Cape Cod Writers Center

Young Writers Workshop

The CCWC is proud to present Young Writers Workshop, now in its third decade, which has helped many of our talented local youth improve their writing and work towards publication.

For the past several years, the CCWC has been hosting the Young Writers Workshop, a creative writing program during the February President’s Week vacation for students grades 7-12 from the schools of Cape Cod and southern New England.

The 2019 workshop takes place February 19-23 at the Sturgis Public Library, Main Street, Barnstable, MA. Details are listed on the front page of this site.

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During our five morning sessions, students have a chance to receive individual help and advice from published authors and form friendships with other writers from area schools.

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 School vacation is a time when most students enjoy taking time off from studies and have fun — unless you happen to be a writer who wants instruction and the opportunity to meet other young writers. 

In 2018  eight talented writers from Cape Cod turned up at the Osterville Public Library the mornings of February 19-23 for the program. 

There they received free literary instruction from author- teachers Jeffrey Carter and K. R. Conway.

They weren’t disappointed. Over the course of our five morning sessions, the students  learned about plot structure, setting, dialogue character descriptions and how to integrate them into their stories. In a final wrap-up session, the teens created presentation boards which displayed their characters, setting and plots.



Here’s what the teens said about the 2018 program in their exit surveys: 

“It helped me learn how to writer certain parts of the book and it was really fun.”

“I enjoying having a more personal hands-on type experience. It’s been a great boon to my writing.”

“I enjoyed the program immensely. It inspired and energized me as a writer.”

” I liked meeting other writers my age and talking about our stories.”

“It  was great to come and talk and learn about writing.”

” I learned important skills to improve my writing.”

” I could meet and share ideas with teens my age with similar interests.”

“It really helped me learn how to write certain parts of a book and it was really fun.”