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This Year's TN Young Writers' Workshop

If you would like to receive a brochure by mail, contact Lacey@HumanitiesTennessee.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to attend the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop?
    Students in grades 8-12 and have a sincere interest in creative writing.

  • What is the cost?
    Workshop tuition is $650. This includes all costs for the entire week — room and board, all class materials and Workshop T-shirt, and class instruction.

  • Can I apply for scholarship assistance?
    Yes. More than half of the students who attend the TYWW do so with scholarship assistance. All scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need and writing merit and be residents of Tennessee. Interested students should send a complete application to include a 1) registration form, 2) a recent writing sample, 3) a letter from a current English teacher outlining the applicant’s qualifications, and 4) a complete copy of the family’s most recently filed 1040 statement that claims the applicant as a dependent. Scholarship applicants do not need to send a deposit. Students will be notified of their acceptance by mid-June. Scholarship assistance varies from $100 to $650.

  • How do I apply to the TYWW?
    Send in a complete application to include a completed registration form along with a recent sample of your writing and a $150 deposit. The writing sample must be recent and may be a poem, short story, play, fragment of a play, or a fiction or non-fiction piece. All fees can be paid by check (made to Humanities Tennessee), money order, MasterCard or Visa. The $150 deposit will be applied to the total fee. Students will be notified of their acceptance as soon as possible following the receipt of a complete application. Should a student not be accepted into the program, the deposit will be refunded.

  • When are the application and payment deadlines?
    May 8, 2015: postmark deadline for all scholarship applications and materials
    June 19, 2015: postmark and payment deadline for all general applications

  • I live nearby. Can I be a day student?
    Yes. Local students can attend the workshop to participate in all classes and evening activities. Day student tuition is $450 and includes all classes, Workshop T-shirt, class materials and lunch and dinner meals daily. 

  • Where do students stay during the TYWW?
    Residential life at the TYWW is in supervised residence halls with Workshop counselors. This is a good opportunity to experience what college is like before you actually go to college. Roommates are assigned based on gender and age. Roommate requests are honored when possible. Students have access to the university library and computer lab during the week. When possible, recreational facilities are available to students on campus, including a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts.

  • How many students are in each class?
    The maximum student:teacher ratio at the TYWW is 12:1 to ensure that all students receive personal attention and instruction from the Workshop’s exceptional faculty and staff. Students attend workshop classes in fiction, lyric writing, poetry, graphic novel and more each day.  

  • Who are the TYWW Faculty?
    The TYWW faculty are incredibly talented, published writers and mentors.

  • What is a typical day like at the TYWW?

    8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  

    Breakfast in the cafeteria

    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Workshop classes: Short story, Lyric writing, Poetry, or Comics

    12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Lunch in the cafeteria

    1:00-3:00 p.m

    Workshop classes: Short story, Lyric writing, Poetry, or Comics

    3:00-3:30 p.m.

    Large group meeting

    3:30-5:30 p.m.  

    Optional PostScript workshop, counselor 'office hours' to help you workshop a piece, or free time 
    (use the computer lab, relax, use recreational facilities, etc.)

    5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Dinner in the cafeteria

    7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Evening Activity - (visiting authors, singer/songwriters, poets, and more share their work)

    8:30 p.m.  

    Optional PostScript workshop (examples include comedy writing, screen writing)

    10:00 p.m.

    Room check

    10:30 p.m

    Lights out

If you have other questions about the TN Young Writers' Workshop, please e-mail Lacey@HumanitiesTennessee.org or call 615.770.0006 x19. 

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