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Join Youth Communication's Summer Writing Workshop!
Be a voice for teens. Tell your stories. Get published!
Represent staff

“Writing for Youth Communication, I grew as a young man. I no longer hold back what I feel. Now I put my true thoughts in ink.”
-Melvin, 19

Be part of Youth Communication's 36th annual intensive summer writing workshop. You will get one-on-one mentoring from a professional editor, write and revise personal stories about your life, go on field trips, and make friends with other writers. You will also participate in group activities and write about what it means to be a modern young man or young woman, as well as other topics. No prior experience is required, but you must be able to attend every day. Thousands of people will read your stories in our magazines and on our websites. Workshop alumni have gone on to attend colleges from Hunter to Harvard.

This is a competitive program—there will be a maximum of 15 students—so start working on your application essays now! Applications must be received by May 22, 2015. Top candidates will be contacted by June 5 for interviews.

Dates and Times: The workshop runs Monday through Thursday from July 6 to August 13. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must be able to attend every day.

Cost: The workshop is free because our funders cover the $3,000 cost for each participant.

Stipend: We provide MetroCards and for lunch each day. Youth in foster care will also receive a $600 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop.

Facilities: The workshop will be taught at the Youth Communication office in Manhattan at 224 W. 29th St., 2nd fl. The office is easily accessible by subway.

Staff: Writers will be taught by Youth Communication editors who have substantial experience working in journalism and youth development.

Eligibility: Anyone ages 15 to 20 who lives within commuting distance is eligible to apply. We're interested in your writing skills, but when we judge your essays we will also look for your ideas and willingness to write deeply personal stories. Youth Communication’s most essential job is to convey important information to teens in an interesting way.

Apply online or print out the application.

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