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In Class




The Mission of the Young Writers Workshop at Messiah College:

  • To enable students to become better writers in a safe and positive learning environment
  • To develop a community of writers that is established during the week and endures beyond the week.
  • To give students a foretaste of college experience and college level thinking and writing.
  • To introduce students to Messiah College in a way that will encourage them to think about Messiah as a future academic home.
  • To encourage students to understand the value of the humanities.


Young Writers Workshop

What You Will Learn


In Class Track Learning Outcomes


  • Students will read and extensively discuss works of short fiction and poetry by Dickinson, Whitman, Chekov, and Dostoevsky and others.
  • Students will learn to write original works of short fiction and poetry.
  • Students will learn to read and respond to each other’s work effectively.
  • Students will learn how to revise their work in response to their peers.
  • Students will produce a portfolio of their own work and present a reading.

"Messiah's Young Writers Workshop was an experience I will never forget.  The teachers and and professors were phenomenal, as well as incredibly approachable; I gained so much knowledge about one of my passions in a matter of four days.  I was pushed to experiment with my writing, and I came away with so many new pieces.  I was already considering Messiah as a potential school to attend, and now, after exploring the campus and getting a firsthand taste of college life, I am even more convinced that Messiah is a school for me."            

2015 Young Writers Workshop Graduate


Out of Class Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to live together in a supportive academic community.
  • Students will learn more about what it is like to live and work in a college environment.
  • Students will learn about the mission and values of Messiah College.
  • Students will learn about the literary and cultural life of the Harrisburg Area.
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