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The Young Writers Program (YWP) is a free, integrative, creative writing program developed to inspire a community of young writers interested in exploring and developing their passion. Students will engage in a multi-genre (poetry, fiction, songwriting, etc.) workshop centered on the Museum’s exhibitions. Participants with also connect with local artists and community organizations.
Each session will include craft-building exercises that will further familiarize participants with Tennessee history and culture by exploring various writing genres. By the end of the program, students will have a catalog of writing to build upon, some of which will be showcased at a closing ceremony. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit their work for the Tennessee State Museum’s Young Writers Prize. Winners will be published by the Nashville Review, an online literary journal run by Vanderbilt MFA students.
Program sessions will be held weekly at the Tennessee State Museum on Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The two-month program will begin on March 7 with sessions taking place through April 30. The closing ceremony, where participants will receive a completion certificate will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
The YWP is open to High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
All applicants should submit:
• A one-page statement of interest detailing applicant’s writing interests, influences, and reasons for wanting to participate in the YWP.
• A three-to-five page writing sample in your genre of choice: poetry, fiction, or non-fiction.
Please submit application materials in .doc or pdf format to Stephanie.Davis@tn.gov by Monday, February 24.
For questions, please contact Stephanie Davis at Stephanie.Davis@tn.gov