Young Writers' Workshops

About the Young Writers' Workshops

Humanities Tennessee offers two writers' workshop opportunities for young people: 

Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop is open to high school students and will be June 17-23, 2018 at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate.

Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop is open to rising 8th-12th graders and will be July 15-21, 2018 at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

Both workshops provide students an excellent opportunity to explore their interest in creative writing and to devote time to the development of their writing skills with accomplished authors in a supportive environment. Both workshops are 7-day residential programs and take place on a college campus in the summer.

Students who attend the workshops do not have to be experienced writers; they must only have an interest in writing and a desire to develop that interest. The development of writing skills has a positive impact on all aspects of a student's academic and personal growth, from writing papers, learning to critique, public speaking to preparing college essays and finding one's voice. The opportunity to work in small groups and in one-on-one sessions with faculty and counselors that are gifted writers themselves is tremendously beneficial to aspiring writers.

Both workshops will introduce you to a new group of creative friends over the course of the week, but the impact of the Workshop experience may last a lifetime. Many students stay in touch with one another and with faculty after the Workshop, sharing their work and suggesting writing prompts. 


The faculty at the young writers' workshops are talented, motivated, and supportive writers teaching a variety of genres from lyric writing, graphic novels, poetry, short story, and more.

2016 AYWW Faculty
2016 TYWW Faculty


The Young Writers' Workshop Anthologies consist of work created by young writers during the week of the workshops.

Combined Young Writers' Anthology
2016 anthology

Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop
2015 anthology
2014 anthology
2013 anthology

TN Young Writers' Workshop
2015 anthology
2014 anthology
2013 anthology
2012 anthology


Applications & Scholarships

To apply for a workshop, just download the application and send in your materials! Applications for both workshops will be posted in early 2018. Check back!

Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (9th-12th graders)

  • Scholarship application postmark deadline: May 5, 2018
  • General application postmark deadline: May 30, 2018

Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop (8th-12th graders)

  • Scholarship application postmark deadline: May 5, 2018
  • General application postmark deadline: June 16, 2018

Scholarships are available on a needs basis and assistance ranges from $100 to full tuition. Check out the FAQs for AYWW & TYWW.

Support the Workshops

The workshops are made possible each year by the support of generous individuals and partners. More than half of the students who attend the workshops receive some form of financial assistance, without which they would not be able to participate. This community support is crucial to the sustainability of the programs and helps young creative writers get much closer to realizing their potential as a writer. 




The Inez Parrish Osborn Scholarship

In 2006, to show support of the TN Young Writers' Workshop, Humanities Tennessee board members Susie and Michael Osborn (Memphis) established the Inez Parrish Osborn Scholarship Endowment to enable at least one aspiring young writer in need to attend the TYWW. Each year a student is selected from among the scholarship applicants to receive the honor of being the Osborn Scholar for that year. The Osborns established the fund to honor his late mother. He believes she would have benefited from a program like the TYWW, had it been an option for her as a young person. He learned late in her life that she enjoyed writing, kept numerous journals and aspired to be a writer at one time.This student must show promise and potential as a writer and demonstrate an appropriate amount of financial need.

Inez Parrish Osborn Scholars

  • 2017 - Paige Supeck, Oliver Springs
  • 2016 - Gabby Covington, Oliver Springs
  • 2015 - Myranda Uselton, Spring Hill
  • 2014 - Kassidy Dalton, Sneedville
  • 2013 - Ariel Norwood, Camden
  • 2012 - Dylan Hadden, Morristown
  • 2011 - Sarah Key, Greeneville
  • 2010 - Megan Collins, Camden
  • 2009 - Charlie Miller, Midway
  • 2008 - LaTasha Sanders, Chattanooga
  • 2007 - Nate Cannon, Seymour
  • 2006 - Melanie Williams, Oak Ridge