Young Writers' Program

Each year, the English department hosts the annual Young Writers' Contest and the Young Writers' Conference.

Young Writers' Contest: Every year we ask English and writing teachers to encourage their students to submit short stories and poems for our annual Young Writers' Contest. Poems and short stories are separated into freshman/sophomore and junior/senior divisions. In each division there are first through third place prizes for poems and stories. One entry is selected as the grand prize winner. The grand prize may be awarded for a poem or story and may be selected from either the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior divisions.


Young Writers' Conference: Every year, the Department of English or the Department of Communications and Languages hosts a conference to promote the love of writing among students and teachers. The emphases of the conference, on a four-year rotation, are poetry, the short story/narrative, teaching young writers, and media and culture. Students and teachers come for a weekend to enjoy writing workshops and to experience life on WWU’s campus. The conference is held the ninth weekend of winter quarter, which is usually the first or second weekend of March. The 2014 conference, Teaching Young Writers, will examine approaches to teaching both creative and academic writing.

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Last update on September 11, 2013