realist, K-T, and Poetically Undefined. The team’s performances range from ranting to rapping, narratives, story-telling to singing, with all of that sometimes beautifully overlapping while addressing harsh realities and crucial creative pursuits. Roc Bottom has represented Rochester in various Slam Poetry Competitions, including the Albany Wordfest Invitational, Toronto International Poetry Slam, Buffalo International Slam, the Empire State Slam. The team has also featured in various cities, including Hartford, CT, Washington, DC, Syracuse and Buffalo.

Leslie Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She’s been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo’s Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. Her short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014. In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. She is currently editing LOVE LIKE SKY, her first Middle Grade novel. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, New York, she’s fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers and a circle of supportive and family and friends.