Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop

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Messiah College's annual Young Writers Workshop will be held on July 8 through July 12, 2018.  Please like our Facebook Page for updates as we go through the year.  If you do have any questions, please email us at

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 2018.

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.


Class of 2017 Testimonials

The Young Writers Workshop allowed me to learn more about writing and myself. I gained a taste of the college experience which was very important for me. I also made friendships that will last a life time.

This workshop broadened my knowledge of how I view literature. The experience from this workshop helped me to further my exploration in writing. I became passionate about my work, and I have a whole new perspective of how I write and read. I was surrounded by people who had the same ambitions as me, and made great friends. This experience was life-changing!

After my third year of attending Messiah's Young Writers' Workshop, I have yet again gained excellent fellowship with peers, RAs, and professors, and left a better writer after only four days, though I wish it were longer! The open small college humanities classroom experience is exactly the type of atmosphere I was looking for.

The Messiah Young Writers' Workshop introduced me to some of my closest friends, who encourage me to work hard and become a better writer. With their help, along with the lessons I learned at the camp itself, I have grown to be a more productive writer and critical thinker!

The Messiah College Young Writer's Workshop has helped me grow as a writer three years in a row, from the summer before my freshman year to this past year. Each year I make amazing friends and further develop a community of people I can go to with my works, and I develop my own writing skills more in the week I spend at the workshop than the months I spend in school.

I've never grown closer to a group of people in four days than I have with the writers at camp. There's something special about the community. You instantly feel like you're family. The feedback you will receive from peers and teachers about your writing is priceless. There's no better place to grow as a writer than at this workshop

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."