“One Last Time”: The Young Writers Celebrate Their Hard Work and Share Their Writing!

Today is the last day of the Young Writers’ Workshop! The young writers reminisced about the best parts of Workshop by answering this morning’s question: “What was your favorite part of the Young Writers’ Workshop?” Checkout the young writers’ responses below! The young writers then embarked on a virtual scavenger hunt. In their small groups, … Continue reading “One Last Time”: The Young Writers Celebrate Their Hard Work and Share Their Writing!

“Scarlet Lips and Sharp Teeth”: The Young Writers Experiment with Exquisite Corpse Stories, Monsters, Blackout and Erasure Poetry

Today marks the fourth day of the 2021 Young Writers’ Workshop! The week has flown by, the young writers have made the most of each day. This morning began with the writers answering the question, “What is your favorite ending to a book or movie?” The morning question paired well with our first activity, in … Continue reading “Scarlet Lips and Sharp Teeth”: The Young Writers Experiment with Exquisite Corpse Stories, Monsters, Blackout and Erasure Poetry

“Think of a Love So Tall, an Ever-Running Fountain”: The Young Writers Celebrate Birthdays, Poetry, and Plot

We kicked off this morning with a birthday celebration! The young writers wrote Tolu, one of our instructors, well wishes and drew on his virtual birthday card in place of our usual morning question. We also celebrated Mira and Allie’s birthday in the afternoon. See Tolu’s birthday card and us singing a belated “Happy Birthday” … Continue reading “Think of a Love So Tall, an Ever-Running Fountain”: The Young Writers Celebrate Birthdays, Poetry, and Plot

“Insurance Isn’t a Glamorous Job”: The Young Writers Tackle Memory, Photography, and Sensory Detail

The second day of the Young Writers’ Workshop challenged the young writers to think about memory and photography. Before the day’s events began, the young writers were asked, “If you could take a picture of anyone or anything, who or what would it be?” The writers said they would capture images of Olympic gymnastics, the … Continue reading “Insurance Isn’t a Glamorous Job”: The Young Writers Tackle Memory, Photography, and Sensory Detail

“Come to the Dark Side; We Have Cookies”: The Young Writers Explore Alter Egos, Evil Twins, and Fantasy Writing

Today kicked off K-State’s annual Young Writers’ Workshop! Today’s theme was “The Me Nobody Knows.” Our writers began the Workshop by answering the question of the day: “What’s the name of your evil twin?” After learning the names of the writers’ evil twins – Regina Marrakhesh, Bran Mous, and Evil Bob IV to name a … Continue reading “Come to the Dark Side; We Have Cookies”: The Young Writers Explore Alter Egos, Evil Twins, and Fantasy Writing

Meet Our 2021 Staff!

Hi everyone! June 21st is rapidly approaching, and we have been busy preparing for this year’s Young Writers’ Workshop. We are beyond excited to meet the young writers online this Monday! Before we meet the young writers, let’s introduce our staff: Tolu Daniel, Instructor: https://youtu.be/2TbqQ4vtPz8 Krista Danielson, Instructor: https://youtu.be/9rjBN7XqSic Dustin Vann, Instructor: https://youtu.be/ETPkrK_69cE Katy Karlin, … Continue reading Meet Our 2021 Staff!

“Struggles of Today”: The Young Writers Learn about Conflict and Character in YA Fiction

Today’s theme was “struggles of today,” and the young writers started the workshop by answering the question “What personal struggles do young people face today?” Their answers included peer pressure, self-image, self-discovery, being taken seriously, isolation, and taking on the burden of previous generations’ problems. The young writers address personal struggle on the Zoom white … Continue reading “Struggles of Today”: The Young Writers Learn about Conflict and Character in YA Fiction

“Imagining Other Worlds”: The Young Writers Take on Songwriting and Aliens!

Today’s theme was “Imagining Other Worlds,” and the young writers started the session by answering the question “What would you tell extraterrestrials about Earth?” Many suggested that the aliens go back home due to this year being “kinda crazy,” but others urged the aliens to make sure they wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, and … Continue reading “Imagining Other Worlds”: The Young Writers Take on Songwriting and Aliens!

“Creating a Spy”: The Young Writers Practice Developing Character in Fiction

“What would your spy name be?”The young writers started out their morning answering that very question on the Zoom board.The theme for the day was “creating a spy,” and the young writers embraced it with fun spy names like Allegra, Rainstorm, and Phoenix. Some young writers aimed to be discreet by electing to choose “a … Continue reading “Creating a Spy”: The Young Writers Practice Developing Character in Fiction