The Teen Creative Writing Workshop

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Date and Time

Friday, May 5th, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Holiday inn

This class will be taking place in Mountain Vista A at the Holiday Inn across the bridge from the LeConte Center. Please have your child present ticket at door for entry.​

Writing workshop

$25 per student

Learn how to write great stories from award-winning novelists!

Do you have a teen who enjoys writing fiction? Or, maybe one that doesn’t like writing at all? We’re here to help them ignite their love of storytelling. In addition to receiving individualized feedback, students will emerge from the workshop with a solid novel concept that carries deeper truths they’re genuinely excited to write. The Young Writer is a Christian organization that equips young writers in their teens and twenties to change the world with their words. Over the past six years, we’ve taught thousands of writers to write more, improve their craft, and glorify God with their writing.

Learn From These Award-Winning Novelists and Writing Teachers!

Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson is the Christy-award winning author of Dust, Shadow, and The Girl Who Could See. She is a faculty member of the Young Writer’s Workshop as well as the co-founder of the Author Conservatory. She loves helping young writers unlock their potential and realize how rich their stories can be.

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is the USA Today bestselling author of 80+ books. She’s won two Carol awards, and was also a ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee. A homeschooling mom of ten, she loves working with young writers and helping them imitate the authors they aspire to be like.

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Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf taught high school English for several years before becoming the program director of the Young Writer’s Workshop. He loves helping young writers discover how to impact readers and make a difference with their words.

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This workshop is designed for high school students.

Previous experience writing fiction is a plus, but not required for this program. We love working with beginner writers along with intermediate writers.

Students should bring a laptop or notebook & pencil for this workshop.

This class is 2 hours long and only offered once during the convention.

Students will gain a deeper knowledge of what makes a story stand out to readers. They’ll also have the opportunity to put this in practice and polish a new story concept with feedback from their instructors.  As a result, we expect students to emerge with renewed motivation for their writing, along with the tools they need to craft stronger stories.