KHS/KMS Young Writers Workshop at JCU

The John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop, a week-long summer workshop/camp experience on the campus of JCU, is now entering its seventh year, and we’re hoping you can share this opportunity for rigorous and inspiring creative writing instruction to your students!

In the JCU YWW, students grades 8-12 participate in an immersive writing experience that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Studying with acclaimed professors–poet Dr. Philip Metres, poet Danny Caine, M.F.A, and fiction writer Lydia Munnell, M.F.A–students read and engage in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of the craft of literary writing. They will write a number of new pieces, one of which will be chosen for inclusion in our annual anthology. The last day of camp features a reception and reading by the Young Writers.

The application deadline for the workshop is Thursday, June 1, 2017. This year’s workshop takes place July 17-21, 2017. Students are welcome to look up the Young Writers Workshop Facebook page and message with any questions:

Here’s what Young Writers have said about the program:

  • “The workshop was so much fun. I learned a lot while also having a good time. I’d recommend it for anyone.”

  • “If you’re a writer, you owe this to yourself–take the class and thank me later.”

  • “I learned to let myself shine through.”

  • “It helps inspire writing and gives the opportunity to find some cool, funky friends.”

  • “It makes our dreams of writing seem more possible and tangible.”

  • “The talented writers and professors really helped me take a deeper look at my writing. It was really chill, and I loved that we just wrote…it was just about the work, just the writing. I loved it!  I’m definitely doing it again!”

A parent wrote: “ The lessons that she learned have contributed to helping her express herself in a positive light and expand her social skills. This is a workshop that could have been expanded to encompass two weeks and still retain the enthusiasm of the attendees.”

Let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about the workshop. Check out the website at, or feel free to email me Ellie Rafoth, coordinator at; Anna Hocevar, coordinator at; or contact Program Director Dr. Philip Metres at or (216)-556-1101.

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