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 took place February 19-23 at the Sturgis Public Library, Main Street, Barnstable, MA. Details are listed on the front page of this site and is temporarily suspended during the pandemic.  Download Application

During our five morning sessions in 2019, students had 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 a chance to meet other young writers. 

In 2019  talented writers from around Cape Cod turned up at the Sturgis Public library the mornings of February 19-23 for the program. 

There they received free literary instruction from author- teachers Jeffery 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 the final two days, the students created presentation boards which displayed their characters, setting and plots.

Here’s what the teens said about the 2019 program in their exit surveys: 

“The program helped me write more engagjng scenes.”

“l made many friends and I love the instructors!”

“I was challenged by actually starting to write.”

“I liked learning more about how to develop characters.”

“I was able to apply more to my writing than I thought I could.”