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Young Writers Workshop

Applications are closed for the YWW 2024 Summer. We are still taking applications for our virtual programs. See below for details.

Harmonic Convergence

Our mission is to create opportunities for teen writers to:

  • Create, think, experiment, and play with language
  • Learn ways to engage with thinking & writing that promote resiliency, purpose, and fun
  • See themselves as part of a larger writing & reading tradition
  • Better understand themselves as writers and their writing process
  • See themselves as the authority of their own work
  • Connect with like-minded writers

We offer the following programs:

Young Writers Workshop

Our flagship three-week multi-genre writing program in the beautiful Berkshires.

Every summer, a group of curious, talented, and engaged young writers live and write together.

If you join us, you’ll write more than you ever expected and in many genres — fiction, plays, poems, essays, memoir — while receiving supportive, positive feedback from peers and your workshop leader. After each day’s workshop, there are hikes, plays, blueberry picking and museums to enjoy.

Virtual Young Writers Workshop

We offer a number of shorter, virtual workshop experiences.

Single-Genre Workshops: Short Fiction, Script-writing, Memoir, and Poetry

Spend time working on in the company of other young writers. Learn writing practices that help you write more and more easily.

Writing the College Application Essay

Have you been dragging your feet to write your Common App essay? Do you just need a bit of motivation and help? This virtual workshop will help you start, revise, and work through writing your college essay — without frustration. Workshop leaders and fellow participants will provide feedback.

Writing for College

Nervous about what it means to write an essay in college? Perhaps you’ve taken a gap year and have forgotten what it means to write an essay? This virtual workshop teaches you to assess your assignments, break down the process of writing, and tackle the work effectively.

Virtual YWW Multi-Genre

Wish you could attend our in-person three-week program but simply can’t? Join this virtual workshop for five days of playful, thoughtful and creative exploration of language. Find a community of like-minded young writers and write more, and in many genres, than you thought possible in five days.