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This Year's TN Young Writers' Workshop

The 20th annual Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop is July 15-21, 2018 and will be held on the campus of Cumberland University in Lebanon. APPLY HERE

Read the 2016 TYWW Student Anthology here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to attend the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop?
    Students in grades 8-12 who 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?
    APPLY HERE 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. The $150 deposit will be applied to the total fee. Scholarship applicants need not pay the deposit. 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 13, 2018: postmark deadline for all scholarship applications and materials
    June 16, 2018: 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. - 11:30 a.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 class

    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"or call 615.770.0006 x8019.