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Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop

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The 6th annual AYWW is June 17-23, 2018 on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. APPLY HERE

The Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (AYWW) is a seven-day residential writing workshop for rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders, and graduating seniors. 

Students will be encouraged to consider the region and its environment, policies, literature, culture, music, and more. Whether creative writing is your passion or you would like to learn more about creative writing from published authors, this workshop is for you.

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Read the 2016 AYWW Student Anthology here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to attend the Appalachian Young Writers’ Workshop?
    Students in 9-12th grades who have a sincere interest in creative writing and the Appalachian region.

  • When is it?
    The AYWW is June 17-23, 2018.

  • Where is it?
    Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN, near the Tennessee/Virginia/Kentucky border. All classes will take place on the university campus and students will stay in dorms on campus. 

  • What is the cost?
    Workshop tuition is $450. 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! All scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need and writing merit. Interested students should send a complete application to include a 1) registration form, 2) a recent writing sample, and 3) a complete copy of the family’s most recently filed 1040 statement that claims the applicant as a dependent. If no 1040 is required by the IRS, then the statement which shows the family's financial standing may be sent in. Scholarship applicants do not need to send a deposit. Students will be notified of their acceptance by early-June. Scholarship assistance varies from $100 to $450.

  • How do I apply to the AYWW?
    APPLY HERE! A complete application consists of a registration form along with a recent sample of your writing and a $100 deposit. The $100 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. Scholarship applicants do not need to send in a deposit.

  • When are the application and payment deadlines?
    May 13, 2018: postmark deadline for all scholarship applications and materials
    May 30, 2018: postmark and payment deadline for all general applications

  • Where do students stay during the AYWW?
    Residential life at the AYWW is in supervised residence halls with Workshop counselors on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. 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.

  • How many students are in each class?
    The maximum student:teacher ratio at the AYWW 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, and more each day.  

  • What is a typical day like at the AYWW?
    A typical day at the AYWW begins with breakfast in the cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. Morning classes are from 9:00-11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:00 noon. Afternoon classes are from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Afternoon meeting followed by faculty office hours are from 3:00-4:00 p.m. We will have dinner together and then be treated to special evening programs and activities. Dorm check is at 10:00 and lights out is at 10:30 p.m.

  • Who are the AYWW faculty? The 2018 faculty are:

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If you would like more information or have questions about the AYWW, please e-mail

They AYWW is a collaboration between 

with the support of


 and the ETSU Department of
 Literature & Language