Creative Writing

Young Writers Workshop


Note: We're sorry to announce that due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Young Writers Workshop will not be held for Summer 2020. Refunds will be issued for those who have already registered.



Summer 2020:
Tuesday, July 14 - Saturday, July 18

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) is an annual five-day camp that brings together up to 45 high school students to study the craft of writing on the UNC Wilmington campus. The workshop is organized and operated by UNCW's Department of Creative Writing, and camp participants have the opportunity to study with published, working writers-faculty members and graduate students in the department's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.

The Young Writers Workshop provides a place for aspiring writers to experiment, meet other writers, and follow their creative interests in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. YWW participants take part in daily creative writing exercises, craft lectures, writing workshops, and readings. The week offers a valuable and exciting experience for young writers interested in learning more about their craft. Although YWW students are asked to submit a work of creative writing in one genre (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction), they receive instruction in all genres. Participants spend approximately six hours every day in writing exercises, peer workshops, and craft presentations. Students also have time to explore the UNCW campus, visit the bookstore and library, and get to know other young writers.

YWW students room in UNCW's residence halls and take their meals in the campus dining facility in Wagoner Hall. Graduate student counselors stay with the YWW participants in the residence halls and serve as writing teachers, mentors, and chaperones. The counselors are available at all times for unstructured interaction, assistance with writing projects, and moral support. The workshop fee of $495 covers tuition, housing, and three meals per day. Payment is due upon registration. In the event of cancellation, a $50 fee will be withheld from the refund. Fees may be paid by check (payable to UNCW) or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).

To register for YWW 2020, click here. (—see cancellation notice at top—)

Once registered and paid, please find your 2020 information packet here, including instructions (and deadline) for pre-workshop manuscript submission (p 3).


Applications for a scholarship to attend Young Writers Workshop are currently open. To be considered, the student (or parent) must submit a brief statement of financial need, up to 150 words, in the body of an email along with pertinent contact information (name, phone number, etc.). Attachments will not be opened. Use "Scholarship Statement" as the e-mail’s subject line. The email should be sent to by March 14, 2020 at the latest.


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