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Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop

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We are still open for registration and there are scholarships still available.

Messiah College’s annual Young Writers Workshop will be held on Sunday, July 16 to the 20, 2017.  This is a summer writing program with residential and commuter options held on the scenic, suburban campus of Messiah College, located just 12 miles from Harrisburg, PA.  Registration is open to students entering 9th - 12th grade in the Fall 2017.

Through this enriching, summer writing camp environment our students improved their skills as writers and make great friends with people that share their same passion.

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Class of 2016 Testimonials

"I really love Messiah's workshop!  I will be attending my third year of it this summer.  It definitely helps me to grow as a writer and is a ton of fun!  I developed lasting friendships as well.  Thank you to everyone who makes it possible!" 

"It was a wonderful experience, I grew as a writer and I made a lot of friends.  I recommend this for anyone who wants to grow as a person and a writer". 

"I love my instructor!  He made the experience quite incredible!" 

"The Young Writers Workshop helped me become confident in my writing and sharing it with other people.  I'm grateful that I was able to attend, and I highly recommend the workshop to anyone who loves to learn and write!" 

"I love it there!  It makes me feel like I've found my place in this world, like I found myself.  The teachers there help me with my writing and my self importance.  Also the friends that I have made there are definitely live-long friends!"

Class of 2015 Testimonials

"The workshop was a great experience that opened me up to more types of creative writing other than prose.  It also helped me develop better skills in writing, along with sharing my work with others."

"Messiah's Young Writer's Workshop is a great place to meet other teen with the same hobby as you and develop your creative writing skills"

"This workshop allowed me to stretch the boundaries of my comfort zone.  I was used to writing poetry one way, but the creative writing workshop helped me to learn different styles and techniques."

"There wasn't a single time throughout the camp that I wasn't smiling. I not only improved in my writing by the end of the week, but I also made so many new friends who are serious about it,too. I can't wait to go back next year."

"I think that Young Writer's Workshop would be a wonderful opportunity for kids who want to grow and develop as writers! The camp gives the students ways to improve on their writing from brilliant instructors and it helps create a great community of writer's. It was an experience that I will never forget!"

"I grew a lot in this workshop, both in my writing, and understanding of literature. I don't think I've ever experienced a community as welcoming as this one."

"This camp was a great experience for me. I met lots of people with the same interests as me, and I learned and grew from the classroom experiences. I brought two unfinished stories with me; one that I hadn't worked on in months, the other in years. I wrote two more pages in the first story and finished the second. The environment was very conducive to writing, but there was still enough time for severe fun and bonding. I look forward to returning."

"I've been an avid poet for about three or four years now. Maybe even five, but that's beside the point. I'm a generally happy person, but my writing always seems to contrast this through its darkness and depth. I could never write a casual or upbeat poem until I attended Messiah's Young Writers Workshop. I also learned how to tell my fellow poets what I thought about their pieces without feeling like I was mean, and trust me, I've struggled with that for a long time. This program is perfect for teens who want to write in a place where everyone loves to write."