Creative Writing

Young Writers Workshop



Summer 2023:
Tuesday, July 11 - Saturday, July 15

The Young Writers Workshop (YWW) is a four-night, three-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 camp 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.  

The workshop fee of $495 covers tuition, room and board. 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). 

2023 details coming in March!
  1. To register for YWW 2022, click here.
  2. Make payment here.
  3. Once registered and paid, please find your 2022 information packet here, including instructions and deadline for pre-workshop manuscript submission (p 3). Also see the camper code of conduct here.

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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 July 7 at the latest.


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