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WriCampia 2019

Join Writopia Lab for twelve days at our creative, fun, and productive sleepaway camp in the Poconos in August!

At WriCampia, writers will spend their mornings in intimate writing workshops led by published authors and produced playwrights, their afternoons participating in their choice of over 20 artistic and active electives, and their evenings at campfires, scavenger hunts, and readings. Photos from WriCampia can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Registration is not yet open for WriCampia 2019.

See a Typical Camp Day Schedule.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Location

We will be returning to IHC in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Girls on Fence at camp

Dates

August TBD, 2019 to August TBD, 2019

Ages

We welcome rising 3rd graders through rising 12th graders. Bunks and workshops will be organized by grade.

  • rising 3rd and 4th Graders: WriCampia Jr, from August TBD through August TBD
  • rising 5th through 11th Graders: WriCampia, from August TBD through August TBD
  • rising 12th graders: WriCampia, from August TBD through August TBD, as CITs (Counselors-In-Training). CITs receive additional leadership opportunities that prepare them for professional experiences in the future.

Transportation

We will provide buses to and from WriCampia for all campers. Buses will be leaving from and returning to Manhattan, Washington, DC, and Westchester County, NY.

Cost

Coming soon!. Limited financial aid will be available.

A Typical Camp Day

  • 7:15 AM Wake Up Call
  • 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Writing Workshop (led by published author or produced playwright)
  • 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM Lunch
  • 12:45 PM to 1:25 PM Free time (at bunk & main line)
  • 1:25 PM to 2:50 PM Electives period 1
  • 2:50 PM to 4:15 PM Electives period 2
  • 4:15 to 4:25 PM Group gathering & snack
  • 4:25 PM to 5:40 PM Electives period 3
  • 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Shower hour and free time
  • 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Evening activity
  • 9:00 PM Lower Camp curfew (lights out 9:30 PM)
  • 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM Middle Camp Evening Electives
  • 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM Upper Camp Evening Electives
  • 10:00 PM Middle Camp curfew (lights out 10:30 PM)
  • 10:30 PM Upper Camp curfew (lights out 11:00 PM)

Electives include: Filmmaking, zine making, spoken word, poetry hikes, illustration, roleplaying games, graphic novels, playwriting, ceramics, woodworking, musical theater, jewelry making, tie-dye, waterslide, songwriting, dungeons & dragons, literary sports, gymnastics, spin, step, dance, memoir, novel writing, swimming, boating, ropes course, zip-lining, photography, and more.

Evening Activities include: Scavenger Hunts, Escape the Room, Improv, Campfires, Spoken Word, Dance Party, and more!


WriCampia 2019 FAQs

What are the dates?
  • August TBD through August TBD
  • How do I apply?
    We use CampDoc, a purpose-built camp registration system. Registration is now open!
    I’m having trouble with the application process. Can you help me?
    If you are having any technical trouble with the website, you can use any of these options:
  • click on the life preserver in the upper right area of the browser window,
  • email support@campdoc.com, or
  • call 734-636-1000.
  • They have trained staff on hand who will be able to help you get past that page!
    When is payment due?
    A non-refundable deposit of TBD is due upon registration (unless you are applying for financial aid). Payment is due in full by 3/31.
    What is your refund policy?
    If you withdraw from WriCampia before May 1st, and if we can fill the spot with another camper the same age as your camper, then we can refund the fee minus the deposit. There are no refunds after May 1st.
    Is financial aid available?
    Yes, we have limited financial aid available.
    How do I apply for financial aid?
    This all happens on CampDoc. To apply, fill out your WriCampia application, indicate that you are applying for financial aid, and submit your complete financials via CampDoc. If you are applying for financial aid, you will not be required to pay a deposit, however we will only be able to hold your spot for two weeks if you have not submitted your financials. Please do not email financial data to sleepaway@writopialab.org.
    Will Writopia provide transportation?
    Yes. All campers will travel to and from WriCampia on buses that will leave from Washington, DC, Manhattan, and Westchester County, NY.
    When does enrollment close?
    When camp fills up—which will be soon! We will accept registrations onto a waiting list, but we cannot make any guarantee about a spot opening up.
    How many writers are attending?
    We will host 180 writers.
    How can I see what my child is working on?
    We will be sending home a video featuring each camper.
    Where will camp be held?
    IHC, about ten miles north of Honesdale, PA. Their website has tons of great information.
    Where are most of the campers from?
    The majority of our campers come from New York City and its NY, CT, and NJ suburbs and from the greater Washington, DC area. Other campers come from all over the east coast, and from as far away as Texas and California.
    What is the camper to adult ratio?
    Three to one. Plus kitchen, grounds, and support staff!
    How many campers will be sleeping in each bunk?
    There will be 8 to 14 campers and two counselors in each bunk.
    Can I send my camper a package?

    No. WriCampia is a no-package camp. Letters and cards will be delivered to campers. Other items will be held at the camp office.

    If your camper forgot something he or she needs, please reach out to the camp directors and we will make arrangements to help you get things to your camper.

    Can my child bring his or her own food?
    The kitchen staff on campus is very accommodating, always providing vegetarian and gluten free options. If your child needs (because of allergies or dietary restrictions) to bring her or his own meals or snacks, please let us know ahead of time. All food must be stored in the kitchen. No food may be kept in the bunks.
    How are the workshops organized? What is the atmosphere of the workshops?
    Morning workshops will have a ratio of eight writers to one instructor. All workshop leaders are published writers or produced playwrights who are experts in helping young writers understand and implement elements of plot and key literary tools. Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—creative pieces.
    Are the campers allowed phones or other electronics?
    Every writer will be given a Writopia laptop for workshop and writing. No personal laptops will be allowed at camp. Personal devices that can play music are allowed but not if they are capable of playing video.
    Will I be able to speak with my child during camp?
    Writers can, and are encouraged to, email home every day. Campers will be calling home on Sunday, August TBD. They will call the phone numbers you supply when you register for camp.
    Will there be swimming?
    There is optional swimming every day except the first and last day of camp. In addition to a brand new swimming pool, IHC also offers boating activities on the lake and a waterslide. Pool and lake activities are only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.
    Does my child have to bring his or her own bedding?
    Yes. Campers must bring their own sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and towels.
    Is there air conditioning?
    The bunks have fans but not air conditioners. Most workshop spaces have air conditioning.

    I want to express my appreciation for all the work, love, learning and fun that you poured into the hearts and minds of your campers during this wonderful summer camp. My daughter had a wonderful experience. She will cherish the memories of this camp for many years to come!!!

    Nadine, WriCampia parent

    Thank you WriCampia. I want to let you know that my camper returned back home happier and more confident. His self-esteem has improved as well. It is unbelievable how two weeks has changed his personality

    Parent of first-time WriCampian

    I can not express my gratitude. I haven't seen this boy look so filled with joy, love and security. WriCampia allowed my son to find his voice, face his demons and commune with some of the kindest, open-hearted and talented people he may ever meet. He finally felt a part of something wonderful.

    Parent of a three-year WriCampia veteran

    Writopia sleepaway camp was the best experience of my daughter's life. It changed her. She had never done sleepaway camp before, so we didn't know if she would like being away from home for a week. She said had never been with a group of kids where she felt like she could be completely herself.

    S.E., WriCampia Parent

    I would like to thank you for what was probably the best week of my summer. I had such an amazing time working and creating with my fellow writers, young and old, male and female... I loved the amount of professionalism among the staff, but also the positive and loving attitudes of all the counselors. Thank you, especially my workshop leader, for helping me so much with writing a story with an extremely mature topic that I was hesitant to explore. You exude a vibe that lets all campers know how okay it is to write from the heart, and to not hold back. So, once again, thanks to everyone for an awesome experience.

    Ben R., age 16, Camper

    This week has been one of the best weeks of my life. Wricampia is amazing not just because of all the writing and the awesome location, the churros and the cool electives mostly because of my fellow campers and counselors. My fellow campmates are some of the coolest, smartest, nicest people I have ever met in my life. It's a well-known fact that writers, nerds and geeks are fabulous people to be around, but upon coming to this camp, I was astounded at how friendly and accepting everyone was and still is .... I've made more friends than I have in well, ever. Not just my new sisters in Cabin 27 other campers: young or old, boy or girl very the counselors too. Everyone here is unfailingly sweet and caring. They are all so friendly to me and I couldn't be happier that I signed up for this camp one lazy June morning.

    Caroline V., Five-Year Camper

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    Past Winners

    This year we received more than twice as many submissions as last year and a team of theatre, TV, and film professionals read your plays! Final-round judges this year include the writers of Late Show With David Letterman, Dutch filmmaker Finbarr Wilbrink, and Karl Gajdusek, who wrote the screenplay of Hollywood blockbuster Oblivion.

    The 2014 Winners

    Elementary School

    FIRST PLACE

    Funniest Play: The Chocolate Thief by Alejandro Salas
    Best Dramatic Play: tie between P.O.V. by Arjun Mazumdar and The Drill by Sierra Blanco

    SECOND PLACE

    Time Travel Twist by Vivienne Soares and Melanie Santana

    THIRD PLACE

    The Homework from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks by Ella Mare
    The Upstander by Bella Rosenblatt
    Chloe by Zoe Wohlman

    Middle School

    FIRST PLACE

    Funniest Play: Zombie Grandma by Everett Moore
    Best Dramatic Play: KABOOM by Abigail Sylvor-Greenberg

    SECOND PLACE

    Bird Girl by Kate Pamplin
    Bad Dreams by Henry Green

    THIRD PLACE

    Before Barnaby by Leo Lion

    High School

    FIRST PLACE

    Funniest Play: Set Back by Peter Chipman and Victoria Stiely
    Best Dramatic Play: A Social Experiment by Kai Williams

    SECOND PLACE

    Three Cats in a Box by Will Hegecock
    Thoughts by Kristjan Tomasson

    THIRD PLACE

    For the Sake of the Lizard by Emma Paquette
    Nathan and Amelia by Sarah Fisher
    Ticking by Luis Bermudez

    Scholarship Opportunities

    The winning playwrights will be awarded scholarships: $1,000 for the high school winners, $500 for middle school winners, and $250 for the elementary school winners. These plays will be produced as part of our Worldwide Plays Festival, funded by David Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, will run May 17th through May 22nd at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City.

    Second- and third-place winners will receive a free video chat session with a Writopia Lab Instructor!

    The winner of the middle school drama award will be the recipient of the $500 Playscripts Scholarship, sponsored by Playscripts, Inc, an independent publisher of new plays and musicals. Playscripts, Inc. will also offer a 25% discount on all book orders to members of the Writopia community! Enter the promocode WRITE234 at checkout to use the discount.

    About the Festival

    Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival is an annual off-broadway festival of plays written by playwrights ages 6 to 18 and produced, designed, directed, and acted by New York theater professionals.

    Thanks to the support of David Letterman's production house, Worldwide Pants and the Mellam Family Foundation, Writopia Lab's Worldside Plays Festival is now in its fifth year, and is open to more writers than ever before.

    The festival includes plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world! You’ll see comedies, musicals, monologues, historical dramas, tear jerkers, thought pieces — all written by playwrights not yet old enough to vote.

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    Submit Your Play!

    Please make sure your play meets the following guidelines:

    1. Plays should be no longer than 10 pages.
    2. Plays should be written in standard play formatting.
    3. There should be no more than two collaborators per play. Each collaborator should fill out the submission form.
    4. Your name and contact information CANNOT be on the play that you upload below. Please make sure that there is no cover page or contact info anywhere.

    If you have any questions regarding your submission, please email submissions@writopialab.org.

    Worldwide Plays Festival 2018

    Immersive Theater
    Immersive Theater

    Following the great success of the immersive production of WPF’s 2018 Home plays, where every play took place in a different room in a home, this year, playwrights must set their plays at a school, where there is so much more to learn than what’s on the board.

    School is where people come to learn and come to teach, but it’s also where people fall in love, come out, protest, and pray. It’s where friendships are formed, where trust is broken, where people make the team and get cut from the play, where teachers are fired and heroes are made.

    Plays can be any genre—comedy, drama, horror, polemic, tragedy, historical, docu-drama, solo-play, interactive, sci-fi, or any other you dream up.

    One challenge is that all plays must take place in ONE of the following places in a school:

    • School Classroom (can be any type of classroom--science lab, English classroom, kindergarten class, etc.)
    • School Office (can be any type of school office--teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, guidance counselor’s office, etc.)
    • School Auditorium, Gym, or Sports Field

    What’s the deadline?

    The deadline for the competition is February 1st, 2018.

    Who can submit?

    The competition is open to playwrights in 1st through 12th grade around the world. There are two different categories of competition: internal and external.

    Entering the Competition

    Current Writopia Workshoppers

    If you are currently enrolled in a Writopia workshop, please do not submit your play to the competition. Your workshop instructor will help you submit your play.

    All Other Playwrights

    You can submit your play by filling out the online form and sending a PDF of your play to submissions@writopialab.org. Judging is completely blind, so please make sure that your name and contact information do NOT appear in your submission document.

    What are the prizes?

    Off-Broadway Production

    The competition is divided into the Elementary School division, the Middle School division, and the High School division. In all divisions, Off-Broadway productions will be awarded in the following categories:

    • Best Play/Musical Set in a Classroom
    • Best Play/Musical Set in a School Office
    • Best Play/Musical Set in a School Auditorium/Gym/Sports Field

    Scholarships

    The top play in each division will be awarded the following scholarships:

    • High School: $1,000
    • Middle School: $500
    • Elementary School: $250

    What are the Guidelines?

    • Plays must be no more than eight minutes long (this is roughly eight pages, but all plays must be eight minutes or shorter, no matter the page count).
    • The play must contain no more than three characters.
    • While there is no standard playwriting format, we encourage you to use Writopia Lab’s Playwriting Format, which you can find online here.
    • The action of your play must take place entirely inside ONE space in a school. The space can be ONE of the following:
      • School Classroom
        • can be any type of classroom (science lab, English classroom, kindergarten class, etc.)
      • School Office
        • can be any type of school office (teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, guidance counselor’s office, etc.)
      • School Auditorium, Gym, or Sports Field
    • There can be NO set changes. The entirety of the play must take place in ONE of the rooms listed above.
    • There can be NO narrator in the play who is not emotionally invested in the story (i.e. Ramona can tell her story to the audience, but an unnamed narrator cannot tell the audience the story of Ramona)

    Writers may submit more than one piece.

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Hudson-to-Housatonic Region

    The 2018 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Awards have been announced, and the results are in!

    The 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards accepted submissions from September 15, through December 15, 2017. Guidelines, deadlines, and coverage area for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Region are available now. Submissions to the 2019 Awards will be accepted beginning in September, 2018.

    The 2018 Hudson-to-Housatonic Region Scholastic Awards

    • 2,009 writing works submitted
    • 420 Honorable Mentions awarded to promising works
    • 272 Silver Keys awarded to distinguished works
    • 168 Gold Keys awarded to the most accomplished works
    • 5 American Voice Nominees selected as the strongest regional works

    Gold Keys are automatically forwarded for consideration at the national level of the Scholastic Writing Awards.

    View Results from Previous Years

    Regional Ceremony

    Sunday, March 4th, 2018
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY

    To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the 2018 Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! This year's keynote speaker will be author Sarah Darer Littman.

    RSVP now for seating and further details!

    Contact Info

    Email: rob@writopialab.org
    Phone: (914) 401-4159

    Program Partners

    Since 2013, The Crosswicks Foundation has generously provided the annual Madeleine L'Engle Scholarship for $1000, presented each year to the H2H Region's top Senior Portfolio. Mrs. L'Engle's literary legacy of more than 60 published works included the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time.

    For 2018, The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY once again presents six prizes for middle school writers! These $100 prizes aim to empower and embolden 7th and 8th grade writers who demonstrate exemplary skill and promise in their writing abilities, and to encourage their interest in and love for the craft.

    Through its MFA in Creative Writing program, Manhattanville College partners with Writopia Lab to help adjudicate the H2H Regional Awards and to help host the annual Awards Ceremony at Manhattanville's O'Byrne Chapel.

    The Writing Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College partners with Writopia Lab to help adjudicate the H2H Regional Awards.

    Support the Hudson-to-Housatonic Region

    Please support our work in getting the word out, organizing the submissions, coordinating the judging, and running the ceremony.

  • $1000 — Truman Capote Sponsor
  • $500 — Sylvia Plath Sponsor
  • $250 — Joyce Carol Oates Sponsor
  • $100 — Friend of The Awards
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    Five-Day Half-Day Workshop

    These workshops meet five days in a row, generally Monday through Friday (some holiday weeks may vary).

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    Private Sessions

    These one-hour sessions are usually requested by a) high school seniors developing their college essays; b) writers who wish to work on fiction, memoirs, or scripts individually before joining a workshop; c) writers who enjoy one-on-one editing and development; d) students struggling with expository writing (school essays).

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    Cancellation Policy

    If a child withdraws two weeks (or more) prior to the workshop start date, payment can be credited toward a future workshop at no cost, or refunded with a $50 cancellation fee. If withdrawal is requested within two weeks of the workshop start date, the same policy applies, as long as we are able to fill the spot. However, if we are unable to fill the spot, we cannot refund or credit the workshop. Missed days can be made up during another week in the summer, provided that there is space available.

    Thursday, November 6th, 2009, 2:30 PM

    Executive Director Rebecca Wallace-Segall spoke to the English faculty about The Ins and the Outs of the Scholastic Awards' Submissions Process.

    Writopia Birthday Party!

    Celebrate your special day with Writopia Lab! Enjoy hilarious character games, group stories, and a wonderful experience with your friends. Each birthday party is tailored to the vision of the Birthday Writer; writers decide the theme, decorations, and activities for the event. Parties are led by a Writopia author or playwright, and Writopia staff, and are infused with warmth, fun, silliness, surprises, and wonderful new writing.

    Party includes

    • 6 to 12 participants not including the Birthday Writer
    • Decorations
    • Balloons
    • Snacks
    • Paper Goods

    The fee for Writopia parties start at $650 and varies depending on number of participants, rooms used, and Writopia instructors. Please contact Danielle@writopialab.org to discuss your Writopia birthday party.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    Writopia Lab founder and executive director, Rebecca Wallace-Segall, was honored to be invited to speak at Hunter College High School's PTA meeting last month. Hunter Hilites recapped her lecture on page 9 of its latest issue:

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    Instructor
    Korama_headshotKorama is so psyched to be a member of the Writopia team! She is a writer (plays, short stories, and poetry) and actor originally from Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Brown University. Korama splits her time between acting, working on the West Coast Premier of her solo show Mixtape for New Year's Eve, blogging for various feminist and woman-centric publications (LA FPI, Geek Girl Authority), penning her first young adult novel, writing collaborative theatre pieces with Fell Swoop Playwrights, and co-founding a writers' colony for young women called The Grange.

    Teen Writing Seminar

    Application Only

    seriousteensWritopia’s Teen Writing Seminar is open to rising juniors and seniors. Over the course of two weeks, participants will delve into their craft with published authors, and will meet and share their work with literary agents and editors. Each day will begin with a small fiction workshop (8 - 10 participants) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During this time, writers will write on our laptops and receive feedback from the author/instructor, as well as from their peers. Workshop time will also allow for writing and editing. Between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry or memoir, led by published poets and personal essayists. The Writopia Teen Seminar is unique in that participants will have the opportunity to work closely with published authors, agents, and publishing editors. Writers will also take part in evening readings and literary events, and will have the opportunity to explore the literary scene.

    During this program I not only discovered my love for the memoir genre (previously, I didn't think my life was worthy of discussion, let alone glorification via the written word), but was comforted by the presence of like-minded people my age who are deeply passionate about creative writing. It can't go without mentioning that everybody was supremely well-read and talented- it felt right to be surrounded by people who were on my level. Moreover, what I had thought was an incurable bout of writer's block was completely eliminated by the fun, diverse writing activities/prompts/games offered and initiated by my instructors. Because of those, I now have three works-in-progress that I'm particularly proud of and excited to continue writing for the rest of the summer. Kimberly

    Apply Now

    NYC Region
    Deadline: April 7th

    DC Region
    Deadline: April 15th

    LA Region
    Deadline: April 15th


    Schedule

    New York City

    Location: Upper West Side Lab
    July 16th-27th (not including weekends)
    Tuition: $1,850

    Washington DC Metropolitan Area

    Location: Tenleytown Lab
    July 23rd-August 3rd (not including weekends)
    Tuition: $1,850

    Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

    Location: Westside Lab
    Dates TBA
    Tuition: $1,850

    Fiction & Fun

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    In the morning workshop, writers ages 9 to 16 work in age-based groups with a published author or produced playwright on developing and completing a short story, poetry collection, or a one-act play. In the afternoon, writers may choose from various electives, including graphic noveling, filmmaking, spoken word poetry, songwriting, literary sports, worldbuilding, improv, and playwriting & performance. The week culminates in a final showcase on Friday afternoon.

    All writers who complete original creative work will be invited to publish their pieces on our online magazines, The Parenthetical and The Ellipsis, and to participate in a public reading at the end of the summer.

    New York City

    Upper West Side Lab: June 13th through August 12th
    Tuition: $880 per week

    Washington DC Metropolitan Area

    Tenleytown Lab: June 5th through August 5th, Monday through Friday,
    There is no workshop on Monday, July 4

    Tuition:
    One week: $800
    Two weeks: $1,575
    Three weeks: $2,350
    Four weeks: $3,125
    Five weeks: $3,900

     

    Teen Writing Seminar

    Application Only

    seriousteensWritopia’s Teen Writing Seminar is open to rising Juniors and Seniors. Over the course of two weeks, participants will delve into their craft with published authors, and will meet and share their work with NYC literary agents and editors. Each day will begin with a small fiction workshop (8 - 10 participants) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During this time, writers will write on our laptops and receive feedback from the author/instructor, as well as from their peers. Workshop time will also allow for writing and editing. Between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry or memoir, led by published poets and personal essayists. The Writopia Teen Seminar is unique in that participants will have the opportunity to work closely with published authors, agents, and publishing editors. Writers will also take part in evening readings and literary events, and will have the opportunity to explore the New York literary scene.

    New York City

    Upper West Side Lab: July 18th-22nd & July 25th-29th (Tuition: $1,850)

    Harstdale, NY

    Hartsdale Lab: August 1st-5th & August 8th-12th (Tuition: $1,850)

    Washington DC Metropolitan Area

    Tenleytown Lab: August 1st-5th & August 8th-12th

    Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

    Westside Lab: July 25th-29th & August 1st-5th (Tuition: $1,850)

     

    Filmmaking Camp

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    We offer two two-week filmmaking seminars in the summer that give participants the opportunity to take part in a film-school style workshop. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the two-week structure for each seminar allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform. Participants will gain better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, and editing software under the guidance of professional filmmakers. The students choose which script(s) of the six to produce the second week, and will take turns in each production role in the process including director, sound design, lighting design, and editor.

    New York City

    Seminar One
    Upper West Side Lab; June 13th - June 24th (excluding weekends)
    Tuition: $2200

    Seminar Two
    Week one @ Tribeca Lab; July 11th-15th
    Week two @ Upper West Side Lab; July 18th-22nd.
    Tuition: $2200

     

    Full-Day Screenwriting

    In age-based groups, young screenwriters spend the morning developing scripts under the guidance of a professional screenwriter. In the afternoon, writers delve into film and TV show analysis with screenplay experts, and explore the ways in which acting, production, and directing all influence the choices one makes when crafting a script. The week culminates in a table read of each writer’s screenplay.

    Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
    Location: Westside Lab July 11th - 15th and July 18th - 22nd
    • 9:30AM to 4:30PM Ages: 9-11
    • 9:30AM to 4:30PM Ages: 12-14
    • 9:30AM to 4:30PM Ages: Teens

    Tuition: One week fee: $880


    Register For Full-Day Summer Workshops Now!

    Financial aid may be available. For additional financial-aid information, email:
    New York: financialaid@writopialab.org.
    Los Angeles: Jan@WritopiaLab.org.
    Washington D.C.: Jocquelyn@WritopiaLab.org.


    All full-day campers must bring their own lunch.

    8:30 am Early drop off: $10 per day (Tenleytown only)
    5:30 pm Late pick-up: $10 per day (Tenleytown only)

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    Memberships

    Summer Membership

    Summer Membership includes: Six 5-Day Half-Day Workshops throughout the summer.

    $2,800

    School-Year Membership

    School-Year Membership includes: Three 10-week workshops throughout the year and two five-day intensives over winter and spring breaks.

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    All-Year Unlimited Membership includes: Six 5-Day Half-Day Workshops throughout the summer. Three 10-week workshops throughout the year and two five-day intensives over winter and spring breaks.

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    These workshops meet one day a week during fall, winter, and spring trimester. Workshops meet for ten 90-minute sessions.

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    Scholastic Writing Awards

    Every day at Writopia Lab, we witness the transformative power of being heard. Because of this experience, we are dedicated to giving teen writers the opportunity to be read — and celebrated — as part of the broader literary community. To help make this possible, we run two regional affiliates of the Scholastic Writing Awards.

    About the Awards

    Since 1923, the Scholastic Writing Awards have recognized and celebrated teens for their creative accomplishments. Open to all students in grades 7-12, participation in the Awards can make a tremendous impact in a young person's life. Noteworthy past recipients includes Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, John Updike, Lena Dunham, and many more.

    The Scholastic Awards is blindly adjudicated and there is no restriction on topic or content. Students can submit work to the Scholastic Writing Awards in the following categories.

    • Critical Essay
    • Dramatic Script
    • Flash Fiction
    • Humor
    • Journalism
    • Novel Writing
    • Personal Essay & Memoir
    • Poetry
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
    • Senior Writing Portfolio
    • Short Story

    Writopia and the Scholastic Awards

    Writopia Lab is the official local partner of the Scholastic Writing Awards for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Region and the DC Metro Region.

    If you're not in one of the locations above, you can find the local Scholastic Writing Awards program in your area.

    Be a Juror

    Are you a writer, educator, or literary professional? sign up to receive information about judging opportunities in the DC Metro and Hudson-to-Housatonic Regions.

    School Visits

    Educators and school administrators interested in learning about the Awards are encouraged to reach out to the Writopia Lab representative listed below. We are happy to provide additional materials, or schedule an in-class visit to speak with young writers about opportunities provided by Writopia Lab and the Scholastic Writing Awards.

    Submission Support for Students

    Writopia Lab has been helping students compose and prepare work for the Scholastic Writing Awards since 2007. In that time, Writopia students have finished and submitted more than 4,000 works of writing to the Awards!

    Writopia students have enjoyed unprecedented regional and national success in the Scholastic Awards. In workshops, however, our instructors place a premium on completing and polishing a work that the student is proud to submit.

    The Scholastic Writing Awards is just one of many recognition and publications opportunities that Writopia Lab encourages students to pursue. Workshop students receive a monthly newsletter with a list of publication and recognition opportunities for young writers.

    Important Tips for Writopians Submitting to the Scholastic Awards

    • Students are assigned to a Scholastic Awards region based on the location of their day-school, not their home and not the location of their Writopia branch.
    • Writopia Lab Regions are listed as an "Other Educational Programs" in the Scholastic Awards system.
    • When searching the Other Education Program list for your Writopia region, type the location's zip code into the search field.
    • Students should credit all Writopia Instructors that assisted with their work when prompted during registration. If an educator is not listed, students can add them to the system. To do so, they will need the instructors email.

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    New York, NY 10013

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    Brooklyn, NY 11231

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    email: registerchicago@writopialab.org

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    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

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    We never turn away families because of their inability to pay for workshops; by sponsoring an additional student, you help us further our mission of fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

    To do this, select “Sponsorship” in the pricing dropdown above. This payment will cover your workshop fee and sponsor an additional young writer in need. Thank you!

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

    National Scholastic Medal recipients are announced

    Congratulations to the H2H Region’s 2016 national medal recipients!

    • Hannah Ahn, 8th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Lost and Found (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Grant Albright, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Purges and Prayers (Poetry)
    • Daniel Bring, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Resurrection of Sennacherib (Short Story)
    • Caroline Challe, 10th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Food for Soul (Poetry)
    • Amanda Cronin, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Finding the Current (Short Story)
    • Jo de Waal, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Oma Chronicles: Tenthousandthings, Paper Scissors, Measure of Time (Poetry)
    • Sydney DiStefano, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Part of the blueness (Poetry)
    • Katherine Du, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Mothers (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Violet Fearon, 11th grade, awarded American Voices Medal for Jesus Christ College Applicant (Humor)
    • Violet Fearon, 11th grade, awarded Gold Key | Gold Medal for Pluto (Novel Writing)
    • Blythe Filaski, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Waking Past of Elle Perduamour (Short Story)
    • Matthew Fisch, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Our Inhumane Justice System (Critical Essay)
    • Maeve Flaherty, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Mezcal (Poetry)
    • Ashley Gong, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Fifth Series of Red (Poetry)
    • Samuel Hodman, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for A Defrosting (Journalism)
    • Becky Hoving, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Conversation About Gender Neutral Bathrooms Surges Through Staples (Journalism)
    • Colette Juran, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Return to Mars (Critical Essay)
    • Maryam Kajoshi, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for unnoticed, electricity, limerence, logicalemotionalimpulsive, unreturned (Poetry)
    • Warren Kennedy-Nolle, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Tobacco Untouchables (Poetry)
    • Alexander Kosyakov, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Gone Fishing (Short Story)
    • Daniel Kuriakose, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for McDonalds: The Series” (Poetry)
    • Maya Lew, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal with Distinction for The Complete Collection of Maya Lew (Director's Cut, Box Set) (Writing Portfolio)
    • Justin Lu, 8th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Midnight Canoe Ride (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Kaley Mamo, 10th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Ponte Vecchio (Flash Fiction)
    • Megan Meyerson, 8th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The River (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
    • Sophie Nadel, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Trich (Flash Fiction)
    • Katie O'Shea, 7th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Last Soldier and Out of Reach (Poetry)
    • Evan Ortiz, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Piano Man (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Ellie Prusko, 11th grade, awarded Gold Key for Wonderfully Tragic and Terribly Great (Novel Writing)
    • Maddie Smyth, 7th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Raindrops (Poetry)
    • Gabrielle Sussman, 8th grade, awarded Gold Key for Not Gold, Just Amber (Novel Writing)
    • Athena Traver, 8th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Broken Glass (Poetry)
    • A.J. Vitiello, 10th grade, awarded Gold Key | Silver Medal for Field Mouse (Novel Writing)
    • Christina Wang, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Lifeblood (Short Story)
    • Callie Zola, 10th grade, awarded Gold Medal for A Wrinkle in Dystopia (Critical Essay)

    Congratulations 2016 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

    View the full list of works recognized in the 2016 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below!

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,880 works submitted this year.

    The Madeleine L'Engle Senior Writing Portfolio
    $1,000 Scholarship

    Ashley Gong
    Newtown High School
    Sandy Hook, CT

    Ashley's Senior Writing Portfolio was selected by jurors as the most outstanding in the region. Congratulations!

    Special Prizes...

    • Emmy Laybourne's Essay Award for $300 is awarded to Michael Waters of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford CT, for For Sale (Personal Essay / Memoir)
    • The Marnie Hillsley Poetry Award for $300 is awarded to Raymond Hagan of ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven CT, for Gentleman's Proposal; Play Date; The patients laugh. (Poetry)
    • The Rachel Vail Fiction Scholarship for $300 is awarded to Maeve Flaherty of Hopkins School in New Haven CT, for Lisa (Short Story)
    • The Cuppa Pulp Writers Space Scholarship for $200 is awarded to Kate Fishman of New Paltz Senior High School in New Paltz NY, for To Submerge (Short Story)

    2016 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Awards

    National Scholastic Medal recipients are announced!

    Congratulations to the H2H Region’s 2017 national medal recipients!

    • Tamsyn Brann, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Is All Fair In Cyber Warfare? (Journalism)
    • Joli Brown, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Clouds, Miranda Of Milan, Answers, Warning (Poetry)
    • Sophia Bruce, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for August 17: Windsor (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Louisa Carey, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Letter (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Elizabeth Cui, 11th grade, awarded American Voices Medal for Daddy, Heaven, and Dying (Short Story)
    • Kasey Dugan, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Hardwired Into My Orb (Writing Portfolio)
    • Elizabeth Dunn, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Homer, Louisiana (Poetry)
    • Violet Fearon, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Rosenbergs (Short Story)
    • Violet Fearon, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Love Story (Flash Fiction)
    • Violet Fearon, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Voices in my Head (Writing Portfolio)
    • Beatrice Forman, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Red, White, and Blue (Flash Fiction)
    • Sam Harris, 8th grade, awarded Silver Medal for The Absurd Plight of Stick-Man Steve (Flash Fiction)
    • Mariah Hesser, 10th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Anne (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Claire Julian, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for A Gentler Touch (Short Story)
    • Boaz Kaffman, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Moon is a Raisin (Short Story)
    • Hyunseo Kim, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for A Lesson Learned from Zombies (Critical Essay)
    • Franziska Lee, 9th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Untitled (The Elopement), 2016 United States (Newark, NJ), Butter (Flash Fiction)
    • Janine Liu, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Power in Silence: Gender and Sexism in Heart of Darkness (Critical Essay)
    • Jesse Ludington, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Seaside (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Kaley Mamo, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal and Best In Grade Award for No Tragedies (Flash Fiction)
    • Kaley Mamo, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Apple Martinis and Horse Shampoo (Flash Fiction)
    • Ariel Moss, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Ode to The School or Apple Cutter (Poetry)
    • Em Odesser, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for [The night after i'm using turmeric and azulen cream to flush all the bad out…] (Poetry)
    • David Oks, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for A Memo to the Next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Critical Essay)
    • Mehreen Pasha, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Adagio, Make-Believe, The Invincibility Card (Poetry)
    • Robert Patterson, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for A Diss Track to the Haters (Poetry)
    • Susannah Pittman, 10th grade, awarded Gold Medal and Best In Grade Award for Daughter calls it "Done" (Poetry)
    • Sophia Ramirez, 8th grade, awarded Gold Medal for And Then The Flood Came (Short Story)
    • Brinda Rao, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for A Day in the Life of the Fairer Sex (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Joyana Rosenthal, 11th grade, awarded Silver Medal for fifteen ways and a thousand more each day (Flash Fiction)
    • Lily Ross, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Dare King (Short Story)
    • Ellie Rostan, 8th grade, awarded Silver Medal for As I Watch And Smell (Flash Fiction)
    • Gary Sowder, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for WET (Dramatic Script)
    • Johnathan Stimpson, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for "The Beer Test": Why Al Gore Lost the 2000 Election (Critical Essay)
    • Johnathan Stimpson, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for A Collection of Current Event Satires (Humor)
    • Anna Strosser, 12th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Nose-Dives (Poetry)
    • Alexander Stroup, 10th grade, awarded Silver Medal for Three Ways to Experience Pain (Poetry)
    • Gabrielle Sussman, 9th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Stonemasons (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • A.J. Vitiello, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for The Gospel According to Steve Harvey (Flash Fiction)
    • Christina Wang, 11th grade, awarded Gold Medal for Dried Glue (Short Story)
    • Christina Weiler, 12th grade, awarded Gold Medal for under the palms of our feet (Poetry)

    Congratulations 2017 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

    View the full list of works recognized in the 2017 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below!

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,920 works submitted this year.

    To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the 2017 Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! RSVP now for seating and further details!

     

    The Madeleine L'Engle Senior Writing Portfolio $1,000 Scholarship

    Violet Fearon
    Pleasantville High School
    Pleasantville, NY

    Violet's Senior Writing Portfolio was selected by jurors as the most outstanding in the region. Congratulations!

    Since 2013, The Crosswicks Foundation has generously provided the annual Madeleine L'Engle Scholarship for $1000, presented each year to the H2H Region's top Senior Portfolio. Mrs. L'Engle's literary legacy of more than 60 published works included the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time.

     

    Special Prizes

    The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY is proud to present six prizes for middle school writers: four for Fiction and one each for Poetry and Nonfiction! These $100 prizes aim to empower and embolden 7th and 8th grade writers who demonstrate exemplary skill and promise in their writing abilities, and to encourage their interest in and love for the craft.

    • Brooke Edwards of Middlesex Middle School in Darien CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for Unfold (Short Story)
    • Sam Harris of Cloonan Middle School in Stamford CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for The Absurd Plight of Stick-Man Steve (Flash Fiction)
    • Mary O'Connor of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Nonfiction Prize for Catch and Release (Personal Essay / Memoir)
    • Bailey Ross of Somers Middle School in Somers NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for Lost and Found (Novel Writing)
    • Ellie Rostan of Nyack Middle School in Nanuet NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for As I Watch And Smell (Flash Fiction)
    • Ava Vernor of Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Poetry Prize for "Places" (Poetry)
     

    American Voices Nominees

    These Gold Key works were selected by our jurors for consideration as the H2H Writing Region's National American Voices Medal, to be announced in March.

    • Elizabeth Cui of Fox Lane High School in Bedford NY, for Daddy, Heaven, and Dying (Short Story)
    • Sneha Dey of Scarsdale Senior High School in Scarsdale NY, for "Belle Pains" (Poetry)
    • Samantha Lewis of ACES Educational Center For The Arts in New Haven CT, for Two Cool Kids (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Brinda Rao of Edgemont Jr Senior High School in Scarsdale NY, for "R.I.P All American Boy" (Poetry)
    • Anna Strosser of Danbury High School in Danbury CT, for "My Days With You & Crystal Voodoo" (Poetry)
     

    2017 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Awards

    Congratulations 2018 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards recipients!

    View the full list of works recognized in the 2018 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below!

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 2,009 works submitted this year.

    To recognize their outstanding work, this year's Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention recipients are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the 2018 Awards Ceremony for the Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! RSVP now for seating and further details!

    The Madeleine L'Engle Senior Writing Portfolio $1,000 Scholarship

    Kaley Mamo
    John Jay High School
    Cross River, NY

    Kaley’s Senior Writing Portfolio was selected by jurors as the most outstanding in the region. Congratulations!

    Since 2013, The Crosswicks Foundation has generously provided the annual Madeleine L'Engle Scholarship for $1000, presented each year to the H2H Region's top Senior Portfolio. Mrs. L'Engle's literary legacy of more than 60 published works included the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time.

    The Village Bookstore Prizes

    • Sophie Broll of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Poetry Prize for “Moving Away” (Poetry)
    • Seongha Choi of Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Nonfiction Prize for Leaves Red with Racism (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • India Harris of Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich CT, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for Talent Illuminated (Short Story)
    • Leya Ivanov of Pelham Middle School in Pelham NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Fiction Prize for Five Ways the World May End (Short Story)
    • Shinrea Su of Orville A Todd Middle School in Poughkeepsie NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Poetry Prize for “shadows” (Poetry)
    • Sydney Topiel of Robert E Bell Middle School in Chappaqua NY, receives The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY Poetry Prize for "The Mold" (Poetry)

    American Voices Nominees

    These Gold Key works were selected by our jurors for consideration as the H2H Writing Region's National American Voices Medal, to be announced in March.

    • Olivia Bishop of Eastchester High School in Eastchester NY, for Alphabet Soup (Short Story)
    • Sophia Bruce of ACES Educational Center For The Arts in New Haven CT, for Beach House (Personal Essay/Memoir)
    • Changu Chiimbwe of North Rockland High School in Thiells NY, for "American Hymns" (Poetry)
    • Sophie Collins of Weston High School in Weston CT, for Everybody Wants to Eat (Short Story)
    • Maryam Kajoshi of Tuckahoe High School in Eastchester NY, for “flirting with the cosmos; the catgut era is in the past” (Poetry)

    2018 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Awards

    Congratulations 2016 DC Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients!

    Regional Ceremony

    March 6th, 2016
    The Gala Theatre in Washington, DC

    To recognize their outstanding work, recipients of this year’s Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the DC Metro Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. This year's keynote speaker will be author (and Writopia Lab instructor!) Jessica McHugh.

    7th to 10th Grade Recognition Ceremony

    11th to 12th Grade Recognition Ceremony

    Contact Info

    Email: mason@writopialab.org
    Phone: (202) 629-9510

    View the full list of works recognized in the 2016 DC Metro Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below! Thanks to all participants for sharing their your work with us.

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,500 works submitted this year.

    The judges were challenged in selecting from a pool of more than 1,500 amazing works. As such, not every great work received a nomination. If you did not receive recognition this year, don’t be discouraged. Our judges were inspired by each and every submission and look forward to everyreading your work next year!

    Edward P. Jones Young Writer Award
    $300 Prize

    Myiah Smith
    Dark Money, Poetry

    2016 DC Metro Scholastic Awards

    Congratulations 2017 DC Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Recipients!

    2017 Awards Ceremony for the DC Metro Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    March 5th, 2017
    The Gala Theatre in Washington, DC

    To recognize their outstanding work, recipients of this year’s Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the DC Metro Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. This year's keynote speakers will be poet, literary activist, and Howard University alum E. Ethelbert Miller. and New York Times bestselling author and Harvard graduate Dolen Perkins- Valdez.

    7th to 10th Grade Recognition Ceremony

    11th to 12th Grade Recognition Ceremony

    For questions or more information, please contact Mason Henderson at mason@writopialab.org or call (202) 629-9510.

    View the full list of works recognized in the 2017 DC Metro Writing Region of the Scholastic Writing Awards below! Thanks to all participants for sharing their work with us.

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,200 works submitted this year.

    The judges were challenged in selecting from a pool of more than 1,200 amazing works. As such, not every great work received a nomination. If you did not receive recognition this year, don’t be discouraged. Our judges were inspired by each and every submission and look forward to reading your work next year!

    American Voices Nominees

    Sarah Baldino, 11th Grade
    Ammagaru, Short Story

    Omer Hatim, 12th Grade
    A Muslim in Christendom, Personal Essay/Memoir

    Alexa Perlmutter, 12th Grade
    Growing Up Good, Personal Essay/Memoir

    Emily Tian, 10th Grade
    osmosis, Poetry

    Sofia Uriagereka-Herburger, 9th Grade
    Red Line, Flash Fiction

    Edward P. Jones Young Writer Awards

    De'Nayia Bennett, 10th Grade
    My Favorite Country Aunt, Personal Essay\Memoir

    Ashlee Johnson, 11th Grade
    Adjusting America, Poetry

    Edwyn Johnson, 10th Grade
    How I Used to Grieve, Personal Essay

    Kendriss Johnson, 10th Grade
    I’ve Lost Her, Poetry

    2017 DC Metro Scholastic Awards

    Congratulations to the Writing Recipients of the 2018 DC Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

    A panel of novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other professional writers has selected these works—from nearly 1,500 submitted this year—as the most exceptional in the region. Hats off to all of you!

    5 American Voices Nominations...

    ...honor what our judges have deemed to be the strongest pieces in the region, regardless of category or age group. One of these pieces will be awarded a National American Voices Medal after it goes through national adjudication.

    108 Gold Keys...

    ...were awarded to the most accomplished works in the region. Gold Key-winning writing will be forwarded to the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and considered for national recognition.

    163 Silver Keys...

    ...were awarded to distinguished works in the region.

    239 Honorable Mentions...

    ...were awarded to promising works in the region.

    To recognize their outstanding work, recipients of this year’s Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention Awards are invited, along with their guests, teachers, and our esteemed jurors, to the DC Metro Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony which will take place on Sunday, March 4th, 2018, at the The National 4H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    7th to 12th Grade Recognition Ceremony

    • 1:30 p.m. - Doors open/check-in/find seats
    • 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. Ceremony
    • RSVP for 7th to 12th Graders!

    For questions or more information, please contact Jackie Downs at: jocquelyn@writopialab.org or call (202) 629-9510.

    A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other literary professionals selected these works from the 1,400 works submitted this year. The judges were challenged in selecting from a pool of amazing works. As such, not every great work received a nomination. If you did not receive recognition this year, don’t be discouraged. Our judges were inspired by each and every submission and look forward to reading your work next year!

    American Voices Nominees

    • Virginia Kane, 12th Grade
      Street Cred, Poetry
    • Isabelle Levine, 11th Grade
      Mosaic in Six Parts, Personal Essay/Memoir
    • Adithi Ramakrishnan, 12th Grade
      What’s in a Name, Personal Essay/Memoir
    • Claire Wilson, 8th Grade
      Just Like Buddy, Short Story
    • Hikma Redi, 10th Grade
      My Hijab, Personal Essay/Memoir

    $100 Edward P. Jones Young Writer Awards

    • Shakayla Williams, 10th Grade
      Abuse and Authority, Poetry
    • Aaliyah Valentine, 10th Grade
      An Accidental Death, Poetry
    • Mariama Dieng 10th Grade
      Ekphrasis, Poetry
    • Jasmyne Bradford, 12th Grade
      AGOOM Analytical reflection/Narrative, Critical Essay

    $100 The Writer’s Center Humor Scholarship

    • Barbara Weaver, 7th Grade
      Dear Mrs. Wellington, Humor

    2018 DC Metro Scholastic Awards

    Washington DC Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2014!

    Below is the full list of works recognized in the DC Metro Regional Scholastic Writing Awards. A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians, journalists, and other professionals has selected these works – from nearly 800 works submitted this year – as the most exceptional in the region.

    The Busboys and Poets $1,000 Scholarship Recipient...

    is Emily Birnbaum. Each year graduating seniors are invited to submit a portfolio of work and this year Emily’s work was selected as the most outstanding out of a very competitive pool of portfolios. Congrats!

    The $300 Edward P. Jones Young Writers Award...

    goes to Deshania Jones for “Running Rebel.”

    5 American Voices Nominations...

    honor what our judges have deemed to be the strongest pieces in the region, regardless of category or age group. One of these five works will be awarded a National American Voices Medal after it goes through national adjudication.

    73 Gold Keys...

    were awarded to the most accomplished works in the region. Gold Key writing will be forwarded to the national level of the Scholastic Writing Awards and considered for national recognition.

    93 Silver Keys...

    were awarded to distinguished works in the region.

    162 Honorable Mentions...

    were awarded to promising works in the region.

    All Recipients...

    Awards recipients listed alphabetically below.
    NAME Grade WorkTitle WorkCategory Awards Name FirstName LastName
    Alex Adams 12 Sour Turkey Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Maret Alex Adams
    Nimai Agarwal 9 Tall Flash Fiction Gold Key - Nimai Agarwal
    Nimai Agarwal 9 The Essence Of Beauty Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention - Nimai Agarwal
    Nimai Agarwal 9 Time Again Flash Fiction Honorable Mention - Nimai Agarwal
    Shadin Ahmed 11 "Shake, Stutter, Fall" Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Shadin Ahmed
    Yasmin Alamdeen 9 Spot Of Blue Poetry Silver Key Holton-Arms Yasmin Alamdeen
    Peter Andringa 10 The Battle Humor Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Peter Andringa
    Jei-Si Ang 12 Passing, Lonely Chimes, Highways In The Dark Poetry Gold Key West Springfield High Jei-Si Ang
    Elena Asofsky 9 Appassionato Flash Fiction Gold Key Quince Orchard High Elena Asofsky
    Ian Austin 12 L'appel Du Vide Short Story Silver Key Damascus High Ian Austin
    Ian Austin 12 To Run And Fall Short Story Honorable Mention Damascus High Ian Austin
    Mei Baek 8 A Thousand Years For The River Poetry Honorable Mention Carson Middle Mei Baek
    Mustafa Bal 11 The Bitcoin Craze Journalism Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Mustafa Bal
    Joy Barnes 12 Nubian Queen Poetry Honorable Mention Oxon Hill High Joy Barnes
    Joy Barnes 12 Hanging Tree Song Poetry Honorable Mention Oxon Hill High Joy Barnes
    Joy Barnes 12 Trayvon Martin Poetry Honorable Mention Oxon Hill High Joy Barnes
    Joy Barnes 12 Where The Wild Things Are Poetry Honorable Mention Oxon Hill High Joy Barnes
    Simran Batra 11 Reality Poetry Honorable Mention Robert E Lee High Simran Batra
    Simran Batra 11 How Positive Is A Negative: Disney Channel’s Portrayal Of Asians Persuasive Writing Gold Key Robert E Lee High Simran Batra
    Simran Batra 11 Hogar Short Story Honorable Mention Robert E Lee High Simran Batra
    Simran Batra 11 Flames Short Story Gold Key Robert E Lee High Simran Batra
    Zamzama Baz 10 Pleasures Of The Callous World Poetry Honorable Mention Hayfield Secondary Zamzama Baz
    Zamzama Baz 10 Dates Poetry Honorable Mention Hayfield Secondary Zamzama Baz
    Emily Birnbaum 12 All Of That; Noticing Poetry Honorable Mention Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Lame Philosophies Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 All Of That Poetry Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Noticing Poetry Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Michael & Andrea as Children Poetry Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Learning To Run Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Lame Philosophies Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Emily Birnbaum 12 Spilled Milk Short Story Gold Key Winston Churchill High Emily Birnbaum
    Lia Blackwell 7 Nelson Short Story Silver Key Deal Middle Lia Blackwell
    Lauren Bontempo 11 Ode To Calypso, Hope Poetry Honorable Mention Winston Churchill High Lauren Bontempo
    Elena Botts 12 I Am A Blind Man In A White Room, Habit, now, i Drink Wonder From An Empty Wineglass, dial Tone Poetry Silver Key South Lakes High Elena Botts
    Elena Botts 12 My Dreams Are Business Casual, Before Two Pennies In My Pocket, I Am In The Midst Of The Greatest Waffle House In Southern Kansas, This Is Not My Happy, No Results Found For "you" Poetry Silver Key South Lakes High Elena Botts
    Elena Botts 12 When You Were Younger, We Pulled You Out Of The Water, Windre, Digits, Somewhere In Wisconsin The Fields A Gleaming Bronze a Water Tower Stands Alone And Tall Poetry Silver Key South Lakes High Elena Botts
    Whitney Bowen 7 18,552 Hours Without Him Flash Fiction Honorable Mention The Potomac Whitney Bowen
    Nikki Brown 7 A Cat's Thoughts Short Story Honorable Mention Kenmore Middle Nikki Brown
    Emily Burke 10 Lost And Found In Beirut And Amman Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Yorktown High Emily Burke
    Jessica Burke 12 Board Magnets Poetry Silver Key Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jessica Burke
    Jessica Burke 12 Procrastinating On Sunday Poetry Silver Key Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jessica Burke
    Jessica Burke 12 Grand Corps Malade Poetry Silver Key Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jessica Burke
    Jessica Burke 12 Nameless Strangers Short Story Silver Key Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jessica Burke
    M. C. 11 My Number Is Five Poetry Gold Key - M. C.
    Samantha Cadd 11 Apocalypse Again Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Samantha Cadd
    Ayleen Cameron 7 Bird, Kyrgyz Kitchens, Whispers, The Race, Roses Poetry Honorable Mention National Cathedral Ayleen Cameron
    Annie Castillo 7 Sand Dollar Summer Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Mary Ellen Henderson Middle Annie Castillo
    Annie Castillo 7 The Jump Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Mary Ellen Henderson Middle Annie Castillo
    Annie Castillo 7 Wishing Grapes Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Mary Ellen Henderson Middle Annie Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 Anniversary Gift Short Story Honorable Mention George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 Blue Poetry Gold Key George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 A Beautiful Song Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 Alpha/omega Short Story Honorable Mention George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 Eleven Poetry Gold Key George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 A Farewell To Lucid Dreaming Poetry Gold Key George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 Keeping Quiet Flash Fiction Gold Key George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Grace Castillo 12 The World Fair Short Story Gold Key George Mason High Grace Castillo
    Patrick Cha 11 Building Diplomacy Through Sport Journalism Gold Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Patrick Cha
    Patrick Cha 11 The Long Journey Home Journalism Silver Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Patrick Cha
    Patrick Cha 11 Not Yet In Full Bloom: Burma's Democratic Flowering Persuasive Writing Gold Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Patrick Cha
    Pooja Chandrashekar 11 A Thousand Dresses Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pooja Chandrashekar
    Pooja Chandrashekar 11 Numbered Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pooja Chandrashekar
    Pooja Chandrashekar 11 Accented Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pooja Chandrashekar
    Dillan Chang 12 The Cicada Effect Humor Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Dillan Chang
    Jonathan Chiflemariam 7 Target Credit/debit Card Breach Journalism Honorable Mention Twain Middle Jonathan Chiflemariam
    Sandy Cho 11 The Man In Charge Of Time Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Sandy Cho
    William Choi 10 Joysell Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends William Choi
    Parth Chopra 12 The City Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Parth Chopra
    Allie Christman 9 When Dawn Breaks Poetry Honorable Mention Connelly School of the Holy Child Allie Christman
    Marc Cioffi 12 The Ambit Of Reason Poetry Gold Key Albert Einstein High Marc Cioffi
    Marc Cioffi 12 The Porticullius Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Albert Einstein High Marc Cioffi
    Brian Clark 12 Communication Lessons I've Learned From My Dog Persuasive Writing Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Brian Clark
    Antea Cooper 10 Things Remembered Short Story Silver Key Hayfield Secondary Antea Cooper
    Sanna Darwish 12 A Journey Home Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Northwest High Sanna Darwish
    Debi Das 10 49 Minutes Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Debi Das
    Camra Davis 12 Imperfections. Short Story Honorable Mention Maret Camra Davis
    Rebecca Dayan 12 Sea Floor Poetry Honorable Mention Field Rebecca Dayan
    Jordan Dewar 11 The Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea: A 21st Century Fascist State Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jordan Dewar
    Jordan Dewar 11 The Forgotten Allies Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Jordan Dewar
    Julia Di 12 Grandfather, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Me Poetry Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Julia Di
    Julia Di 12 Grandfather, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Me Poetry Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Julia Di
    Julia Di 12 I'll Pay The Postage, How Do You Know, The Cycle Poetry Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Julia Di
    Julia Di 12 In Class Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Julia Di
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 Autos Poetry Silver Key Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 Neo-applicant: An Exercise in (future) Self- mockery Poetry Gold Key Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 Came Poetry Honorable Mention Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 At The End Of The War Poetry Honorable Mention Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 Em Poetry Gold Key Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan 8 No, I Can't Shut Up. Not Even If I Wanted To. Poetry Silver Key Deal Middle Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Matthew Dittersdorf 11 Ratatata Ratatata Ratatata Poetry Honorable Mention Maret Matthew Dittersdorf
    Aline Dolinh 10 Accent Marks, Exorcism, Model Minority, Second-generation Poetry Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Oakton High Aline Dolinh
    Logan Dreher 11 Penny Wars Flash Fiction Honorable Mention James Hubert Blake High Logan Dreher
    Logan Dreher 11 The My Today Ran Dog Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention James Hubert Blake High Logan Dreher
    Savannah Du 12 I Am My Cell Phone Humor Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Savannah Du
    Casey Early 12 Candle Games Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Change Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Dragonflight Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Letter Home from Space Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Dress Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Splashdown: The Retired Rocket Speaks Of Stars Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Thicker Than Blood Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Concerning Hats Poetry Honorable Mention Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Candle Games Flash Fiction Silver Key Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Casey Early 12 Dress; Dragonflight; Concerning Hats Poetry Silver Key Robinson Secondary Casey Early
    Natalie Edmonds 7 The Other Side, Your Ghost Poetry Silver Key Westland Middle Natalie Edmonds
    Belen Edwards 10 Shadows Science Fiction/Fantasy Silver Key Washington International School - Tregaron Campus Belen Edwards
    Belen Edwards 10 Crypsis Poetry Honorable Mention Washington International School - Tregaron Campus Belen Edwards
    Emma Fan 10 The Tender Sea Science Fiction/Fantasy Silver Key Marshall High Emma Fan
    Victoria Finnegan 12 A Lord And The Sea, My Grandfather And Me, Crossing The Bar - Rending Mending Walls - Dear Emily: Sleep Is Counted Sweetest - Postcard Back To The Volcano - January In My Wasteland Poetry Honorable Mention Georgetown Day Victoria Finnegan
    Julia Flynn 8 Fearless Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key Gunston Middle Julia Flynn
    Ellie Frank 10 The Divided States Of America Humor Honorable Mention National Cathedral Ellie Frank
    Victoria Gaetan 11 Steps Poetry Honorable Mention Duke Ellington School of the Arts Victoria Gaetan
    Dena Garada 11 Dark Passenger, A, X, Blank, Lost. Poetry Honorable Mention Islamic Saudi Academy Dena Garada
    Dana Gerber 8 Dear Heaven Short Story Gold Key Tilden Middle Dana Gerber
    Jordan Giles 11 We Can Never Be Poetry Honorable Mention Maret Jordan Giles
    Maeve Givens 10 Born To Be Wild Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Maeve Givens
    Nora Gosselin 11 The Jumbled Words Of Oblivion Poetry Gold Key Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Nora Gosselin
    Samantha Greene 10 The Mysteries Of French Kissing Short Story Silver Key Falls Church High Samantha Greene
    Sheoli Gunaratne 12 The Cycle Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas S. Wootton High Sheoli Gunaratne
    Sheoli Gunaratne 12 The March Of Mankind Poetry Silver Key Thomas S. Wootton High Sheoli Gunaratne
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Wordscapes Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Classrooms, Countries Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Medina Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Gulf Poetry Silver Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Dolbear's Law, do you remember running Poetry Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Grandmothers Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 In A Chinese Restaurant, 25/12/13 Poetry Honorable Mention Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Grandmothers Poetry Gold Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Noa Gur-Arie 11 Bright Little Fish Poetry Silver Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Noa Gur-Arie
    Richard Hage 10 Undecided Flash Fiction Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Richard Hage
    Melissa Halbrook 12 Kim Jong-un's New Clothes Humor Gold Key Woodson High Melissa Halbrook
    Margot Hanclich 11 Reflection Poetry Honorable Mention Yorktown High Margot Hanclich
    Madison Harden 9 Iris; Silence at Sandy Hook; Letter to Mr. Sandman, Cloud 9, Dreamland, The Sky Poetry Honorable Mention West Potomac High Madison Harden
    Sydney Harris 12 Mrs. Swason Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Sydney Harris
    Sydney Harris 12 The Session Short Story Silver Key Sidwell Friends Sydney Harris
    Sydney Harris 12 Small Claims Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Sydney Harris
    Sydney Harris 12 The Fence Poetry Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Sydney Harris
    Haley Hassell 10 Headstrong Poetry Honorable Mention St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Haley Hassell
    Emma Hastings 12 Swift Riders Upon Golden Wings Flash Fiction Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Exeunt Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Westward Leading, Still Proceeding Short Story Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Sight Without Vision, Vision Without Sight Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 St. Jude's Center For Ticking Time Bombs Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 The Sweet Scent Of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Exeunt Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Westward Leading, Still Proceeding Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Emma Hastings 12 Sight Without Vision, Vision Without Sight Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Hastings
    Amanda Hayes 11 From the family goldfish Poetry Honorable Mention H-B Woodlawn Amanda Hayes
    Amanda Hayes 11 Lost Change, Functionally Extinct Poetry Silver Key H-B Woodlawn Amanda Hayes
    Sarah Hirsch 12 The Lost Boys Dramatic Script Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Sarah Hirsch
    Diana Hla 10 The King, Her Majesty Poetry Honorable Mention National Cathedral Diana Hla
    Aaron Hwang 12 The Life And Death Of Eliza Grey Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Aaron Hwang 12 Shoot The Moon Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Aaron Hwang 12 Poetry Slam Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Aaron Hwang 12 Remember The Fullness Of The Sea Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Aaron Hwang 12 Poetry Slam Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Aaron Hwang 12 Wingbound Dramatic Script Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Aaron Hwang
    Gavrielle Jacobovitz 10 I Left Her At The Water Front Flash Fiction Silver Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Gavrielle Jacobovitz
    Zoe Johnson 11 Getting Their Kicks Journalism Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 [Days Like These] I Begin To Try To Find My Place In The World Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 Greatness Has Been Found--and Ignored Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 Elegy in X Parts Poetry Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 For Leah Poetry Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 Escapism Short Story Silver Key Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 For The Bitter And The Sweet Short Story Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Zoe Johnson 11 The Subway Away Short Story Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Zoe Johnson
    Deshania Jones 11 Running Rebel Short Story Honorable Mention Ballou Senior High School
    Randall Jones 10 Perspective of the Conflicted Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Randall Jones
    Abraham Joyner-meyers 9 Tomatoes Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention - Abraham Joyner-meyers
    Abraham Joyner-meyers 9 Sonnets: The Violin; The Physics of Love and Hate; Along the Chesapeake Poetry Honorable Mention - Abraham Joyner-meyers
    Abraham Joyner-meyers 9 Black And White, Remembered Poetry Silver Key - Abraham Joyner-meyers
    Saehee Jung 12 Nessun Dorma Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Saehee Jung
    Jessica Kang 11 Seeing Daddy Cry Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Jessica Kang
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Saving Stars Short Story Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Different Truths Flash Fiction Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 An Audience With Death Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Lessons Unlearned Poetry Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Different Truths Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Hearts Short Story Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 If At First: Pilot [excerpt] Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Mine Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 My Heart Beats In Haiku: Crossword, Nonsense, Stitching, Elsewhere, It's You Poetry Honorable Mention Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Dear Lacy (who I Don't Miss At All), Humor Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Intervention L: Pilot [excerpt] Humor Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Cash So Cold, You Could Say It Was Ice... Humor Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 American Math Scores Plummet, Experts Blame Existence Of Other Subjects Humor Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Josephine Kihiu 12 Down In History Flash Fiction Silver Key Fairfax High Josephine Kihiu
    Amy Kim 12 Yellow Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Amy Kim
    Annika Kim 11 Life Seen Through Tired Eyes, Ode To A Love Once True, Sixteen Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Annika Kim
    Jack (Hyun Sik) Kim 10 Domesticity, Kindness, And Men: the Blurred Lines Between Traditional Masculine Traits Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Episcopal High Jack (Hyun Sik) Kim
    Ema Klugman 11 Temporary Paralysis Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Maret Ema Klugman
    Wade Kovalik 10 A Truth to Be Told Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Wade Kovalik
    Kiran Kumar 12 Women's Leadership is Lacking Persuasive Writing Silver Key Maret Kiran Kumar
    Sofia Laguarda 10 21st Century Life Poetry Gold Key Sidwell Friends Sofia Laguarda
    Sofia Laguarda 10 The Ways I Tried to Fix my Brother Poetry Gold Key Sidwell Friends Sofia Laguarda
    Sofia Laguarda 10 Chalkboard Paint Flash Fiction Gold Key Sidwell Friends Sofia Laguarda
    Sofia Laguarda 10 There Was A Girl Who Learned How To Whistle. Flash Fiction Gold Key Sidwell Friends Sofia Laguarda
    Sofia Laguarda 10 Moonlight Sonata Dramatic Script Silver Key Sidwell Friends Sofia Laguarda
    Claire Lewis 8 The Chronicles Of Rocktopus Humor Silver Key Deal Middle Claire Lewis
    Alison Li 10 Lost Dog Short Story Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Alison Li
    Yiyi "Jessica" Li 12 The Guardians Of Subway Express (i), The Guardians Of Subway Express (ii), “E’erbody’s Ride-On Bus” , The Mailman, Ron Kemp Poetry Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Yiyi "Jessica" Li
    Yiyi "Jessica" Li 12 Papa’s Ugly Dinosaur, From a Woman of Retrospective Bust, Illumination , Twin Beans Poetry Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Yiyi "Jessica" Li
    Cynthia Liu 10 As I Sit and Take Integrals in my Study Poetry Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Cynthia Liu
    Cynthia Liu 10 Chasing Nothing Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Cynthia Liu
    Justin Lobe 10 In Vino Veritas Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Justin Lobe
    Faith Logan 12 Late Night Apologies Flash Fiction Honorable Mention St. John's College High Faith Logan
    Faith Logan 12 Busy Flash Fiction Honorable Mention St. John's College High Faith Logan
    Anasuya Lyons 8 Le Corps Est Poésie Short Story Silver Key Deal Middle Anasuya Lyons
    Anasuya Lyons 8 Foosteps Short Story Honorable Mention Deal Middle Anasuya Lyons
    J. M. 12 Sitting On My Steps Poetry Honorable Mention - J. M.
    Angela Ma 11 The Way She Said Forever Short Story Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Angela Ma
    Joanna Mak 11 Moonshine Poetry Gold Key Thomas S. Wootton High Joanna Mak
    Joanna Mak 11 An Exercise In Gardening Poetry Silver Key Thomas S. Wootton High Joanna Mak
    Elizabeth Mccune 12 It's Raining, Lonely in the City, The Little Mermaid Poetry Honorable Mention McLean High Elizabeth Mccune
    Elizabeth Mccune 12 Poems Found Around the House, Half-Awake, Suddenly the World Came into Focus, Like the Dust Poetry Honorable Mention McLean High Elizabeth Mccune
    Angela Mcglathery 10 Personal Statement Poetry Silver Key Bishop Denis J. O Connell Angela Mcglathery
    Angela Mcglathery 10 Good Samaritan Short Story Honorable Mention Bishop Denis J. O Connell Angela Mcglathery
    Marcus Mckee 8 Abnormopolis Awaits: A Bob Mcjoe Adventure Humor Honorable Mention Westland Middle Marcus Mckee
    Rebecca Merriman-Goldring 11 I, Leaf, Leave Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Rebecca Merriman-Goldring
    Isabel Meyers 11 Make It Burn Science Fiction/Fantasy Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Isabel Meyers
    Alison Miller 11 Ink Poetry Honorable Mention Washington-Lee High Alison Miller
    Reem Mohamed 11 Role Models, Heroes, They Will Come, Wrong Side of the World Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Reem Mohamed
    Daichi Monma 7 The Game Master Short Story Silver Key Jefferson Middle Daichi Monma
    Pegah Moradi 11 Cigarette Poetry Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pegah Moradi
    Pegah Moradi 11 I Ran Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pegah Moradi
    Pegah Moradi 11 Unlikely Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Pegah Moradi
    Kalila Morsink 11 Come, Throw Your Dust On The Quick And The Dead; Red-blooded Dawn Poetry Gold Key Georgetown Day Kalila Morsink
    Kalila Morsink 11 Voltaire The Englishman Persuasive Writing Silver Key Georgetown Day Kalila Morsink
    Kalila Morsink 11 An Open Letter To Congress Persuasive Writing Honorable Mention Georgetown Day Kalila Morsink
    Lauren Mostrom 12 Music Lessons Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Lauren Mostrom
    Alexander Mountfield 8 Night Walkers Flash Fiction Silver Key Oneness Family Alexander Mountfield
    Alexander Mountfield 8 Live And Relive Flash Fiction Gold Key Oneness Family Alexander Mountfield
    Raluca Munteanu 12 My (Extra)Ordinary Place Poetry Honorable Mention Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Raluca Munteanu
    Stav Nachum 11 The Abandoned Car Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Stav Nachum
    Shreya Nandi 11 To Consider The Inconceivable Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Shreya Nandi
    Erin NewRingeisen 8 Brave Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Twain Middle Erin NewRingeisen
    Erin NewRingeisen 8 The Inventor Of Golden Rice: Potential Savior Of Millions Journalism Gold Key Twain Middle Erin NewRingeisen
    Miyu Nishio 10 Float Poetry Silver Key Georgetown Day Miyu Nishio
    Jonathan Odim 7 Letter To President Obama From The Minister Of Education Persuasive Writing Gold Key Takoma Park Middle Jonathan Odim
    Jonathan Odim 7 The Silent Revolution Journalism Honorable Mention Takoma Park Middle Jonathan Odim
    Jonathan Odim 7 A Mythological Family Feud Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention Takoma Park Middle Jonathan Odim
    Lily O'Dowd 10 Chewing Gum Short Story Silver Key Bethesda-Chevy Chase High Lily O'Dowd
    Abbie Olshin 11 Tragoediam Scriberet, Tragic Little Darlings Poetry Gold Key - Abbie Olshin
    Abbie Olshin 11 Paper Cuts, The Seven Beginnings, Nostalgia Poetry Gold Key - Abbie Olshin
    Anwar Omeish 12 Openings Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 Young Woman Found Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 (american) shooting #445234 Poetry Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 haberdasher Poetry Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 Subject: Responding To Iran’s Nuclear Program Persuasive Writing Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 Wa Bashir Assabireen Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Anwar Omeish 12 sui caedere; confessions Poetry Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anwar Omeish
    Gillian Page 10 The Night Watchman Short Story Gold Key Georgetown Day Gillian Page
    Rachel Page 10 Turtledove Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Woodrow Wilson Senior High Rachel Page
    Rachel Page 10 Gallery Walk Dramatic Script Gold Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Rachel Page
    Rachel Page 10 Calypso Dramatic Script Honorable Mention Woodrow Wilson Senior High Rachel Page
    Rachel Page 10 Chickens Short Story Gold Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Rachel Page
    Rachel Page 10 Ways To Look At A Photograph Short Story Gold Key, American Voices Nominee Woodrow Wilson Senior High Rachel Page
    Anna Parnell 9 Walk Flash Fiction Honorable Mention George Mason High Anna Parnell
    Anna Parnell 9 Storm And Mist Poetry Silver Key George Mason High Anna Parnell
    Alexa Perlmutter 9 A Window into The Cathedral Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention National Cathedral Alexa Perlmutter
    Alexa Perlmutter 9 Why Can't You Help Me? Short Story Honorable Mention National Cathedral Alexa Perlmutter
    Miriam Pierson 12 On Mess Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Maret Miriam Pierson
    Miriam Pierson 12 Explorations (Sanibel Island Journal Days 1 and 2) Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Maret Miriam Pierson
    Melanie Piller 11 Pressure Flash Fiction Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Melanie Piller
    Marissa Poole 11 Them Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention Damascus High Marissa Poole
    Rachel Price 9 Skipping Stones And Chopin Waltzes Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Bishop Ireton Rachel Price
    Rachel Price 9 Cautionary Tales Poetry Silver Key Bishop Ireton Rachel Price
    Emma Puranen 12 The Woods Bear Witness Poetry Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emma Puranen
    Rosa Pyo 9 Red, The Child From the Ghetto, The Red in Her Hair, The Glass Heart, The Color of Feelings Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas S. Wootton High Rosa Pyo
    Sahana Ramani 10 Dollars vs. Pens Persuasive Writing Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Sahana Ramani
    Sahana Ramani 10 Fear Of The Roots? Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Sahana Ramani
    Emma Rebholz 12 The Eye Of The Beholder Science Fiction/Fantasy Silver Key Quince Orchard High Emma Rebholz
    Emma Rebholz 12 ( ) In The Parlor Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Quince Orchard High Emma Rebholz
    Celia Reilly 11 Wedding Vows Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Duke Ellington School of the Arts Celia Reilly
    Celia Reilly 11 Almost Beautiful Short Story Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Celia Reilly
    Celia Reilly 11 The Forgery Short Story Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Celia Reilly
    Madeleine Remi 12 Safe Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention The Potomac Madeleine Remi
    Madeleine Remi 12 Tested Dramatic Script Honorable Mention The Potomac Madeleine Remi
    Annie Rosenthal 11 New Breasts, Less Wrinkles, No Hair: A Danish Teenager Fights Sexist Stereotypes Journalism Silver Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Annie Rosenthal
    Annie Rosenthal 11 Does Suspension Work? An Investigation At One D.C. High School Journalism Honorable Mention Woodrow Wilson Senior High Annie Rosenthal
    Halcyon Ruskin 11 Ginger Short Story Honorable Mention Albert Einstein High Halcyon Ruskin
    Arda Sahiner 11 Endorphins, Life Goes On, Be Famous Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas S. Wootton High Arda Sahiner
    Ben Sarraille 12 A Gentle Wind Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 To His Coy College Board Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 The Last Tree Poetry Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 Where I Wrote Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 Thunder Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 Finish Line Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 Phantasm Poetry Silver Key Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 A 15 Line Sonnet: Pretty Cool, Hunh? Poetry Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Ben Sarraille 12 Parade Poetry Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Ben Sarraille
    Emily Schneider 12 Drive Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Emily Schneider
    Kendall Schutzer 12 The Selfie Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Maret Kendall Schutzer
    Marriya Schwarz 10 Footprints To The River's Edge Short Story Honorable Mention Oakton High Marriya Schwarz
    Ned Schweikert 12 You May Not Believe In Ghosts But They Believe In You Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Yorktown High Ned Schweikert
    Ned Schweikert 12 Apartment 13-11 Humor Honorable Mention Yorktown High Ned Schweikert
    Ned Schweikert 12 Minutia Flash Fiction Gold Key Yorktown High Ned Schweikert
    Anna Seo 12 Prisoner At Birth Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Anna Seo
    Eva Shapiro 10 And I Will Tell You A Story Short Story Gold Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Eva Shapiro
    Eva Shapiro 10 Plans, Not Well Made Flash Fiction Silver Key Woodrow Wilson Senior High Eva Shapiro
    Emma Shaughnessy 12 Moon Poetry Silver Key Maret Emma Shaughnessy
    Blessed Sheriff 11 Like That, Time Travel, We, Confession Poetry Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Blessed Sheriff
    Will Simon 12 At The Bargello Poetry Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Will Simon
    Nur Simsek 11 Dusk and Dawn, Puzzle, Forever Broken Poetry Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Nur Simsek
    Shea Sion 9 On Again/off Again, A Soul, Matches Poetry Silver Key Holton-Arms Shea Sion
    Barrett Smith 12 Salmon Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Barrett Smith 12 Helmets Short Story Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Barrett Smith 12 Magician Of Change Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Barrett Smith 12 When He Talks In His Sleep Poetry Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Barrett Smith 12 Too Tired For Martyrs Short Story Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Barrett Smith 12 Salmon Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Duke Ellington School of the Arts Barrett Smith
    Juliet Smith 11 Ivy Poetry Honorable Mention Yorktown High Juliet Smith
    Lindsay Smith 9 For Grandma Poetry Gold Key Yorktown High Lindsay Smith
    Lindsay Smith 9 My Toes Poetry Silver Key Yorktown High Lindsay Smith
    Cynthia Song 10 Sadie Short Story Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Cynthia Song
    Paulina Song 8 Lily Short Story Honorable Mention Rocky Run Middle Paulina Song
    Lily Spiro 10 The After Science Fiction/Fantasy Gold Key Woodson High Lily Spiro
    Kaila Stein 10 The Contradiction of Friendship Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Kaila Stein
    Tanvir Sublok 10 The Maze Short Story Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Tanvir Sublok
    Arjuna Subramanian 11 We Are The Past Short Story Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Arjuna Subramanian
    Matthew Sun 10 Hyphen Personal Essay/Memoir Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Matthew Sun
    Wendy Sun 12 Acceptance Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Wendy Sun
    Wendy Sun 12 I Am Not A Writer Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Wendy Sun
    Ariah Tucci 8 Words Of Everythings Poetry Honorable Mention Swanson Middle Ariah Tucci
    Katie Van Duyne 11 Wonders Of Winter Poetry Honorable Mention Maret Katie Van Duyne
    Aidan Walker 9 Camp Water Short Story Silver Key H-B Woodlawn Aidan Walker
    Aidan Walker 9 That Exact Same Vertigo Feeling Short Story Silver Key H-B Woodlawn Aidan Walker
    Catherine Wang 11 Red Scarf Ties: Where Loyalties Lie Personal Essay/Memoir Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Catherine Wang
    Sara Warrington 10 Overcoming Intolerance Journalism Gold Key Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Sara Warrington
    Ella Weiner 8 School Shooting Poetry Honorable Mention Deal Middle Ella Weiner
    Olenka Wellisz 9 And Utter Madness Ensued. Poetry Honorable Mention Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Olenka Wellisz
    Olenka Wellisz 9 Miranda Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Olenka Wellisz
    Julia Wicks 11 Rain, Frank And Alma, Morning Poetry Honorable Mention Washington-Lee High Julia Wicks
    Anna Wilson 8 One Ugly Painting (an Excerpt) Short Story Gold Key Deal Middle Anna Wilson
    Julia Wilson 12 The Ghosts Of Youth Poetry Honorable Mention Sidwell Friends Julia Wilson
    Julia Winkler 8 The Fly On The Wall Short Story Honorable Mention Little Flower Julia Winkler
    Julia Winkler 8 The Waterfall Poetry Gold Key Little Flower Julia Winkler
    Julia Winkler 8 Broken Glass Poetry Honorable Mention Little Flower Julia Winkler
    Megan Wirtz 11 Crossroads Personal Essay/Memoir Honorable Mention Georgetown Day Megan Wirtz
    Emma Wolfe 10 Calypso's Lament Poetry Honorable Mention Walt Whitman High Emma Wolfe
    Emma Wolfe 10 Old Houses Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Walt Whitman High Emma Wolfe
    Emma Wolfe 10 Shards Short Story Silver Key Walt Whitman High Emma Wolfe
    Emma Wolfe 10 Artisan Short Story Honorable Mention Walt Whitman High Emma Wolfe
    Alexander Won 10 A Day Of The Dead Flash Fiction Silver Key Trinity Christian Alexander Won
    Alexander Won 10 Skiar The Sky Painter Short Story Honorable Mention Trinity Christian Alexander Won
    Alexander Won 10 A Lotus Pond Poetry Silver Key Trinity Christian Alexander Won
    Annabelle Woodward 10 Lucy's House Poetry Silver Key Episcopal High Annabelle Woodward
    Annabelle Woodward 10 Johnny And His House On Stilts Short Story Honorable Mention Episcopal High Annabelle Woodward
    Suzanne Xu 12 The Greatest Award Humor Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Suzanne Xu
    Suzanne Xu 12 Weeding Short Story Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Suzanne Xu
    Suzanne Xu 12 The Spider Woman Science Fiction/Fantasy Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Suzanne Xu
    Dash Yeatts-lonske 10 The War That Fear Built, This Is Just To Say, The Worst Thing Poetry Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Dash Yeatts-lonske
    Emma Youcha 12 Squatters Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Yorktown High Emma Youcha
    Emma Youcha 12 All The While Flash Fiction Silver Key Yorktown High Emma Youcha
    Josephine Yu 10 The Room Poetry Honorable Mention Montgomery Blair High Josephine Yu
    Josephine Yu 10 The Hidden Places Short Story Silver Key Montgomery Blair High Josephine Yu
    Katherine Zeng 12 Pygmalion Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Katherine Zeng
    Anne Zetkulic 7 Cuxhaven Science Fiction/Fantasy Silver Key Jefferson Middle Anne Zetkulic
    Emily Zhang 10 Specks Flash Fiction Silver Key Richard Montgomery High Emily Zhang
    Emily Zhang 10 Cakes And Catalysts Short Story Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Emily Zhang
    Emily Zhang 10 Rhubarb And Brambles, Stasis, Ignition Poetry Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Emily Zhang
    Emily Zhang 10 Settled, Insiders And Outsiders, Discarded Girls Poetry Gold Key Richard Montgomery High Emily Zhang
    Emily Zhang 10 Fall Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Emily Zhang
    Vivien Zhu 10 Five Yuan For Five Shots Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Richard Montgomery High Vivien Zhu
    Eliza Zizka 8 Copper Flash Fiction Honorable Mention Deal Middle Eliza Zizka
    Eliza Zizka 8 Honey Poetry Silver Key Deal Middle Eliza Zizka
    Eliza Zizka 8 Poems Poetry Honorable Mention Deal Middle Eliza Zizka
    Eliza Zizka 8 Grammar Police Radio Show Dramatic Script Silver Key Deal Middle Eliza Zizka
    Eliza Zizka 8 I Like Fire Poetry Honorable Mention Deal Middle Eliza Zizka
    Eliza Zizka 8 Ninja Rubber Ducky Play Dramatic Script Silver Key Deal Middle Eliza Zizka

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and throughout the summer. Also, see our Full-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Full-Day Camps

    Full-day camps run on select weeks during summer and school-year breaks. Also, see our Half-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and every week of the summer. Also, see our Full-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and every week of the summer.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and throughout the summer. Also, see our Full-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Full-Day Camps

    Full-day camps run on select weeks during summer and school-year breaks. Also, see our Half-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Full-Day Camps

    Full-day camps run on select weeks during summer and school-year breaks. Also, see our Half-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and throughout the summer. Also, see our Full-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    If you do not see a time or day of the week that works for you, we may be able to open a new workshop at another time! Please contact registerchicago@writopialab.org for more information.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Trimester-Long Writing Workshops

    Trimester-long workshops meet one day a week, for 90-minute sessions, during fall, winter, and spring trimesters.

    These workshops are enrolled on an on-going basis and writers are welcome to join mid-trimester. You may click the “Dates” links below to see the specific schedule for each day of the week.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and throughout the summer. Also, see our Full-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Writers are enrolled on an ongoing basis for trimester-long workshops.

    Registration is not confirmed without payment.
    We will hold a spot for your child for one week. If we do not receive payment in that time, we will make that spot available to others.

    AFTER you have clicked the "Submit" button above...

    Please follow this link to pay for your program:

    Paying Online

    Please follow one of these links to pay for your workshop or private session(s):

    Trimester-Long Workshop

    These workshops meet one day a week during fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Workshops meet for ten 90-minute sessions.

    Fee
    Workshop Location
    Weekday
    Time
    Student Name

     

     

    Half-Day Summer Workshop

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and every week of the summer.

    Fee
    Workshop Location
    Week
    Time
    Student Name

    School-Year Vacation Workshop

    These workshops meet two days in a row, 9:00-4:30 each day, on select school breaks.

    Fee
    Location
    Program and Date
    Student Name

    In-Lab or Online Private Sessions

    Private sessions are usually requested by a) high school seniors developing their college essays; b) writers who wish to work on fiction, memoirs, or scripts individually before joining a workshop; c) writers who enjoy one-on-one editing and development; d) students struggling with expository writing (school essays).

     

    In-Lab and online private sessions can be scheduled for one or more hours per session at our Katonah, Hartsdale, or Stamford labs. The fee is $100 per hour.

    Number of Sessions
    Location
    Student Name
    Parent/Guardian Name

    In-Home Private Sessions

    In-Home Private Sessions can be scheduled for one or more hours in Westchester or Fairfield counties. A Writopia Lab Instructor will come to your home (or a local library if you prefer). A home computer and wireless internet are recommended. The fee is $115 per hour.

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    Number of Sessions
    Student Name
    Location/Town

    About our Fees

    Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit that operates with limited resources, relying heavily on support from the community to sustain our programs — over 95% of our funding comes from the community in the form of these workshop and membership fees. Because we know there are families who cannot pay the full fee, we are willing to accept sliding-scale fees for one or two spots in each workshop. While we don't require supporting documents to demonstrate your financial hardship, we do ask that families pay the full fee if they can afford to do so; this is what enables us to offer our workshops to families in more difficult financial situations.

    To enquire about discounted fees, please email Rob (rob@writopialab.org), or call (914) 401-4159.

    Writopia Lab's fees cover the expenses of running a workshop program and allow us to provide generous laptops and sliding-scale scholarships. We will not be able to offer honor-based sliding scale discounts to those in need if those who can afford the fee choose to pay a discounted amount.If you wish to support Writopia Lab, please make a donation to help families afford our services.

    If a child withdraws two weeks (or more) prior to the workshop start date, payment can be credited toward a future workshop at no cost, or refunded with a $50 cancellation fee. If withdrawal is requested within two weeks of the workshop start date, the same policy applies, as long as we are able to fill the spot. However, if we are unable to fill the spot, we cannot refund or credit the workshop. Missed days can be made up during another week in the summer, provided that there is space available.

    Paying Online

    Please follow one of these links to pay for your workshop or private session(s):

     

  • Trimester-Long Writing Workshop
  • Five-Day Half-Day Workshop
  • Four-Day Half-Day Workshop
  • One-Day Half-Day Workshop
  • ELA Workshop
  • LanguagePlay
  • Private Sessions
  • Semi-private Sessions
  • Full-Day Camp
  • Sliding Scale Fees
  • Donations


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    Trimester-Long Writing Workshop

    These workshops meet one day a week during fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Workshops meet for ten 90-minute sessions.

    Location:
    Weekday:
    Time:
    Student Name:
    Parent/Guardian Name:

    Can You Sponsor Another Writer?

    We never turn away families because of their inability to pay for workshops; by sponsoring an additional student, you help us further our mission of fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

    To do this, select “Sponsorship” in the pricing dropdown above. This payment will cover your workshop fee and sponsor an additional young writer in need. Thank you!

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

     


    Five-Day Half-Day Workshop

    Fee
    Manhattan Locations
    Start Time
    Start Date
    Student Name

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

     


    Four-Day Half-Day Workshop

    Fee
    Location
    Student Name
    Start Date

     


    One-Day Half-Day Workshop

    Fee
    Student Name
    Date

     


    ELA Workshop

    Fee (includes a $35 charge for ELA book)
    Location
    Student Name
    Start Date

     


    Language Play

     

    These one-hour classes meet one day a week during fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Weekday classes meet for ten 60-minute sessions.

     

    Fee
    Workshop Location
    Weekday
    Time
    Student Name
    Parent/Guardian Name



     

    Private Sessions

    These one-hour sessions are usually requested by a) high school seniors developing their college essays; b) writers who wish to work on fiction, memoirs, or scripts individually before joining a workshop; c) writers who enjoy one-on-one editing and development; d) students struggling with expository writing (school essays).

    All payments for private sessions are handled by invoice. Once you have requested a private session, the accounting department will e-mail you your invoice.

    To request a Private Session, please contact Taylor@writopialab.org or (212) 222-4088.

    • Creative Writing (Ages 8 to 11) $95
    • Creative Writing (Ages 12 to 18) $120
    • Expository/Analytical Writing (Ages 8 to 11) $95
    • Expository/Analytical Writing (Ages 12 to 18) $120

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

     


     

    Semi-private Sessions

    These one-hour sessions are usually requested by a) high school seniors developing their college essays; b) writers who wish to work on fiction, memoirs, or scripts individually before joining a workshop; c) writers who enjoy one-on-one editing and development; d) students struggling with expository writing (school essays).

    All payments for private sessions are handled by invoice. Once you have requested a private session, the accounting department will e-mail you your invoice.

    To request a Private Session, please contact Taylor@writopialab.org or (212) 222-4088.

    • Semi-private rates (Ages 8 to 11) $75/hr per person
    • Semi-private rates (Ages 12 to 18) $95/hr per person

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

     



     

    Full-Day Camp

    Multi-week discounts only apply when sessions are purchased together with one payment. Sessions purchased separately are $880 each.

    Week(s)
    Track
    Track
    Start Date
    Student Name

    Can You Sponsor Another Writer?

    We never turn away families because of their inability to pay for workshops; by sponsoring an additional student, you help us further our mission of fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

    To do this, select “Sponsorship” in the pricing dropdown above. This payment will cover your workshop fee and sponsor an additional young writer in need. Thank you!

     

    Financial aid available. Please contact financialaid@writopialab.org for details.

     


    About the Sliding Scale Fees

    Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates with limited resources, relying heavily on support from the community to sustain our programs — over 95% of our funding comes from the community in the form of these workshop and membership fees. Because we know there are families who cannot pay the full fee, we have created a sliding-scale for our fees. While we don't require supporting documents to demonstrate your financial hardship, we do ask that families pay as much as they can afford to pay; this is what enables us to offer our workshops to families in more difficult financial situations.

    Writopia Lab's fees cover the expenses of running a workshop program and allow us to provide generous scholarships and flexible sliding scale fees. We will not be able to offer honor-based sliding scale discounts to those in need if those who can afford the fee choose to pay a discounted amount. If you wish to support Writopia Lab, please make a donation to help families afford our services.

     

    Cancellation Policy

    If a child withdraws two weeks (or more) prior to the workshop start date, payment can be credited toward a future workshop at no cost, or refunded with a $50 cancellation fee. If withdrawal is requested within two weeks of the workshop start date, the same policy applies, as long as we are able to fill the spot. However, if we are unable to fill the spot, we cannot refund or credit the workshop. Missed days can be made up during another week in the summer, provided that there is space available.

    Make a Payment

    Thank you so much for choosing to enroll in a Writopia program. This page will allow you to pay for a Writopia program at a pro-rated amount.

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    What is Writopia?

    • Writopia Lab is fun, encouraging, empowering, rigorous.
    • Writopia Lab is not boring, discouraging, dismissive.
    • All workshops are led by a published author or produced playwright trained in Writopia's renowned method
    • Students enjoy a positive workshop environment that includes loungy couches and laptops, fun and inspirational writing games, and individual attention from highly qualified instructors.
    • Writopia workshops help students at all competency levels — including both gifted and reluctant writers — cultivate and enhance a love of writing and literacy.
    • Each student in every workshop is encouraged to finish at least one piece of polished, original prose!

    When Do Workshops Meet?

    Trimester Long Workshops

    Trimester Long workshops meet one day a week during fall, winter, and spring trimesters. Workshops meet for ten 90-minute sessions.

    Half-Day Workshops

    Half-Day workshops are offered during during holiday breaks throughout the school year and as week-long options over the summer. Half-Day Workshops meet for 3 hours each day.

    Full-Day Workshops

    Full-Day workshops are offered on holiday breaks and as week-long programs throughout the summer. Full-day workshops run for seven hours with students participating in writing workshops for the first half of the day and an elective for the second half of the day. Examples include Filmmaking, Graphic Novel, World-building, and Songwriting.

    Private Sessions

    Our teachers and tutors are available to meet for private sessions with students to work on short stories, memoirs, novels, college essays, expository writing, or SAT-prep and ACT-prep. Review our Private Sessions page for more information.

    Sleepaway Camp

    Two week-long long sleepaway camps are offered in August. Reivew our Sleepaway Camp page for more information.

    Parent FAQ

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    What kind of Workshops does Writopia offer?
    Writopia offers programs in several different creative disciplines. For more information, view our Program Types page.
    I am thrilled that my child loves to write, but are workshops actually fun?
    Yes! Our workshop method only works because the participants are able to relax, brainstorm, experiment with writing exercises, laugh, and freely write in the genres they wish.
    I understand that workshop should be a fun environment, but will the kids be learning the craft of story writing and the mechanics of language?
    Our writers won more regional and national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the past seven years than any other group of kids in the entire country! While our workshops are indeed quite fun, we have developed a method that teaches students how to transform ideas into fully developed stories and brings out their highest level writing.
    What if my child doesn't love to write?
    Writopia is a special, safe, exciting place for kids who love to write. Have him or her come in for one trial day to decide for herself. We are proud to report that 99% of our "reluctant" writers choose to stay after their trial session.
    My child is a good writer but she is nervous about sharing her work with others. Is this a sign that she may not fit in?
    Most young people enter workshop timid about sharing. Within a day, participants are brainstorming, bonding, and laughing together. Ultimately, all of our writers share their work with ease.
    5) Are there other boys in your workshops?
    Yes! Most workshops enroll an equal amount of boys and girls, but please do not hesitate to ask us about the makeup of the workshop your child is signing up for.

    Teen and Alumni Residency & Service Program

    Writopians will be selected to bring their love of writing to the children of For His Children Orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. We will stay in the guest house at the orphanage, eat home-cooked Ecuadoran meals, work with the toddlers on early language development, and spend our afternoons writing and workshopping with Ecuadorian teens. Meals, transportation from and to the airport and field trips are included.

    When: March 25th, 2019 to March 31st, 2019

    Who: High school juniors and seniors and college freshmen and sophomores.

    Where: Participants stay in the guest house on the orphanage’s campus.

    Pre-Program Requirements

    • Participation in a two-hour training in Writopia’s Language Play Program
    • Basic Spanish required or attendance at free prerequisite Spanish class at Writopia

    Sample Schedule

    Mornings

    Instructor with infant
    • Language Play & Literacy Development
      • Reading, Group Story, and Language Play time with the children
      • Writopia Lab Residents and children create books together in pairs inspired by the children’s vision and personal stories
    • Reading mentors
      • Each Writopia Lab Resident will be paired up with a child and read together for 20 minutes a day.

    Afternoons

    Instructor with infant

    Writing

    • Residents spend the afternoon in their own writing workshops led by a Writopia instructor.
      Each workshop includes time for processing, reflections, and memoir writing.
    • Afternoon workshop also includes:
      • Creating children’s books for the children.
      • Blogging for the For His Children Web site
      • Independent fiction, memoir, and poetry projects

    Field Trips

    Instructor with infant

    Writopia Lab Residents will help chaperone field trips with the children to local attractions and sites.

    Possible Trips for Writopia Lab Residents include:

    • Historic Quito Old Town
    • The Equator
    • Mindo Cloud Forest

    Fee: $1,900. This fee includes room, board, airport pickup and drop off, workshop, pre-residency early literacy teacher training, pre-trip spanish class, and field trips in Quito. Airfare is not included. We will reserve best priced tickets for the group.

    How To Apply

    Please submit an online application to be considered for the Residency & Service Trip.

    Application Deadline: October 15th, 2018

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    Manhattan, NYC

    registerNYC@writopialab.org
    (212) 222-4088

    Brooklyn, NYC

    registerBK@writopialab.org
    (718) 285-9638

    Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT

    registerNYMN@writopialab.org
    (914) 401-4159

    New Jersey

    registerNJ@writopialab.org
    (908) 230-2060

    Washington, DC

    registerDC@writopialab.org
    (202) 629-9510

    Los Angeles

    registerLA@writopialab.org
    (323) 761-0453

    San Francisco Bay Area

    registerbayarea@writopialab.org
    (415) 805-8615

    Chicago

    registerChicago@writopialab.org
    (773) 425-4217

    High School Summer Internships

    About the High School Internship Program

    Internships are available for high school students
    • Summer Half-Day Internship: 9 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Summer Full-Day Internship: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
    • School-year Internship: Varies

    High School interns serve as role models and provide workshop, editorial, and moral support to our 6 to 9 year-old writers. High school interns assist a full-time instructors with our workshops providing typing and story-development support.

      High School Interns Must:
    • Be at least 15 years old at the start of their internship
    • Have taken at least one Writopia summer or trimester-long workshop
    • Commit to at least 2 week-long summer workshops or a semester-long weekly workshop

    How to Apply

      Summer Applications Due: April 15th, 2018 School-year Applications: Accepted on a rolling basis Email the following items to the branch manager in your area:
    • Your name and birthday
    • A list of the weeks you are available to work. Applications that do not include at least two weeks of availability will not be considered.
    • Whether you are interested in a half-day or full-day internship
    • 250 - 300 words explaining why you love the idea of helping young kids write short stories.
    • A list of all Writopia workshop(s) that you have attended. Include the approximate dates and type of each workshop
    • A brief description of related experience (not required).

    Don't See a Writopia Region in Your Area?

    We always consider requests to come to new regions, so if you do not see a Lab near you, please call us at (212) 222-4088 or send us an email.

    In addition, we work with students all over the world using video chat and shared online documents.

    Please note

    If you would like us to run workshops near you but you live farther away from our current labs, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out our workshop request form to let us know where you'd like us to open a workshop!

    We also work with people all over the world via video chat. Please send us an email to arrange for private Skpye sessions.

    "Living in Europe, our experience with Writopia has been wonderful for Jakob, an American 6th grader, attending a full-time school in Spanish. His lessons via Skype are exciting and above all creative. He's loving it!"

    Leslie Zabala

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Instructor
    michellemeyers

    Michelle Meyers is a writer from Los Angeles, CA. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Juked, decomP, Split Lip Magazine, Monkeybicycle, and jmww, among others, and her articles and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Writer’s Digest, PopSugar, Atticus Review, and The Adroit Journal. She has received awards and honors from Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Wigleaf and was a 2015 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow. Her debut novel, Glass Shatters, was released in April 2016 by She Writes Press and selected as an Editor’s Pick in Literary Fiction by Foreword Reviews. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s MFA program in Creative Writing and is currently at work on a book of short stories, a second novel, and a Black Mirror-esque television pilot.

    Half-Day Workshops

    These workshops generally meet five days in a row, for 3 hours each day, and run on school holidays and throughout the summer. If you are unable to attend the full five days, please inquire about pro-rated fees.

    If you do not see an option below that fits your schedule, please send your workshop date request to registerchicago@writopialab.org.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    The Writopia Lab Training Institute

    I absolutely recommend this class. Discussions and readings changed my thinking about how to teach writing... The classes were fun especially the writing games and exercises. I felt like a kid again.

    NYC DOE educator's evaluation of Writopia Lab's Training Institute

    Professional Development Courses

  • The Mini-Workshop
  • Bridging the Gap Between Creative and Essay Writing in ELA

  • The Mini-Workshop

    Training Institute Workshops Fier

    Writopia Lab is an NYSED-approved CTLE sponsor. Our mini-workshops are applicable to CTLE hours and professional certification within the New York City Department of Education.These workshops focus on specific themes and concepts that apply to whole-class instruction on creative and essay writing. Participants who sign up for these sessions will be trained in games and pedagogy directly applicable to the classroom and curriculum development. Please view our offerings below and sign up for a workshop today!

    Location and Registration

    These workshops are at Writopia Lab’s space at 486 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY, 10024. Upon request, we will run The Writopia Mini Workshop at schools. Register here or email ProfessionalDevelopment@writopialab.org for the workshop option that best suits your needs.

    Mini-Workshop Offerings

    Mini-Workshop FAQ

    All workshops will be offered for teachers of grades three through twelve.

    Building Strong Choices: Structure and Narrative Elements in Short Story (Creative Writing)

    In this workshop, participants study interactive ways to teach plot structure, perspective, and tense. Group writing exercises are the focus of this session and provide teachers with new techniques to engage students during instruction. A pedagogy of interactive play guides this session in its application to whole class instruction. Participants will leave this session with new games and classroom management techniques that are directly applicable to the classroom. Mini-Workshop FAQ

    Innovation: Generating New Story Ideas for Writing Topics and Delving Deeper into Them (Creative Writing)

    In this workshop, participants explore new teaching techniques that help generate fresh ideas and deepen writing output in the classroom. Participants learn new, interactive writing exercises that can be implemented in whole class or one-on-one instruction. This workshop aims to provide teachers with fun, engaging creative writing games that promote critical thinking and help students generate unique ideas during story development. These games help students write beyond the themes of mentor texts and enjoy the fulfillment of writing original stories. Mini-Workshop FAQ

    Innovation: Thesis Development and Inspiring Connection to Ideas (Essay Writing)

    In this workshop, participants learn and practice interactive thinking and writing games that invigorate student engagement and that inspire and deepen the complexity of thesis development in the classroom. Participants leave this session with new instructional methods that foster a culture of genuine inquiry in their classrooms. Participants also leave with clear directives that enhance whole class instruction and help students formulate specific claims in their thesis statements that they feel invested in. Mini-Workshop FAQ

    Building Strong Choices: Engaging Ways for Whole Class Teaching of Essay Structure (Essay Writing)

    In this workshop, participants learn new techniques in approaching essay structure in the classroom. Participants study innovative teaching methods, interactive classroom activities, and key concepts for instruction of these activities. Games are played in real time with instructors and are then practiced in breakout sessions. Participants leave with a better understanding of new exercises, tips for implementation, and reference materials for whole class instruction. Mini-Workshop FAQ

    Interconnection: The Bridging of Creative and Essay Writing in the Classroom (Creative and Essay Writing)

    In this workshop, participants examine the innate relationship between creative and essay writing. Through critical readings from acclaimed scholars and comparisons of classroom instruction versus third spaces, participants gain a better understanding of an effective fusion of these two types of writing. In breakout sessions, participants practice games and obtain practical tools for direct implementation in whole class instruction. Participants leave more connected to their own writer self and with tools to inspire student investment in writing projects. Subsections: Structure, Innovation, Effective endings, Voice/Purpose, etc. Mini-Workshop FAQ


    Bridging the Gap Between Creative and Essay Writing in ELA

    This course is designed to provide participants with the best practices to integrate essay writing and creative writing into classroom curriculum. This focus will help their students discover essay writing as an exciting, engaging activity that requires creative thinking and clear, original expression. This course tackles how to build a student’s self-confidence and voice throughout the entire ELA curriculum. The course covers topics that will help participants connect simultaneously to themselves as writers and to their students as fellow writers. It teaches writing games specific to both creative and essay writing and covers the ways these two forms of writing interconnect and complement one another.

    Particular emphasis is placed on writing games designed specifically to bring joy and critical thinking into essay writing curriculum. Participants partake in these games themselves to learn first-hand the application of these games to student learning. Participants will have the opportunity to create a lesson plan that integrates the two genres of writing. The course will ultimately leave participants with insights and lesson plans that can be directly brought into their broader curriculum. Teaching methods include writing exercises, lectures, critical readings, classroom discussion, feedback, sharing, and writing assignments. All written work will be done on Google Docs. Participants will be provided with a laptop onsite upon request.

    Bridging the Gap Between Creative and Essay Writing in ELA is a DOE After School Professional Development Program. To begin the registration process, fill out our online form. Registration must also be completed through the ASPDP’s course catalog. Please submit payment for our Education Partner fee below to confirm your spot.

    Dates
    • Thursday, October 4th, 2018
    • Thursday, October 11th, 2018
    • Thursday, October 18th, 2018
    • Thursday, November 1st, 2018
    • Thursday, November 8th, 2018
    • Thursday, November 15th, 2018

    All sessions meet from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

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    Other Professional Development Opportunities

    inschool040116Thanks to the Pinkerton Foundation, Writopia launched the Writopia Training Institute in 2016. We have since partnered with many public and private schools and community-based organizations in New York City and Washington D.C. to share our most effective methods with hundreds of classroom teachers and after school education directors. Our mission is to give classroom teachers and after-school educators instructional tools to help their students fall in love, or deepen their love, of writing and improve their literacy and literary skills along the way.

    We train classroom teachers and nonprofit leaders from organizations that serve low-income youths and graduate-level volunteers from NYC’s graduate schools.

    We offer in-person sessions with administrators, teachers, and community based organizations in the tri-state area. These sessions can happen on-site at the school or organization, as well as at Writopia Lab's National Headquarters in Manhattan.

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    We have provided professional development to teachers from Stuyvesant High School, La Scuola d'Italia, Association to Benefit Children, Goddard Riverside, University Settlement House, and many other schools and organizations through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. For schools and organizations further afield, we offer online sessions for local, national, and international schools. Our fees vary depending upon the location of the school.

    Schools and nonprofits can request tailored enrichment training sessions for their staff. To inquire further and bring the training program to your school, please contact ProfessionalDevelopment@writopialab.org.

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    A Decade of Generosity

    We are grateful to the following individuals, foundations, and businesses for supporting our mission and programs with generous donations:

    Benefactors ($100,000 and up)

    • Cohanzick Management, LLC.
    • The Hartman Family
    • The Pinkerton Foundation
    • Worldwide Pants Inc.

    Sponsors ($50,000 - $99,999)

    • Crosswicks Foundation, LTD

    Empowerment Donors ($10,000 - $49,999)

    • Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    • Andrea Stern
    • Candice Braun & Benjamin Braun
    • David Sherman
    • Jennifer Sylvor & Steven Greenberg
    • John French
    • Kenneth W and Janice W Freeman Family Foundation
    • Mellam Family Foundation
    • Meringoff Family Foundation
    • Eve Yohalem & Nicholas Polsky
    • Skadden, ARPS, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP
    • The Dallas Foundation
    • The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
    • Edward and Elisabeth Wolfe Foundation

    Patrons ($5,000 - $9,999)

    • AKC FUND, INC
    • Alane B. McNulty & Paul M. McNulty
    • Andreas Schlaepfer
    • Charles P. Rogers Co., Inc.
    • Christina Davidson
    • Debbie Cooper
    • Judith Tolkow & Leland Woodbury
    • KEDS Foundation via Morgan Stanley
    • The French Family Charitable Fund
    • Peter Yu & Sandy Mancini Charitable Fund
    • Tami Schneider
    • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
    • Crosswicks Foundation, LTD

    Major Donors ($1,000 - $4,999)

    • Alison Cowan
    • Amy Lipin
    • Amy Meltzer
    • Amy Smith & Jeremy Mindich
    • Anthony Davivid Calnek & Linda Sugin
    • Balsamiq Studios LLC
    • Barnes & Noble Booksellers Financial Center
    • BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund
    • Brian Stadler
    • Busboys & Poets.
    • Daniel Miller
    • Deane R. Dubansky & Daniel W. Dubansky
    • Debra Wasserman
    • Donna Lee Miele
    • Edward P. Jones
    • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
    • Frances and Jack Levy Foundation
    • Fundraiser Donor
    • Gail Rappaport
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program
    • Google Matching Gifts Program
    • Hite Construction, Inc.
    • Howard University
    • Indian Head Camp
    • Jeffrey Stern
    • John Flynn & Eileen Flynn
    • JONATHAN BERGNER
    • Joshua Getzler & Amanda Newman
    • Joshua Nash
    • Joyce Frost
    • Julie Jacobs
    • Karen Handler
    • Laura Anreder
    • Laurie Izes
    • Lesley Heller
    • Liz Steinglass
    • Gail Sinai & Robert Evans III
    • Max J. & Winnie S. Rosenshein
    • Melissa Kornfeld
    • Michelle Noris & Joshua Weitzman
    • Nancy E Sylvor & Robert Sylvor
    • Natalie P. Silverstein
    • Network For Good
    • Oren Cohen
    • Peggy Teich & Steven Teich
    • Playscripts, Inc.
    • Profit Investment Management
    • Prudential Foundation
    • Robin Kaplan
    • Robin Landa
    • Robin Schick
    • Roni Jacobson
    • Samantha Shubert
    • SEED School of Washington, D.C.
    • Shifra Bronznick
    • Stephanie Hurwitz & Jeffrey Hurwitz
    • Susan & Ken Cain
    • Tamara Hubinsky & Adam Bremner
    • Washington, D.C. Alumnae Foundation Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

    Teen Filmmaking Seminar

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    Writopia offers two filmmaking seminars in the summer that give participants the opportunity to take part in a film-school style workshop. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the two-week structure for each seminar allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform as well. Participants will gain better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, editing software, and the experience of working with professional actors who bring the scripts to life.

    The seminars are taught by Jon Zimmerman, a full-time screenwriter and USC graduate, as well as Ethan Shafran Moltz, a professional editor and videographer.

    Application Only, due June 1st.

    For your enjoyment, please take a moment to watch these past productions that were created in our filmmaking electives, camps, and workshops.

    The trailer for Writopia: The Haunting was selected for the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival's Downtown Youth Behind the Camera!

    Friday, May 20th at 8:00 PM

    Theaterlab
    357 W. 36th St, New York, NY.

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    The RAPical
    Written by Kayla & Omar
    Directed by Melissa Crespo

    Wet
    Written by Gary Sowder
    Directed by Dan McCoy

    Sphinx
    Written by Hannah Young
    Directed by Melissa Crespo

    Right
    Written by Abigail Drach
    Directed by Katie McHugh

    The Supermarket of Lost
    Written by Cassandra Hsaio
    Directed by Robert Gonyo

    Teen Portfolio Intensives

    Writopia Lab’s Teen Portfolio Intensive workshops (ages 14 and above) challenge teen writers to broaden and deepen their writing by developing a multi-genre body of work. These intensives place an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. Workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills. Students are challenged to set and achieve writing goals: completing two well-developed, polished pieces in different genres throughout the course of their workshop. We place an emphasis on understanding how practice in a variety of writing forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, scripts) enriches and informs every writer. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Workshops are student-centered and author-led. Our students flourish in these multi-genre workshops where they can gain exposure to diverse styles and voices.

    Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—stories. It is a true workshop in which students get to share their writing in a safe and supportive space; students learn how to give and receive insightful feedback.

    We recommend taking at least one Creative Writing Workshop before enrolling in a Teen Portfolio Intensive.

    Creative Writing Workshop

    A creative writing workshop is a 15-hour program that meets as a trimester-long workshop, half-day workshop, or full-day camp. Workshops are age-based and enroll a maximum of six to eight students depending on the program.

    Workshops are fun, engaging, and highly productive. We challenge students to set and achieve writing goals: they are encouraged to complete at least one well-developed, polished piece throughout the course of their workshop. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of young writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Workshops are student-centered and author-led. Students may find themselves drawn to any number of forms and genres, including fiction, personal narrative/memoir, playwriting, and screenwriting. Our students flourish in these multi-genre workshops where they can gain exposure to diverse styles and voices. Instructors help writers harness their ideas with the goal of completing one, polished piece by the end of each trimester or summer session.

    Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—stories. It is a true workshop in which students get to share their writing in a safe and supportive space; students learn how to give and receive insightful feedback.

    Private sessions are also available to receive creative writing instruction.

    Click HERE to see a full list of Writopians' achievements.

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    Filmmaking

    Produce Stories from Script to Screen!

    Writopia Lab’s filmmaking program is driven by the students’ creative vision. It is a writing-focused program elevated by professional grade instruction, software, and equipment. In a fun and productive space, students write, shoot, and edit short films under the guidance of professional filmmakers. The program culminates in a celebratory showcase of excerpts and short films.

    School Year

    Writopia Lab’s filmmaking workshop for 13+ is a fun and intensive program focused on writing, directing, and editing up to three collective film projects. Students will use professional-grade cameras, equipment, and software and cast their own actors from a pool of New York City professionals.

    Summer

    We offer two filmmaking seminars in the summer that give participants the opportunity to take part in a film-school style workshop. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the two-week structure for each seminar allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform as well. Participants will gain better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, editing software, and the experience of working with professional actors who bring the scripts to life.

    For your enjoyment, please take a moment to watch these past productions that were created in our filmmaking electives, camps, and workshops.

    The trailer for Writopia: The Haunting was selected for the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival's Downtown Youth Behind the Camera!

    Creative Writing

    A creative writing workshop is a 15-hour program that meets as a trimester-long workshop, half-day workshop, or full-day camp. Workshops are age-based and enroll a maximum of six to eight students depending on the program.

    Workshops are fun, engaging, and highly productive. We challenge students to set and achieve writing goals: they are encouraged to complete at least one well-developed, polished piece throughout the course of their workshop. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of young writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Workshops are student-centered and author-led. Students may find themselves drawn to any number of forms and genres, including fiction, personal narrative/memoir, playwriting, screenwriting. Our students flourish in these multi-genre workshops where they can gain exposure to diverse styles and voices. Instructors help writers harness their ideas with the goal of completing one, polished piece by the end of each trimester or summer session.

    Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—stories. It is a true workshop in which students get to share their writing in a safe and supportive space; students learn how to give and receive insightful feedback.

    Private sessions are also available to receive creative writing instruction.

    Click HERE to see a full list of Writopians' achievements.

    National Write-In

    National Write-In
    and Write-A-Thon!

    On April 22nd, Writopia Lab will lead two programs: 1) a National Write-In at seven locations across the country and/or 2) a Write-A-Thon, during which writers for writers of all ages across the country help raise funds to bring writing workshops and ongoing literacy support to families in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

    The Write-In

    Write all day, make friends, meet your writing goals.

    Dedicated, passionate writers ages 12 to 18 join together for an all-day writing session in every Writopia region across the country. Participants meet with nationally recognized writers, work with Writopia’s professional writing instructors, and bond with writers from their area. Whether you’re an experienced Writopian or have never heard of us, if you’re excited to spend a day writing, we’re excited to host you!

    The Write-In includes:

    • quiet, uncensored writing spaces,
    • a community of dedicated, passionate writers,
    • Writopia instructors,
    • laptops (though you can bring your own if you would like to),
    • a 20-minute poetry (un)slam,
    • an author visit,
    • pizza and snacks, and
    • an opportunity to help raise funds to support teen writers through the Write-A-Thon (not required).
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    Region specific details coming soon! For questions about this event, please contact us.

    Write-In Locations

    Manhattan Brooklyn New York Metro North Washington, D.C.
    Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Bay Area

    The Write-A-Thon

    Whether you’re writing at one of our locations or writing from home, you can help raise the funds needed to continue bringing our programs to resident kids and teens at domestic violence shelters and Homes for the Homeless family shelters.

    Participants will solicit donations based on the number of words they write during the day, as we work to raise $35,000 for school-year off-site programs and summer scholarships. For example, someone who contributes ten cents per word to a writer who writes 1,000 words, would end up giving $100.

    Please visit the Write-A-Thon page to register, learn about the process, and download a pledge sheet.

    Thank you so much for your support! You can learn more about the work we do at Homes for the Homeless and other programs we run on our outreach page.

    Click here to Register now for the Write-In and/or Write-A-Thon!

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    Instructor
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    Elizabeth (Betsy) Allen is thrilled to join the Writopia staff! She is a native of Defiance,Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University in 1984. She also holds a master’s degree in English (2011) and an MFA in fiction writing (2013) from George Mason University. Somewhere in between those degrees, Allen worked in corporate marketing communications, public relations, and freelance writing and editing. She is the author of several short stories published in various genre anthologies, including Twisted Yarns and Southern Haunts 3, and is currently revising her MFA thesis project (aka, her novel). She also is the co-author of the graphic novel trilogy, The End of Gath. At home in Alexandria, Virginia,Allen lives with her husband and two rarely cooperative, but (fortunately for them) cute dogs. In her spare time, she frets about her two grown children and her grandson.

    Instructor
    Madeline Taylor

    Gina Stevensen is a playwright, performer and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays have been produced in New York City and regionally and include: Book of Esther (semi-finalist: 2016 Princess Grace Award, workshop production: Binghamton's KNOW Theater), The Time Crawlers Save the World (grand prize winner: Manhattan Repertory Theater's one-act competition, space grant recipient: Looking Glass Theater) and Troll Doll's Big Day (36-hour play festival: Urban Stages). Plays in development: Cruel Sister and When You're Young You Know You'll Live Forever at Columbia University. Gina is the artistic director of Park Slope Day Camp's Cirque d'Été summer circus camp, and is the writing coordinator at Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Writers in Performance Workshop. She has traveled three times to southern India to train in Mohiniyattam, a classical Indian dance-drama form. She was the choreographer for Narcissus: An Ancient Roman Pantomime, a new opera that aired on PBS in March of 2016. She received her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch and is an MFA Playwriting candidate at Columbia University.

    W2R Mentor
    Aimee Heath

    Aimée is very excited to join the Writopia team this fall! A proud Houston native, Aimée first came to New York City to pursue a degree in English at St. John’s University. Now, she’s pursuing two degrees: both a BA and an MA in English from St. John’s. Though she spends most of her time analyzing literature, her true love lies in Creative Writing (which just so happens to be her minor). She writes both poetry and fiction, and her work has been featured in Sequoya, her university’s literary arts magazine. Additionally, Aimée runs a blog: The Unauthorized Review of New York Theater and Dining. If it hadn’t been for her many great teachers and mentors encouraging her in her writing along the way, Aimée would certainly not be the writer she is today. Therefore, she wants to pay that kindness forward as a Write to Recognition mentor. Aimée loves to travel, support her Houston sports teams and the St. John’s Red Storm, and play the piano.

    Worldbuilding

    In this workshop, each writer will create an interactive adventure, set in a world that the workshop will develop as a group. Over the course of ten weeks, they will invent a world, create a story, and be introduced to running the adventure for a group. Inspired by tabletop role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Writopia’s Worldbuilding Workshop is designed to give our young writers a place to let their imaginations run wild together.

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    Worldbuilding starts with setting, instead of characters, flipping what our worldbuilders know about creative writing on its head and challenging them to think in new ways. When crafting an interactive adventure, it is important to learn to relinquish control to the player and let them guide the narrative. That also means writing an adventure that can accommodate the unexpected. To that end, worldbuilders will learn how to craft a rich backdrop to their epic storyline, explore the beginnings of interactive game design, and even practice improvisational performance through leading their adventure.

    The workshop will culminate in a 90-minute play session where each worldbuilder will lead a group through their piece of the adventure.

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    Ani Katz was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island. She received her BA in Art from Yale University and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her artist books and photographs have been exhibited at Project Basho, the Islip Art Museum, and the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, and her short stories have been published in Narrative Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, and Hair Trigger. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and museum educator, and she currently tutors middle and high school students in test preparation and academic writing. Ani lives in Brooklyn and is currently revising the thirteenth draft of her first novel. She is thrilled to join the Writopia community.

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    Clynthia is extremely excited to join the Writopia family. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. Clynthia has worked as a performing arts teacher for more than 30 years, teaching students from elementary school to college. The opportunity to mix her experience with youth and her passion for writing with Writopia is a dream come true. Clynthia recently received honorable mention from the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s College Writers Award for her story, Miss Sage’s Anniversary Celebration. Currently, she is working on a collection of short stories for her graduate thesis and running around with her grandchildren when she has a minute away from school.

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    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended our 10th Anniversary, and to all those who offered their support. We could not have asked for a better evening.

    We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we all did! From Taylor Mali’s beautiful words through Renee Elise Goldsberry’s amazing set, we loved every minute of it, and we are all truly honored to have had you there with us.

    This event, though, wasn’t just a celebration, but also a fundraiser--and we surpassed our goals for the evening and raised nearly $500,000!

    Thank you.

    All proceeds from this event help Writopia Lab support and grow our diverse literary community of children and teens of all backgrounds, including low-income, refugee, LGBTQ, homeless, and hospitalized youth and youth involved with the criminal justice system.

    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to so many of you who made this event possible:

    Center View • The Writer's Rock • Elisabeth & Ed Wolfe • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee • Good Morning America • Hotel Tonight • Indian Head Camp • Julie & AJ Jacobs • Cinnamon Snail • Debra Wasserman & Jason Glasser • Maree Johnson-Baruch • NBC's Today Show • Treat House • LionTree • Yummy Eats • Lokal • Corporate Presence • Leslie Odom Jr. • Mile End Catering • Puzzle Catering • Cashmere Sale • Treats to Trust • Joseph Todd Events • Skadden • King Restaurant • Alicart Group • Broadway Plus • City Winery • The Crosswicks Foundation • John French • Rachel Ray • S Curve Records • Storm King • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon • The Flom Foundation • Joseph Todd Events • Taylor Mali

    And an extra special thank you to:

    • All the generous donors for helping Writopia further spread joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing to writers of all backgrounds
    • Jeff Hiller, for hosting
    • Taylor Mali, for his performance
    • Jay Jay French, for orchestrating the auction
    • Renee Elise Goldsberry, for her performance
    • The Board of Directors and Benefit Committee, for helping to organize, and for underwriting the Benefit
    • The Writopia Team, for their incredible hard work bringing everything together

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    Here's to an Award-Winning 2017!

    We are pleased to announce our student, instructor, and organizational accomplishments of the past year. Please let us know if you would like us to add additional news in an upcoming newsletter.
     
     
    Student Awards &
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    Our writers!

    Congratulations to all of our writers for their accomplishments! Thank you to Abby Coleman, Writopia's Submissions Coordinator, for researching opportunities for these writers and guiding them through the submissions process.

    Below are just some of our students' accomplishments this past year. Please email Abby@Writopialab.org if a piece you wrote at Writopia has been published in 2017! We will include it in our fall newsletter.


    Elena Debre (age 17) was named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation merit winner for her short story "Night Lies"
    Stephanie Okun (age 16) had her essay "My Unsolicited Theories of Abuse" published in Teen Ink
    Abraham Weitzman (age 13) had his essay "Simply Speaking" published in Kid Spirit
    Abraham Weitzman (age 13) had his poem "Robinson Meets Vika" published in Teen Ink
    Abraham Weitzman (age 13) had his short story "Cocoa" published in Teen Ink
    Anastatia Bratescu (age 19) had her book of poems "Shattered Residue published" by hPublish
    Charlie Manzano age 11) had her short story "The Land of Ulaqebu" published in 
    H.O.W. Jr.
    Alexandra Berman (age 12) had her short story "Prayers of a Lost Boy" published in H.O.W. Jr.
    GiGi Chen (age 11) had her short story "Grandmother's Woes and War" published in Kids4Kids Most Promising Writer
    Yainie Gallego (age 14) had her poem published in Teen Ink
    Kaia Wootton (age 10) had her poem "Anger" published in Smokelong Quarterly and in 
    Alphabet Soup
    Stina Trollbäck (age 14) had her poem "Elasticity" published in Teen Ink
    Jeeya Ballaney (age 7) had her short story "Mr. MacaroonVoh" published in 
    H.O.W. Jr.
    Isabelle Reinecke (age 10) had her essay published in WorldOceansDay.org.
     
    Writopia Publications
     
    Ellipsis and Parenthetical
    Writopia's Litmags
     
    Writopia added a third publication this year! Our 10th Anniversary Anthology is stunning thanks to all of our Writopia contributors and staff members Abby ColemanSarah Park, and Lyndsay Hall. We also published our third issue of SURGE: The Zone's Teen Art & Literary Magazine, in partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital.

    To request copies 
    for your home or school library, please email Sarahp@writopialab.org. To read student work now, check out the latest issue of our litmags!
     

    Our Staff

    Writopia's staff

    The past year included big leaps forward for Writopia. We began workshops in Chicago and San Francisco, our outreach into underserved communities widened, and we continued to refine our tools for professional development, both internal and external. None of this would be possible without our nationwide team of full-time staff: 

    Travon Anderson, Elsa Bermudez, Hannah Boysko, Peter Cohen, Alexandra Cohl, Abby Coleman, Jocquelyn Downs, Jan Edwards Hemming, Michaela Florio, Tom Flynn, Lyndsay Hall, Mason Henderson, Mikala Jamison, Scott Krier, Milana Meytes, Sarah Park, Rob Roy, Léna Roy, Yael Schick, Ethan Shafran Moltz, Sarah Shatan-Pardo, Danielle Sheeler, Madeline Taylor, Bianca Turetsky, Rebecca Wallace-Segall, Jeremy Wallace-Segall, and Janelle Williams
     
    Janelle Williams

    Janelle WilliamsWe welcomed instructor extraordinaire Janelle Williams to our full-time staff this year. Janelle started teaching with us a year ago and stood out immediately as a gifted, deeply caring instructor. She completed her MFA in January from Manhattanville College, and has since been running workshops on-site at our labs and throughout the city for underserved youth as part of our Joy and Literacy in After School funded by The Pinkerton Foundation.
     
    Bianca Turetsky
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    Bianca TuretskyWe are so proud to announce the emergence of our Park Slope lab this year, and the highly skilled manager of that lab: author Bianca Turetsky! Bianca starting teaching with us a year ago and joined us full-time in the spring as the Brooklyn Regional Coordinator. We are so grateful to have her on board. Check out her book.

    Ethan Shafran Moltz
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    Ethan Shafran MoltzWe are proud of Writopia media associate Ethan Shafran Moltz! This year, Ethan has especially moved us by his vision and dedication to the production of our stunning 2017 Benefit Video that he co-produced with Writopia's Scott Krier and Chelsea Grasso. Ethan also co-produced a Writopia film festival for preschoolers this year with program director Yael Schick and he produced the 2017 Writopia Film Festival for our young and teen filmmakers. Ethan's students have been featured as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. Ethan has inspired us for four years with his energy and know-how, and especially with his passionate investment in the well-being of all of his students. Look out for his upcoming Writopia films: How to Support Your Writer and Welcome to Writopia!
     
    Instructor Awards & Publications

    Michael Alessi's work was published or is forthcoming in Passages NorthThe Minnesota ReviewThe Pinch, and Paper Darts, and he staged readings at Uncharted Books in Chicago and a release event for The Pinch in Memphis
    Chad Anderson's short story, "Maidencane", was awarded the Nimrod International Journal's Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction (1st Place)
    Tricia Aurand's play, NICAEA, was produced as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival
    Cathleen Bell's collaborative novel, Weregirl, was published by Chooseco

    Hannah Boysko's poetry and visuals were published in Femme Mâché
    Jessica Cluess' novel, A Shadow Bright and Burning, was published by Random House
    Alexandra Cohl's short piece, "From Where She Watches", was published in Luna Luna
    Jessica Dall's novel, Book 2 of the Order and Chaos Series: Graven Idols, was published by Red Adept Publishing

    Jocquelyn Downs and Danielle Sheeler had a staged reading of their one-act play, Pay, at Theater Lab
    Amy Dupcak's collection of short stories, Dust, was published by Lucid River Press, and she signed with Janklow & Nesbit for her debut novel
    Janet Edwards Hemming's essay, "Proof," was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books Blog, and she has poems forthcoming in Fail Better and Scalawag
    Lyndsay Hall's essay, "A Saline Solution," was published in Little Fiction | Big Truths, and her essay, "Finding Adam," was published in b(OINK)
    Corey Haydu's fourth YA novel, The Careful Undressing of Love, was published by Penguin, and her second middle grade novel, The Someday Suitcase, comes out from HarperCollins on June 27th
    Gregory Luce's poetry was published in Deaf Poets Society and Pre-Existing Poems, his poetry won the Arlington Moving Words competition for display on ART buses, and he was a featured poet for the DC Poet Project
    Sagit Maier-Schwartz's short piece, "Ingenue", was published in Hollywood Dementia
    Kathleen McCleary wrote a series of cover stories for Parade magazine, and contributed non-fiction work to Houzz.com
    Catya McMullen's play, AGNES, was produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, her musical L.U.B. had an extended run at the People's Improv Theater, and several of her short works were produced at Ensemble Studio Theater
    Sheila McMullin's book of poetry, daughterrarium, was published as the winner of the 2016 CSU Poetry Center First Book Award
    Anna Potter's essay, "The Body in Motion," was published in Phoebe and received a Pushcart Prize nomination
    Dania Ramos' play was performed by Speranza Theatre Company's production of Women Rising: Stories of Hope
    Léna Roy co-authored Becoming Madeleine L'Engle - a Biography, due out in February, 2018 by by FSG
    Alexa Salvato's poem "eulogy for my stomach at its flattest" was published in States of Mind

    Courtney Sheinmel had five books published for emerging and young readers, including Agnes & ClarabelleThe Kindness Club: Chloe on the Bright Side, and the 10th book in her Stella Batts series: Broken Birthday 
    Anisha Sridhar won the Tribeca Film Institute's Prototype Fund Award for her interactive webseries, Rearview Mirror, to begin production this fall
    Gina Stevensen placed in the 2017 international Jewish Playwriting Contest for her play Book of Esther

    Brigit Young's essay, "The Empty Vessel: A Dissection of the Worth of Madness and Its Cure in Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest," was published in Modern Language Studies, and her middle grade novel, A Thousand Words, will be published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan in 2018
    Rebecca Wallace-SegallYael Schick, and Danielle Sheeler had a staged reading of their play, Sadie Fishbein the Musical, at Theater Lab

    For their support of the Scholastic Writing Awards' national medalists in 2017, Anu AmaranRachel BarclayAlexandra CohlMelissa MarinoDonna MieleMichael PielLéna RoyYael Schick, and Danielle Sheeler were recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as outstanding instructors.
     

    Writopia's National Write-In
     
    Writopia's 2017 National Write-In
    Writopia's National Write-In
     
    On April 23rd we held our first annual National Write-In, a six-hour event held at Writopia's labs across the country in Manhattan, Westchester, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. during which hundreds of young writers wrote continuously for the entire day with breaks only to eat pizza, have a speak with a widely published, local author. "It was my favorite day of the year," said Sylvia, age 12.
     
    2017 Scholastic
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    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
     
    Congratulations to all of Writopia Lab’s writers from across the country who submitted work to the 2017 Scholastic Writing Awards. Altogether, Writopians received 331 regional awards. In addition, we congratulate the following Writopians who received National Awards recognition in 2017:

    Estelle Anderson (Gold Medal for Short Story)
    Madison Aubey (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Tamsyn Brann (Gold Medal for Journalism)
    Elizabeth Cui (American Voices Medal for Short Story)
    Jordan Ferdman (Gold Medal for Short Story)
    Beatrice Forman (Gold Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Sam Harris (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Ali Levinson (Silver Medal for Poetry) Kaley Mamo (Gold Medal and Best In Grade Award for Flash Fiction)
    Kaley Mamo (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Lily O'Donnell (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Lindsay Pierce (RBC Flaunt It Award Scholarship for Personal Essay/Memoir)
    Joyana Rosenthal (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Ellie Rostan (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Gary Sowder (Silver Medal for Dramatic Script)
    Anna Strosser (Silver Medal for Poetry)
    Gabrielle Sussman (Gold Medal for Personal Essay/Memoir)
    Lucy Sydel (Gold Medal for Dramatic Script)
    Christina Wang (Gold Medal for Short Story)
    Ibby Weber (Silver Medal for Poetry)
    Christina Weiler (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Christina Weiler (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Juliana Yu (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Juliana Yu (Silver Medal for Critical Essay)
     

    College Essay Successes
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    College essays

    Congratulations to our college essay writers. In 2017, they earned admissions to these schools and many others:
     
    Barnard, Bates, Beloit, Bennington, Binghampton, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Brown, Bucknell, Case Western, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Emerson, Gettysburg, Goucher, Hampshire, Harvard, Hofstra, Kenyon, Lafayette, Lake Forest College, Lehigh, Lewis & Clark, Lipscomb, MIT, Northeastern, NYU, Oberlin, Pittsburgh, Rensselaer, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, School of Visual Arts, Smith, Stanford, SUNY Old Westbury, Tufts, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UConn, UDenver, UMaine, UNC, Union College, UPenn, URI, USC, UVermont, Virginia Tech, Washington U, Wellesley, William & Mary, York College
     

    Bereavement Workshops

    Bereavement workshop in Washington, D.C.
    Bereavement workshop in Washington, D.C.
     
    This past fall, Writopia's Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York Metro North regions conducted grant-funded bereavement workshops at local, underserved high schools. Jan Edwards HemmingLyndsay HallMason HendersonMikala Jamison, and Léna Roy, using guided Writopia prompts and open discussions, helped high school students explore their experiences with grief through fiction, poetry, and personal essays.

    On their closing evaluations, students shared: “I got to express myself in my journal...and learned to talk from the heart. I want to give millions of thanks!!” and another shared, “I want to thank you for giving believing I am capable of achieving great things. We are thrilled to announce that 10 of these writers won Scholastic Awards for their pieces.
     

    VSA Conference

    Jackie Downs and Léna Roy
    Jocquelyn Downs and Léna Roy
     
    Shoutout to the heads of our D.C. and Westchester offices, Jocquelyn Downs and Léna Roy, as they head to Austin, Texas, in August to run a panel at the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference on “Empowerment through writing for the stage: Utilizing theater exercises to engage students with emotional/ behavioral disorders”!
     

    Quito, Ecuador

    Service trip to Quito, Ecuador
    Teen & Alumni Residency & Service Program in Quito, Ecuador
     
    Congratulations to Yael Schick and Danielle Sheeler, Writopia's national program directors, for designing and running our first international program, and to Mason Henderson, D.C. Program Coordinator, for helping them make it such a success! In December, 2016, Writopia traveled to Quito, Ecuador for its Teen & Alumni Residency & Service Program, in partnership with For His Children Orphanage.

    “Writopia was the best program of the year,” says the orphanage director, Jen Schneider, in Quito, Ecuador.
     
    ESPI

    ESPI
    ESPI participants at Writopia
     
    Writopia began a partnership with the Exam Schools Partnership Initiative (ESPI) last summer, spearheaded by Writopia's Program Director, Danielle Sheeler.

    Each summer, we enroll 24 ESPI writers, helping them develop the tools and confidence to succeed in highly selective NYC public high schools. ESPI brings free academic and cultural enrichment to gifted students from low-income elementary and middle schools. It is a multi-year program created to address additional needs of young, gifted students who have the talents to thrive at New York City’s elite public “Exam Schools,” such as Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Hunter College High School.

     

    WritopiaMentors Pass the Baton
     
    WritopiaMentors Workshops in Ithaca, NY
    WritopiaMentors workshops in Ithaca, NY
     
    For the past three years, college students at Ithaca College have provided Writopia programming to underserved teen writers in their local community through the WritopiaMentors program. WritopiaMentors are college students who have completed summer or school year internships at one of our main labs and who wish to obtain further training and support over Skype from Writopia head instructors in order to successfully run free writing workshops to youths in their area.

    We are so happy to report that students of mentors Alexa Salvato and Amanda Livingston, who trained at Writopia's Westchester, NY, labs, were published this year in Writopia's litmags and won Scholastic Awards recognition. Alexa and Amanda are graduating, and we're proud that a new group of Writopia interns, led by the Upper West Side lab's Erika Walsh, will continue their work in Ithaca this fall.
     

    10th Anniversary Gala Benefit

    Writopia's 10th Anniversary Gala Benefit in NYC
    Hamilton's Renée Elise Goldsberry at Writopia's 10th Anniversary Gala
     
    Thank you to Writopia's Board of Directors, especially Kim HartmanDavid Sherman, and Candice Braun, and to all who made our 10th anniversary gala so incredibly special and successful. Because of you, we are able to run high-touch, high-impact programs at schools like Sojourner Truth Public School 149 in Harlem. At Sojourner, Writopia provides support each week for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th graders. A recent New York Times article "Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive" sheds light on the support this and other schools in Harlem need. We are also proud to report that Writopia was able to provide $80,000 in scholarships to 40% of our sleepaway campers this summer, including one writer we have been working with for five years at a Homes for the Homeless shelter.

    Since Rebecca Wallace-Segall founded Writopia as a nonprofit 10 years ago, we haven't turned away one family due to an inability to pay. We're able to provide ongoing support to thousands of low income youths around the country at our labs, in schools, at homeless shelters, in treatment facilities, and in hospitals because of the support of our partner foundations, individual donors, and full-paying families. We raised nearly half a million dollars on April 5, 2017 at our benefit to ensure the continuation of our work with these worthy and wonderful writers. We are looking forward to another decade of fun and meaningful transformative work.

     

    Here's to an Award-Winning 2016!

    We are pleased to announce our student, instructor, and organizational accomplishments of the past year!

    Senior Spotlight!

    Writopia's graduating seniors

    Student Awards & Publications

    Congratulations to our writers for these accomplishments. Thank you to Abby Coleman, Writopia Lab's Submissions Coordinator, for researching opportunities for these writers and guiding them through the submissions process.

    Estelle Anderson (age 11) was awarded Honorable Mention by Stone Soup for her piece "Marker."
    Sadie Antrim (age 13) had her poems "Faded," "New Life," and "Family" published in Teen Ink, and was awarded Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Award for her poem "Faded."
    Malahni Banta (age 18) contributed to Quiet Diaries, as part of Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution.
    Madeleine Berkowitz (age 10) had her short story "The Natives" published in Amazing Kids! Magazine.
    Annie Braun (age 12) had her piece "Frogs" published in Magic Dragon.
    Jack Braun (age 14) had his poem "tongue-tied" published in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2015 National Catalog.
    Susanna Brustin (age 15) had her piece "Finitzo Scores with Documentary 'In the Game'" published in Teen Voices at Women's ENews.
    Rachel Calnek-Sugin (age 19) had her poem "Letter to My Boy-Man" published in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' The Best Teen Writing of 2015.
    Emma Clayton (age 14) was awarded by The Library of Congress 2016 Letters About Literature Contest.
    Isabel Considine Hogben (age 8) was awarded as a Top 10 Runner-Up in the The Legacy Project's Listen to a Life Contest.
    Alex D. (age 18) had his poem “Explanation” published in Teen Ink.
    Elena DeBre (age 16) had her short story "Night Lies" published in The Claremont Review.
    Diego Delmont (age 11) was featured by DNAinfo for his protest speech at the DOE Hundreds Rally.
     
    Diego Delmont delivers his speech

    Madeleine Dreiband (age 15) was a state finalist in the Maryland Letters from Literature competition for her letter to Harper Lee.
    Bret Glasser (age 7) had her piece “The Wind” published in Amazing Kids! Magazine.
    Cali Greenbaum (age 14) had her piece "Reflection" published in Parallel Ink.
    Daisy Gumin (age 18) contributed to Quiet Diaries, as part of Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution.
    Annelie Hyatt (age 12) contributed to Quiet Diaries, as part of Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution.
    Raya Kenney (age 14) was awarded by The Library of Congress 2016 Letters About Literature Contest.
    Juliette Krevat (age 11) was awarded by The Library of Congress 2016 Letters About Literature Contest.
    Lily Krug (age 14) had her poem “Stereotypes” published in The American Library of Poetry's 2016 Eloquence Poetry Collection.
    Sylvie Liss (age 11) was selected for the Skipping Stones Magazine: 2015 Youth Honor Awards.
    Ava Lucarelli (age 10) had her poem "If I Could Fly" published in H.O.W. Jr.
    Kaley Mamo (age 16) contributed to Quiet Diaries, as part of Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution.
    Bryan Martinez (age 19) was awarded First Prize by the Shine the Light in Harlem Poetry Contest for his piece "The Enchantment of the Night's Light."
    Hannah Mayerfield (age 10) had her piece "Rainbow in the Sun" published in Stone Soup.
    Arjun Mazumdar (age 13) was published in Skipping Stones, and his poetry collection Before I Allowed Myself; Sometimes; Small Functions Imagined Too Late was published in H.O.W. Jr.
    Malina Nelson (age 14) had her short story "Paper Cranes" published in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2015 National Catalog, and in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' The Best Teen Writing of 2015.
    Natalie Panitkin (age 11) had her poetry published by The American Library of Poetry.
    Noah Phillips (age 13) had his poem “A Void in My Life” published in Creative Communication: What Is Important To Me Summer 2015.
    Isabelle Pierce (age 16) was awarded 2nd place in The Palace Theatre’s 2016 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Awards for playwrights, for her play The Bedroom.
    Anna Polin (age 11) was selected for the BHUSD Winners of Reflection Contest 2015-16.
    Joe Polsky (age 18) had his poem "The Peach Pit" published in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' The Best Teen Writing of 2015.
    Nicole Porat (age 8) had her piece "The Sea" published in Magic Dragon Magazine.
    Ellie Prusko (age 16) had her fiction piece "Yet Another One" selected for publication in Hypernova Lit.
    Chloe Rees (age 17) had her piece "Teen Plays with Identity Brand by Brand" published in Teen Voices at Women's ENews.
    Lydia Schultz (age 13) had her piece "Evan" published in Teen Ink.
    Marriya Schwarz (age 18) had her essay "From Your Friendly Neighborhood Feminist" published in Teen Voices, and had her essay "Girl Fan to Comic Book Industry: 'Do More' for Women" published in Teen Voices at Women's ENews.
    Manavi Sinha (age 13) had her piece "Landline" published in Teen Ink.
    Awa Soumahoro (age 18) had her thought piece "Too Young To Wed" published in Women's Enews.
    Johnathan Stimpson (age 16) had his essay "Criminally Unjust: A Tale of Two Justice Systems" published in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2015 National Catalog.
    Anna Strosser (age 17) had her poem "Mother" published in Teen Ink online, and it is forthcoming in the print edition of Teen Ink, and was awarded First Place by the Danbury Cultural Commission Poetry Contest for her poem "My Days with You and Crystal Voodoo."
    Stina Trollback (age 15) was awarded the Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize - First Place Winner for Prose Brooklyn Public Library’s 2016 Teen Writing Contest, for her piece "Zeroed Out."
     
    Stina Trollback receives the Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize
     
    Jackie Weymouth (age 15) won the Parkmont Poetry Competition for her poem "The Fallen Man."
    Emma Yang (age 12) contributed to Quiet Diaries, as part of Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution.
    Charley Zinn (age 11) had her poem “What Am I?” published in Creative Kids, and had an excerpt from her fiction piece "Blazing Stones" published in Amazing Kids! Magazine.
    Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter (age 11) had her poem “A Moment” published in Stone Soup, and was awarded in The Best of KidSpirit Online, Vol. IV. for her poem “Pure Love.”
     
     

    Scholastic Awards

    Congratulations to all of Writopia Lab’s writers from across the country who submitted work to the 2016 Scholastic Writing Awards. Altogether, 188 Writopians received 504 regional awards, including four American Voices Nominations.

    In addition, we congratulate the following Writopians who received National Awards recognition for their writing in 2016:
    Hannah Ahn (Gold Medal for Personal Essay/Memoir)
    Claire Annino (Gold Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Jack Braun (Silver Medal for Dramatic Script)
    Daniel Bring (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Emma Choi (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Emma Choi (American Voices Medal for Poetry)
    William Choi (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Amanda Cronin (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Laura Glesby (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Ashton (Unity) Haq (Silver Medal for Poetry)
    Noah Hoyle (National Gold Key & Silver Medal for Novel Writing)
    Colette Juran (Gold Medal for Critical Essay)
    Kaley Mamo (Gold Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Addie Model (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Sophie Nadel (Silver Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Malina Nelson (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Clara Nevins (Silver Medal for Dramatic Script)
    Miyu Nishio (Silver Medal for Digital Art)
    Ellie Prusko (National Gold Key for Novel Writing)
    Hannah Reale (Silver Medal for Poetry)
    Erin Sakar (Gold Medal for Personal Essay/Memoir)
    Aaron Saliman (Gold Medal for Short Story)
    Aaron Saliman (Gold Medal for Flash Fiction)
    Maddie Smyth (Silver Medal for Poetry)
    Abigail Sylvor Greenberg (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Abigail Sylvor Greenberg (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Abigail Sylvor Greenberg (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Annalee Tai (Gold Medal for Poetry)
    Anna Thompson (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Christina Wang (Silver Medal for Short Story)
    Juliana Yu (Gold Medal and Best In Grade for Short Story)
    Callie Zola (Gold Medal for Critical Essay)

     

    Awa Soumahoro, 18, moved to New York City from Ivory Coast in September 2013. She arrived at Dan Kitrosser's Writopia workshop some months later as a French speaker still in the process of learning English. Awa learned to write and speak among her prolific peers and was soon writing stunning poetry and thought pieces. Last year, Awa was invited to join our Write to Recognition scholarship program, funded by the Pinkerton Foundation, which allows Writopia's 50 most dedicated scholarship writers to attend workshops and receive private sessions throughout the entire school year at no cost. Awa's hard work has paid off: she performed her poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, at Barnes & Noble, and at Theaterlab, and had the honor of having her powerful first thought piece, "Too Young To Wed," published in our partner publication, Women's Enews. This fall, Awa will be a freshman at Brandeis University's Myra Kraft Program.

    Kai Williams, 18, joined Writopia in 2009 when she was 11, and has worked with YA author Courtney Sheinmel every Tuesday afternoon since. Kai is a ten-time Scholastic award winner. In 2014, she won Best Dramatic Play at Writopia’s Worldwide Plays Festival. Her work was selected for publication in Pushing Past Limits, a young writers anthology. She is a 2015 National Young Arts Foundation finalist, and was published in the National Arts Foundation’s 2015 anthology. In 2015, a senior editor at Penguin Random House chose Kai as a Writopia “Fiction Fellow,” a program that recognizes our most dedicated, prolific, and talented junior and senior writers. In addition to writing, Kai is passionate about theater. She is the co-founder of th the Eat At The Table Theatre Company (E.A.T.T.), a New York City-based non-profit theater company featuring a cast of all person of color youth. This fall, Kai will be a freshman at Weslayan University.

    Joe Polsky, 18, arrived at Writopia in its founding year, 2007, in search of a writing community. He landed in Rebecca Wallace-Segall’s first workshop for nine-year-olds in the original Writopia space--her studio apartment. Nine years later, Joe is now a leader in the community, having supported young writers as an intern at Writopia throughout high school. Joe’s dedication to his craft has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious 2015 American Voices National Medal for his prodigious poetry. His poem “The Peach Pit” was in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ The Best Teen Writing of 2015 national anthology. This fall, Joe will be a freshman at Pomona College.

    Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors for dedicating your high school years to thinking and writing and innovating. We wish you all many more satisfying years ahead!

    College Essay Successes

    College essays

    In 2016, our college essay writers again earned admissions to top schools. Congratulations to our college essay writers listed here, and to our many others:

    Katie Abbott, TCU
    Charles Allen, Wesleyan
    Cameron Bailey Young, Hampton U
    Ben Browning, Wesleyan
    Ivory Butler, Sarah Lawrence
    Miles Cohen, Oberlin
    John Craig, Marist
    Michael DeFelice, UVA
    Julia DiLauro, Chapman
    Antonio Frato, NYU
    Charis Gee, Azusa Pacific
    David Gee, Cornell
    Hayley Gruenspan, U Chicago
    Jane Herz, Wake Forest U
    Natalie Hwang, Tufts, UMD, Carnegie Mellon, Oberlin
    Aldo Kaczmarkiewicz, Ithaca
    Emilia Kaczmarkiewicz, Boston U
    Roma Kaczmarkiewicz, American U
    Theo Levine, Tufts, Wesleyan, UCLA, Michigan
    David Liston, Berkeley
    Cameron Loadwick, DePaul
    Sophie McNulty, Stanford, Harvard, Yale
    Nico Miller, Northwestern
    Naomi Nesher, SUNY Purchase
    Bella Orbaton, Cornish
    Joe Polsky, Pomona
    Julia Reczek, George Washington
    Jillian Rogers, Stanford (early)
    Ben Rosof, Michigan
    Rachel Saunders, Brandeis
    Awa Soumahoro, Brandeis (full scholarship)
    Amelia Sylvor Greenberg, Maryland Institute College of Art, Bennington, Hampshire, SUNY Purchase, School at the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute
    Annalee Tai, Williams, Brown, Columbia, Vassar
    Christian Taylor, Full Sail
    Mani Tolkow, Savannah College of Art & Design (early)
    Quintessa Valez, Hampshire College
    Luke Wallis, Haverford College
    Jenna Weingarten, UPenn (early)
    Kai Williams, Wesleyan
    Halle Young, Tulane (early)
       

    Writopia Lab Training Institute

    Writopia Lab Training Institute

    Thanks to the Pinkerton Foundation, Writopia launched the Writopia Lab Training Institute in 2016. We have since partnered with many public and private schools and community-based organizations in New York City and Washington D.C. to share our most effective methods with hundreds of classroom teachers and after school education directors.

    Our mission is to give classroom teachers and after-school educators instructional tools to help their students. Because of the Writopia Lab Training Institute, Writopia's 3rd and 4th grade curricula, Creative Writing Instruction Handbook for grades 2 to 12, and other free Writopia resources, are available to educators by application.
     
     
     

    Our Instructors

    Michael Alessi had his short story "Goshen Pass" selected as the winner of the The Pinch's 2016 Literary Award for Fiction, and had his poetry and fiction published in Rust + Moth, Gigantic Sequins, decomP, and The Journal for Compressed Creative Arts.
    Anu Amaran received a 2015 Pushcart Prize nomination in poetry, and has had her poetry and translations published or forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Front Porch Revie, Waxwing, Drunken Boat, and Numero Cinq Magazine.
    Kira Beilis had her third suspense novel, Die Again Tomorrow, published by Kensington Books, and she had three feature articles published by the New York Times and Newsweek.
    Jessica Dall had her YA fantasy novel Raining Embers published by Red Adept Publishing.
    Lyndsay Hall has two poems forthcoming in The Avalon Literary Review, and will be attending the Bread Loaf conference in Sicily this coming September.
    Molly Haas-Hooven wrote the text for Theatre Uzume's dance-play production of Lamia, which ran this spring and will be part of the 2016 International Fringe Festival, and she wrote a play for Tristmas!, a night of plays, songs, funny Christmas-themed things.
    Jerron Herman performed for Heidi Latsky Dance's presentation of ON DISPLAY & Somewhere, showcasing disability in dance.
    Veera Hiranandani sold her new middle-grade novel, The Night Diary, to Penguin's Dial imprint.
    Melanie Howard received a full tuition scholarship to the 44th Santa Barbara Writer's Conference for her winning fiction piece, "Welcome to the Seventies."
    Natalie Lima became a 2016 PEN Emerging Voices fellow.
    Sarah Darer Littman has two new books coming out in 2016: Charmed, I'm Sure (Simon & Schuster), and In Case You Missed It (Scholastic Press), and her novel Backlash was nominated for a
    Children’s Choice Book Award and was included on the International Literacy Association Young Adult Choices 2016 Reading List.
    Kathleen McCleary wrote multiple feature stories for PARADE magazine, including cover stories on Presidential Libraries, the Electoral College, and the upcoming Olympic games; and she was chosen as one of Arlington Magazine's notable authors in their annual "Best of Arlington" issue.
    Jessica McHugh had her novel Nightly Owl, Fatal Raven picked up by horror publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press for publication in 2017, she had the 4th book in her YA series, the Darla Decker Diaries, released in April by Evolved Publishing, and the 5th book will be out in late 2016.
    Kyle Metzger directed Twelfth Night with The Glass Eye Theater Company as part of the Access Theater Association Series.
    Donna Miele and Anu Amaran, through their literary journal River River, hosted a series of Pop-Up Poetry Cafes featuring poets Richard Jackson, Robert Vivian, and Mary Kim Arnold.
    Alexa Salvato had her article "Raising Feminists, One Writing Workshop at a Time" published in Ms. Magazine Blog, had her short fiction "Leaving Eden" published in River River, and had poems published in Chronogram and Stillwater Magazine.
    Michelle Schusterman had her middle-grade series picked up for two books by Disney-Hyperion, the first slated for a fall 2017 release.
    Brian Sonia-Wallace performed in Ad Lit Lab, an experiment in improv and poetry.
    Taylor Sykes had her fiction piece "Nightingale and Swallow" published in Luna Luna Magazine, she has a poem forthcoming in Unrequited: An Anthology of Love Poems About Inanimate Objects, and she was accepted to the MFA program at North Caroline State University.
    Cory Tamler had her essay "Break the Loop" and her fiction "Stillborn" published in The Offing, translated a monologue by Bosnian playwright Tanja Sljivar for The Offing, had a memoir piece published in Extended Play, contributed work to The Civilians theater company's "The Way They Live", and took part in a month-long writing residency aboard an oceanography research vessel circling Palau.
    Jon Zimmerman had articles published in Thrillist and Bevvy, created a three-episode game for Pocket Gems Episode platform, saw his feature script Lean Back voted onto Tracking Board's annual list of best unproduced screenplays, and had his sitcom pilot Passing Through enter development with Level One Entertainment.
     

    2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Ceremony

    For their support of the Scholastic Writing Awards' national medalists in 2016, Anu Amaran, Jessica Cluess, Mason Henderson, Dan Kitrosser, Kathleen McCleary, Jessica McHugh, Léna Roy, Alexa Salvato, Yael Schick, Danielle Sheeler, and Rebecca Wallace-Segall were recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as outstanding instructors.

     

    Worldwide Plays Festival

    Writopia's 2016 Worldwide Plays Festival

    Following the retirement of David Letterman, Writopia Lab’s Off-Broadway Worldwide Plays Festival secured new funding from three individual donors—Kim Hartman, David Sherman, and Steve Greenberg—for its week of plays, films, musicals, and spoken word written by playwrights and poets ages 6 to 18. Due to their generosity, 2016 the Festival prevailed, including plays written in workshops at Writopia’s labs across the country and plays submitted to our competition from playwrights around the world!

    This year, we challenged our playwrights to push the limits of their plays, both thematically and theatrically. The result has been a diverse roster of comedies, tragedies, and everything in between, dealing with issues of race, class, sexuality, gender identity, the education system, and more.
     
     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Please Help Send Two Deserving Writers to Sleepaway Camp

    This would be a life-changing opportunity for these teens from Homes for the Homeless to be included in WriCampia. We hope to extend two full scholarships, and we are trying to raise $4,000 from our community to help with this initiative. Any contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated.

    A Message from Our Staff Community

    Writopia Lab’s full-time and part-time instructors have been working with Homes for the Homeless (H4H) in New York City for four years. We have brought our program to hundreds of kids and teens in the H4H shelters during difficult and transitional times in their young lives. The impact these writers have had on us is beyond measure. We are inspired to help these vulnerable kids and teens celebrate their imaginations and discover and express themselves through reflective writings, poetry, scripts, prose, and art. We are always looking to expand and continue our connections with these young writers.

    We have already selected two teens we met at the Saratoga Family Inn in Queens. They would love to come to WriCampia, the sleepaway camp Writopia runs at the end of August. The teens have been dedicated to writing through Writopia Creative Writing workshops at Saratoga since the summer of 2014. Through the years, we’ve had the pleasure to watch them grow, find their voice, and share their unique perspectives. One of the writers has aged out of programming at Saratoga, and she still travels almost two hours every other week to participate in this year’s workshop as an intern -- inspiring the newer writers with her dedication to her craft. She recently completed a short collection of poems, which will be included in Writopia’s 10th Anniversary Anthology, A Decade of Shared Stories. The other teen writer is included in this publication with a graphic novel. He has been interested in surrealism, citing Salvador Dali as one of his favorite artists, and finding ways to incorporate surrealism in his current graphic noveling project. These young writers are leaders in their workshop, always eager to play Writopia writing games, continue their projects, work on their projects outside of workshop, and encourage other writers to do the same.

    This would be a life-changing opportunity for these teens, and including them in WriCampia would mean the world to us. We are currently raising funds within our broader staff community to sponsor at least one of these writers at camp; we are hoping that donors at our upcoming benefit will match our donations so that both writers can come to camp with us.

    If for any reason these two writers cannot attend camp, the funds will be applied to other teens from H4H or to other deserving financial aid candidates. Thank you for supporting our internal fundraising endeavor so that these two deserving writers may benefit from the transformative nature of a literary sleepaway program!

    Also, everyone who donates will be automatically entered in a raffle to win two tickets to the Broadway show, Significant Other, with a possibility of backstage passes, courtesy of Writopia Board Member Kim Hartman.

    Join us at our gala celebrating 10 years of shared stories, featuring a performance by Leslie Odom, Jr. You will be supporting these voices and ensuring that we can bring our programming to kids and teens across the country for the next decade.

    Disability Empowerment Workshop

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    In Honor of Eliza Malagraph

    Eliza Malagraph's passion for story and social justice came through in every moment her group spent together. In memory of Eliza's love of writing and reading, her family has requested that donations be made to Writopia Lab in her name. Thanks for honoring and remembering this beautiful young writer.

    What does it mean to support Writopia Lab?

    Your donations help us change lives... the lives of exceptional low-income children and teens who yearn to be included and empowered by a creative and intellectual community. And it's not just about creative writing. Your donation ensures that we may help low income, lower literacy teens with their academic essays, their college essays, and with preparing for the SATs.

    Please note: the workshop you are signing up for may be waitlisted, as indicated on the schedule page. You may disregard the prompt for payment at the end of the registration form. You do not have to submit payment until the registration team has confirmed that you are off the waitlist.

    Disability Empowerment Workshop

    Teens ages 12 to 16 with physical disabilities are invited to attend a weeklong, half-day workshop led by Writopia alumnus Chris Williams and Rebecca Wallace-Segall. Participants can choose to write fiction, memoir, spoken word, or opinion pieces that may—but in no way are required to—explore themes surrounding disability. Each writer will leave with one completed piece and have the option to submit work to a variety of publications and platforms. The workshop will culminate in a reading for an audience of friends and family.

    Led by Writopia Alumnus Chris Williams & Rebecca Wallace-Segall

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Creative Portfolio Workshop

    Creative Portfolio places an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. Workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills. Students are challenged to set and achieve writing goals: completing multiple well-developed, polished pieces in different genres throughout the school year. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Participation includes

    • 33 weekly workshop sessions over three school-year trimesters
      • No makeups for weather or absences
    • A one-day Submissions Prep workshop
      • Participants choose one of these
        • Saturday, December 8th at the Hartsdale lab
        • Sunday, December 9th at the Bedford Hills lab
    • Three hours of Portfolio Review one-on-one between the writer and their instructor to be taken at any point during the year
      • For example, we recommend that seniors take advantage of their three sessions in the fall for college essays
      • Others may want to spread their Portfolio Review sessions over the year or focus on meeting particular submissions deadlines

    Creative Portfolio requirements:

    • Internship
      • Participants commit to completing at least one trimester-long internship during the school year
      • Internship provides teens with valuable experience and adds to their college application resume
      • Includes mandatory Internship Training in September
      • Seniors have the option to fulfill High School senior internship placement
  • Participation in Teen Night Spoken Word event at the Nuyorican in the East Village (NYC) in December
    • This spoken word event provides our writers a valuable public speaking opportunity within our supportive community
  • Participation in two local Writopia readings
    • One in December and one in June
  • An eagerness to be challenged!
  • Creative Portfolio places an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. Workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills. Students are challenged to set and achieve writing goals: completing multiple well-developed, polished pieces in different genres throughout the school year. Through our innovative workshop method, we empower students as peer leaders as they gain skills in writing, editing, analysis, and effective communication. The workshops allow a community of teen writers to find each other, connect via their literary passions, and have lots of fun.

    Workshops are student-centered and author-led. Our students flourish in these multi-genre workshops where they can gain exposure to diverse styles and voices. Sessions are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on writing—and completing—stories. It is a true workshop in which students get to share their writing in a safe and supportive space; students learn how to give and receive insightful feedback.

    Creative Portfolio tuition:

    • To pay in one sum for the whole school-year, the fee is $1955 (saving $300 from a $2255 value), and must be paid before we start in September
    • For those who need to make payment in parts, or wish to use our sliding scale, payment can be made at the beginning of each fall, winter, and spring trimester

    Please contact RegisterNYMN@Writopialab.org for questions or to apply for the 2018-2019 Creative Portfolio program.

    You may submit the education partner fee for the Bridging the Gap course below.

    If you have not already registered, please fill out the form here.

    Fee:
    Name (Last, First):
    Start Date:

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

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    Giving thanks booklet

    A Letter From Our Founder

    As the holiday season approaches, I want to thank you once again for your most generous contribution to Writopia Lab and to share with you some updates about the children and teens whose lives you’ve impacted. Your support makes it possible for us to bring our literacy programs to children throughout the nation who are in need of support, enrichment, and empowerment.

    Writopia Lab is an inclusive environment where kids from all backgrounds come together in intentionally diverse groups to share uncensored, original writing with each other. For most of our inner-city youth, WriCampia, our two-week writing retreat, is the only camp they have ever attended.

    While we find tremendous value in these open, complex spaces, we introduced two popular new electives this summer: “Voice, Culture, and Race” and “Plus,” an LGBTQ+ group. Writers referred to these spaces with a sense of reverence, sometimes likening them to home and church. It was deeply moving to witness the transformative power that these additional safe spaces had on our writers as they reunited with the broader camp with voices more defined and confident. As these teen writers shared their work in their workshops, bunks, and camp-wide events, the whole camp benefitted from their newfound articulation of their experience and insight.

    The best part: today, most of these young people are continuing their work at Writopia, either in our Write to Recognition program or at Homes for the Homeless, funded by you and the entire 2017 benefit.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Rebecca Wallace-Segall

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    Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively "the Prize Claim Documents"). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

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    8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant's or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

    If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.

    9. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Writopia Lab, Inc. at 155 West 81st Street, Suite A, New York, NY, 10024. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than February 1st, 2018. For accessing a Winner List online, visit http://www.writopialab.org/sweepstakes. The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.

    10. SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR: Writopia Lab, Inc., 155 West 81st Street, Suite A, New York, NY 10024, sweepstakes@writopialab.org.

    The Mini-Workshop FAQ

    When do the Writopia Mini-Workshop sessions meet?
    Mini-workshops meet on holidays and professional development days when public school classes are not in session. Please view our schedule here.
    I am not available for the three dates listed for the Mini-Workshop. Will you be offering sessions during any other times this year?
    We are happy to take requests for other days and times throughout the year. Please register for the course and indicate your request here.
    What if there's not a Writopia Lab near me?
    Depending on the distance, we may be able to provide services on-site at your school. Alternatively, we may be able to provide online sessions. Please contact ProfessionalDevelopment@writopialab.org to inquire about these options.
    What is the minimum and maximum enrollment amount?
    We need a minimum of three participants to run the Mini-Workshop on-site at our lab and a minimum of five participants to run off-site, in-school workshops. The maximum enrollment is 30 participants.
    What materials do I need to bring?
    You are not required to bring any materials to our workshops. We provide all needed resources throughout the duration of a session. Among these materials are laptops, handwriting materials, and art supplies.
    Who teaches the Writopia Mini Workshop?
    Writopia’s founder and senior instructing staff. Our PD instructors are also the curriculum developers for Writopia PD, and have extensive Writopia experience in partnering with schools for in-school workshops, curriculum development, and after-school programming.
    How can I register and submit payment?
    You can register here and submit payment via credit card here or submit payment via check and send to our Upper West Side lab on 155 W. 81st Street, New York, NY 10024. Please make all checks out to Writopia Lab.
    Do you accept payment from the DOE?
    Yes. Please coordinate with your school administration to obtain a purchase order (P.O.) from the DOE. Our accounting department will work with your school administration and the DOE to coordinate the invoice, P.O., and payment for the course.
    Will I receive P-Credits for this workshop?
    No. The Writopia Mini Workshop options are not applicable for P-credits. They are designed for teachers who have already completed all their necessary P-credits or for any teacher who wishes to continue broadening their breadth of knowledge. If you specifically need P-credits, please look at our DOE Certified Semester-Long course, Bridging the Gap Between Creative and Essay Writing as an alternative option.

    Writing as Witness

    “Part of my responsibility as a witness was to move as largely and as freely as possible to write the story and to get it out.”

    -- James Baldwin
    How can writers surpass the role of spectator and become witnesses to the current narrative? The Writing as Witness workshop challenges writers to use their writing as a tool for change. The workshop will use texts from writers like James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss the racial tensions that writers witness and experience in their own lives. Writers will then develop their own narratives that explore racially charged situations in which they were either a witness or a participant.

    Family Memoir

    Writing Close to Home

    It’s easy to assume that “memoir” means “all about me” and is even narcissistic or vain. However, more often the opposite is true. Memoir can be a tool for connecting to other people and strengthening bonds between friends, strangers, and family members. In Family Memoir, teens and kids all come to workshop together with their parents, guardians, siblings, cousins, or whoever is part of their family. Within family clusters, participants decide upon a shared family experience to write about, each from their own perspective. Then, participants share their memoir pieces with their families and often with the group. The one rule: you cannot say to each other, “that's not how it happened!” Sharing stories allows participants to see the same event through someone else’s perspective -- the result can be thoughtful, hilarious, emotional, sweet, or some combination, but it is always enlightening for every family member who comes to strengthen the complex bond that ties families together.

    Love Letters Anthologies

    Volume I: African Diaspora/Continent Anthology

    We're excited to announce a free workshop (for all ages) and a new anthology series we will be publishing called: Love Letters. This series seeks to amplify our writers’ distinct voices, offering authentic narratives in response to divisive political commentary.

    Many children and adults in our community expressed hurt recently when African countries, Haiti, and peoples of the African diaspora were moved into the center of American public discourse. Thankfully, our writers have personal insight that can help shift this conversation into a more positive and meaningful direction.

    Families who are native to, or feel deeply connected to these nations or who are part of the diaspora at large: Please join our free, two-hour-long family memoir workshop, and/or submit your writings for publication. Pieces will include tributes to loved ones (especially mothers, fathers, guardians), poems about favorite places, memoirs and fictional pieces that capture life in these lands, and essays. (Pieces must be no longer than 2000 words. There is no minimum length.)

    At Writopia, we strive to provide a supportive community to our writers because we value their written words and ideas. With so much negativity directed toward African countries, Haiti, and the African diaspora at large, we want to create an intersectional platform that gives our writers from those countries the space to heal and exist. We hope through this anthology our writers are able to have a voice and can say, “I matter, I am visible therefore my voice deserves to be heard.”

    Awa Soumahoro, Co-Editor of Love Letters Volume I

    Writopia Lab and Your Community Based Organization

    Writopia Lab partners with community-based organizations, working closely with their teams to meet the individual needs of the organizations and the youth they serve.

    We serve students, ages 6-18, at CBO sites’ after school programs and summer programs.

    Please contact us so we may learn about your needs, answer all of your questions, and plan a program together!

    Modules:

    • One-day sessions
    • Week-long sessions
    • Semester-long residencies
    • Year residencies
    • Multi-year residencies
    • and many more, please inquire

    Sample programs:

    • Creative Writing
    • Playwriting
    • Memoir
    • Essay Writing
    • Social Justice Writing
    • Bereavement Writing
    • and many more, please inquire

    Writopia Lab is currently working with CBOs across New York City, New York Metro North, and the greater DC Metro, Chicago, The SF Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

    Programs

    Writopians!

    Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers and thinkers.

    We are committed to cultivating a safe and intellectual space for student-focused, joy-inducing instruction in creative writing and more.

    Our age-based workshops give young writers the opportunity to work on their own pieces alongside four to six peers. All workshops are guided by a published author or produced playwright who are thoroughly versed in Writopia's student-centric methodology.

    Our Programs

    Creative Writing
    Creative Writing
    Language Play
    Language Play
    Private Sessions
    Private Sessions
    Playwriting
    Playwriting

    Filmmaking
    Worldwide Plays Festival
    Play Festival
    Essay Writing
    Essay Writing
    Test Prep for All
    Test Prep for All

    College Essay

    Photojournalism

    Worldbuilding

    Graphic Novel

    Full-Day Camp

    Sleepaway

    Programs

    Writopians!

    Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers and thinkers.

    We are committed to cultivating a safe and intellectual space for student-focused, joy-inducing instruction in creative writing and more.

    Our age-based workshops give young writers the opportunity to work on their own pieces alongside four to six peers. All workshops are guided by a published author or produced playwright who are thoroughly versed in Writopia's student-centric methodology.

    Our Programs

    Creative Writing
    Creative Writing
    Language Play
    Language Play
    Private Sessions
    Private Sessions
    Playwriting
    Playwriting

    Filmmaking
    Worldwide Plays Festival
    Play Festival
    Essay Writing
    Essay Writing
    Test Prep for All
    Test Prep for All

    College Essay

    Photojournalism

    Worldbuilding

    Graphic Novel

    Full-Day Camp

    Sleepaway

    Programs

    Writopians!

    Writopia Lab is a national community of young writers and thinkers.

    We are committed to cultivating a safe and intellectual space for student-focused, joy-inducing instruction in creative writing and more.

    Our age-based workshops give young writers the opportunity to work on their own pieces alongside four to six peers. All workshops are guided by a published author or produced playwright who are thoroughly versed in Writopia's student-centric methodology.

    Our Programs

    Creative Writing
    Creative Writing
    Language Play
    Language Play
    Private Sessions
    Private Sessions
    Playwriting
    Playwriting

    Filmmaking
    Worldwide Plays Festival
    Play Festival
    Essay Writing
    Essay Writing
    Test Prep for All
    Test Prep for All

    College Essay

    Photojournalism

    Worldbuilding

    Graphic Novel

    Full-Day Camp

    Sleepaway

    Congratulations on your 2018 Scholastic Writing Award!

    Writopia Lab in partnership with
    The Scholastic Writing Awards
    Invites you and your family to celebrate!

    We are hosting two events, one in the East Bay and one in the South Bay.

    With questions about these events, email RegisterBayArea@writopialab.org

    South Bay

    Where: Books Inc.
    74 Town & Country Village,
    Palo Alto, CA 94301 (map)

    When: Saturday, March 24th
    from 3:00 to 5:00pm

    What: a reading of your work to be followed by light refreshments

    Please choose a one minute excerpt from your winning piece to share.

    RSVP here by March 1st, 2018.

    East Bay

    Where: East Bay Book Sellers
    5433 College Ave,
    Oakland, CA 94618 (map)

    When: Sunday, March 25th
    from 3:00 to 5:00pm

    What: a reading of your work to be followed by light refreshments

    Please choose a one minute excerpt from your winning piece to share.

    RSVP here by March 1st, 2018.

    Purchase Tickets for the Upper West Music Fest 2018!

    When
    Saturday, May 19th, 2018 6PM to 9PM
    Where
    The Loft (150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024)
    Details

    The Upper West Music Fest is an opportunity for musicians between the ages of 15 to 18 to showcase their best, original songs. The Fest welcomes rock bands, rappers, and solo acts alike to perform five- to fifteen-minute sets of original material. Not part of Writopia? No worries, the UpperWest Music Fest is open to all to perform.

    Writopia supports performers to challenge their audience with provocative, thought provoking subject matter but does not support hate speech which we define as making statements by which a group is threatened, insulted or degraded due to race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, faith, sexual orientation, disability, body type, sex or gender.

     

    Tickets are on sale now!

    Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.

    Fee:
    Name (Last, First):
     

    Featuring:

    Arjun Mazumdar
    Jaidan Robinson
    The Songbirds
    Yesterday's Swing
    Dr. Tzar
    Mieke Shuman
    ...And More!

    Click below for a printable event flyer!

     

    Register to Participate in the Write-A-Thon!

    On April 22nd, 2018, Writopia Lab will run our first-ever Write-A-Thon, during which writers of all ages across the country help raise funds to bring writing workshops and ongoing literacy support to families in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

    Prize

    The writer who raises the most money will win a Writopia Lab-branded chromebook! We love these computers, using them in our labs across the country. You’ll get your very own chromebook shipped to your home for your writing pleasure!

    Register to Participate

    To make sure we can track our donations, we ask all participating writers to register here. There is no financial commitment on your part, but we do need your contact information!

    Pledge Forms

    Friends and family can make their pledge online, using the form form below, or on paper. For pledges on paper, please print the PDF of our pledge form and have donors complete the information on that form (each donor will have to enter their information twice). Once you have collected their information, please take a picture of the form and email it to writeathon@writopialab.org. We will also have these forms available at our Labs across the country.

    For online pledges, please ask people to go to writopialab.org/writepledge.

    When speaking or emailing with sponsors, you can use the chart below to show them how much they might end up donating, based on how much you expect to write.

     $/word
    Words$0.01$0.03$0.05$0.10$0.25
    100 $1 $3 $5 $10 $25
    500 $5 $15 $25 $50 $125
    1,000 $10 $30 $50 $100 $250
    5,000 $50 $150 $250 $500 $1,250
    10,000 $100 $300 $500 $1,000 $2,500
    20,000 $200 $600 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000
       

    THANK YOU!

    Pledge to Support a Write-A-Thon Writer

    On April 22nd, 2018, Writopia Lab will run our first-ever Write-A-Thon, during which writers for writers of all ages across the country help raise funds to bring writing workshops and ongoing literacy support to families in homeless and domestic violence shelters.

    Prize

    Your donation will help a young writer win a new computer! The writer who raises the most money will win a Writopia Lab-branded chromebook. We love these computers, using them in our labs across the country.

    Pledge Amounts

    You can use the table below to calculate an amount you would like to pledge per word. If you would prefer, you can always enter an amount to donate in total, rather than pledging a per-word rate.

     $/word
    Words$0.01$0.03$0.05$0.10$0.25
    100 $1 $3 $5 $10 $25
    500 $5 $15 $25 $50 $125
    1,000 $10 $30 $50 $100 $250
    5,000 $50 $150 $250 $500 $1,250
    10,000 $100 $300 $500 $1,000 $2,500
    20,000 $200 $600 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000

    Pledge Fulfillment

    We will email you an invoice once we calculate the value of your pledge, based on your pledge rate and the number of words your sponsored writer produced as a part of the Write-A-Thon. If you have any questions, please email at writeathon@writopialab.org.

    Writopia Lab and Your Camp

    Writopia Lab partners with sleepaway and day camps, working closely with the camp team to design the right program for each camp.

    We work with campers ages 9-18.

    Please contact us so we may learn about your needs, answer all of your questions, and plan a program at your camp together!

    Modules:

    • One-day visits
    • Week-long visits
    • Two-week-long visits

    Sample programs:

    • Creative Writing
    • Playwriting
    • Memoir

    Worldwide Plays Festival Reading Series
    Manhattan

    Location:
    486 Amsterdam Avenue
    New York, NY 10024

    Sunday, May 6th 2018

    10:00 AM

    The Incredible Multicolored Crayon
    Written by Wrenn Thomas

    Melting Eyeballs
    Written by Maxanne Wallace-Segall

    Saving School
    Written by Leila Sharper

    11:00 AM

    What Lisa Told Harry
    Written by Micaela Ramos

    A Comedy of Competition
    Written by Orlin Dyankov

    Sleepover
    Written by Sadie Walsh

    Shattering Glass
    Written by Allegra Lief and Addison Fienman

    2:00 PM

    Crazy Things Happen!
    Written by Noah Um

    Not Just Cuz
    Written by Dalia Mullens

    Pranks
    Written by Cade Rutkoske

    We're The Ushers, Remember? (AKA Love in the Auditorium)
    Written by Madeleine Ford

    A Tale of Two Arguing Teachers
    Written by Sameer Gupta

    3:30 PM

    The Crazy Candy Audition
    Written by Alexandra Wyman

    Speech Class, A Satire
    Written by Mark Wong

    The Test
    Written by Yana Serjantov

    Textbook Mannerism
    Written by Maya Arden

    An Early Education
    Written by Sierra Blanco

    5:00 PM

    Paul's Second Coming
    Written by Jesse Dickerson

    Drunk on the Job
    Written by Kaelyn Ha

    7 Years Laters
    Written by Amelia Calo

    Microwavable Mysteries
    Written by Camryn Brescia

    The Substitute
    Written by Matilde Winter and Isabela Sanchez

    Tuesday, May 8th 2018

    5:30 PM

    The 'Cane of '38
    Written by Samson Furst, Sammy Bialkin, and Judah Fine

    Odell Can Only Catch With One Hand
    Written by Nathan Merrin

    Time Traveling Bullies
    Written by Nate Weiss

    Science Experiment
    Written by Beni Lederman and Sammy Bialkin

    Worldwide Plays Festival Reading Series
    New York Metro North

    Location:
    44 Edgemont Road
    Katonah, NY 10536

    Saturday, May 19th 2018

    5:00 PM

    The Stupid Pidgeon
    Written by Ascher Oppenheim and Yuskue Ho

    When Powers Take Over
    Written by Stella Mueller and Sofia Fuertes

    The Play Dratling #2
    Written by Emily Wang and Alyson Andrade

    Sing and Dance Dream
    Written by Leondro Andrade

    Funny Face
    Written by Madison Watson

    Real Llama and Harley Davidson
    Written by Caterina Stocia

    6:00 PM

    What Happens after Death
    Written by Joanna Howson

    Detention 108
    Written by Isabella Ferrajina

    Unlikely Siblings
    Written by Samantha Donnelly

    Benched
    Written by Samuel Harris

    A Room for Hope
    Written by Sophia Soloway

    The Trials of Mr Greeley
    Written by Theo Friedman

    The Key to the Gym
    Written by Evan Hunt

    Get Me Out of Here
    Written by Emma Ramirez

    NYC Filmmaking Production Seminar Tution

    Fee
    Location
    Date
    Student Name

    One-Day Full-Day Workshop

    This button is only for special workshops described in our schedules or workshops arranged with our registration team. Do not use this button to pro-rate full trimesters or week-long programs unless formal arrangements have been made with our team. Unauthorized payments using this button will be returned.

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    Student Name:
    Start Date:

    Lena’s Birthday Wish: Deeper Impact

    Photo of Lena and Rob

    Short Summary
    I’m turning fifty this summer! And you all know how passionate I am about Writopia Lab and our mission to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children of all backgrounds through creative writing. We are doing tremendous work, but I want to reach more children! We have a huge immigrant population in Westchester County, and I want our Spanish speaking friends to feel the thrill of communicating effectively though the most powerful unifier of all: STORY.

    I am asking you to donate to Writopia Lab so that we can partner with Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco, whose mission is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. We are proposing two programs with them:

    1. Summerlinks: A week-long 90 minute per day Fiction and Fun program for fourteen 4th and 5th graders ($1,500)

    2. Pipeline: An after-school program for teens who are at risk for not graduating from high school. We would bring Writopia Lab’s Spoken Word program to them this fall ($1,500)

    The first $3,000 will go towards our work with Neighbors Link. Anything over that will go towards Scholarships to WriCampia, our two-week sleepaway camp. (Need-based, $3,550)

    Teen Writers Summit Fees

    Full Booth

    Includes one full table, a listing in the conference program if purchased by October 1, 2018, a listing in the fair’s email blast that reaches 35,000 recipients, two social media plugs, one complimentary tote bag.

    Price:
    Individual/Institution Name:

    Table Space Package 1 (Authors Only)

    Includes half a table, a listing in the conference program if purchased by October 1, 2018, a listing in the fair’s email blast that reaches 35,000 recipients, one social media plug, one complimentary tote bag.

    Price:
    Individual/Institution Name:

    Table Space Package 2 (Authors Only)

    Includes half a table, a listing in the conference program if purchased by October 1, 2018, one social media plug.

    Price:
    Individual/Institution Name:

    Writopia's Youth Essay Conference: A Celebration of Ideas Across Disciplines

    For information about the 2019 Conference, please email Essays@writopialab.org!

    Writopia’s Winter 2018 Youth Essay Conference: A Celebration of Ideas Across Disciplines was hosted by the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University. The event was held at NYU’s Silver Center for the Arts and Sciences on February, 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

    At this conference, the next generation of thinkers, writers, and leaders shared the ideas and research that they are most passionate about with a panel of their peers and the community at large. The panels formed organically from a pool of critical essays we received from writers ages 12-18 from all over the New York Tri-State area, which highlighted the concerns and commentary of the next generation.

    *Submissions and conference for Winter 2019 TBA

    Panels included:
    The Feminist Critical Lens
    America Revisited
    Psychology and Ethics
    Race and Media
    Technology and Society

    Panels and Participants

    The Feminist Critical Lens

    Energy, Empowerment, & Entrepreneurship: Female Figures in American Literature
    by Sofia Caruso

    Dinah’s Voice Must Always Be Heard; A Speech Examining Vayishlach (Genesis 34) Through A Feminist Lens
    by Galaxy Scheuer

    The Benefit of Female Education on the World
    by Maleeha Rahman

    Frankenstein, Not Gloria Steinem
    by Ariana Reichler

    America Revisited

    Change and Continuity in Apocalyptic Thought
    by Ella Berg

    The Vietnam War
    by Allie Smithie

    Columbus Day: The Genocide of Thousands Day
    by Heidi Forbes

    Why the United States Constitution Established a Just Government
    by Mackenzi Berner

    Psychology and Ethics

    The Dilemma of a Debater's Moral Integrity
    by Talin Schell

    Romeo and Juliet Revisited
    by Alice Goyer

    Good Night, Bad Night: The Black Night in Macbeth
    by Dexter Pakula

    A Mindful Macbeth: How "Hand" is used in Macbeth to represent a Relationship Between Mind and Body
    by Delilah Shapiro

    The Influence of the Rise of the Trump Administration on the NCAM Subculture
    by Sierra Blanco

    Race and Media

    The Murder of Mary Phagan: Race and Class Tensions in Atlanta in 1913
    by Eve Cohen

    Whitewashing: Bringing Color to the Screen
    by Jared Klegar

    To Be Free
    by Arjun Mazumdar

    The Dangers of Stereotyping by the Media
    by Mayeesa Rahman

    Technology and Society

    Schoolwork Aiding Websites: Innocent Aid, or Devious Cheating?
    by Benjamin Samuels

    Work of Tomorrow
    by Noah Phillips

    You Could Be Next
    by Jasmine Berger

    Full-Day Camps

    Full-day camps run on select weeks during summer and school-year breaks. Also, see our Half-Day schedule here.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Creative Portfolio Workshop

    These workshops meet one day a week for eleven 90-minute sessions each trimester throughout the school-year, plus a one-day Submissions Prep workshop in December, and three hours of private session Portfolio Review over the school-year.

    Tuition:
    Workshop Location:
    Student Name:

    Historical Fantasy

    In partnership with New York Historical Society’s "Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit, Writopia Lab is offering Historical Fantasy workshops for kids and teens this fall!

    For writers ages 8-10 and 11-13: One-Day Weekend Workshops

    Young writers are invited to take part in a special weekend workshops at the New York Historical Society. Writers will tour the exhibit to learn about the sources that inspired J.K Rowling’s magical world. They will then work closely with Writopia Lab instructors to develop their own original historical fantasy fiction. Find out more and register at the New York Historical Society.

    Learn more at the NYHS site.

    To register, please visit our half-day schedule page here.

    For writers 14+ Application-Only Teen Semester-long Workshops

    High school aged writers who are interested in delving deeper into historical fantasy and speculative fiction are invited to apply to this semster-long, in-depth exploration of fantasy fiction. Incorporating several visits to the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit at the NYHS, writers will spend the semester discussing how to use historical sources and folklore as a springboard for their own own original fantasy fiction.

    Click below to view the schedule and apply.

    We are unable to offer make-up sessions for times when your writer is unable to attend workshop. We keep our workshops small and we work diligently to avoid disruptions to these groups.

     

    Full-Day Workshop (Four Day)

    This button is only for special workshops described in our schedules or workshops arranged with our registration team. Do not use this button to pro-rate full trimesters or week-long programs unless formal arrangements have been made with our team. Unauthorized payments using this button will be returned.

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    Horseback-writing

    In the morning, writers will travel to Silver Rock Farm for a horseback riding lesson and animal care adventures in Pearl River, NY. They will eat lunch at the farm, then return to Writopia’s Upper West Side lab for a writing workshop.

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