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Summer Workshops for Young Writers

Part of The Center for Fiction’s KidsWrite programming, our Summer Workshops for Young Writers offer online courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for ages 9-12 and 13-18. The workshops are led by highly qualified writers and educators with many years of classroom teaching experience. Participants will grow as writers in a fun and engaging environment and have the opportunity to share and perform their work online, leaving their workshops with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Each year The Center for Fiction offers KidsWrite Fellowships for young adults in need of financial assistance. To apply to be a 2022 Summer KidsWrite Fellow, please click here. The deadline to apply for a KidsWrite Fellowship is 11:59pm ET on June 15, 2022.

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Session I: July 11-21

Telling the Story of You: Personal Essays for College Applications and Beyond with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Monday - Thursday
July 11-21, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

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Telling the Story of You: Personal Essays for College Applications and Beyond with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Monday - Thursday
July 11-21, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

The challenging part of personal writing is learning how to describe yourself. Take the first step with this interactive workshop that tackles how students can capture their “I character” on the page. Over the course of two weeks, participants will receive individualized guidance as they find, draft, and revise a personal essay that opens a window into their unique character for college admissions officers.

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Session II: July 25 - August 4

Poetry Writing with Hillery Stone

Monday - Thursday
July 25 - August 4, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

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Poetry Writing with Hillery Stone

Monday - Thursday
July 25 - August 4, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

In this introductory course, we’re going to have fun reading contemporary poetry while writing and sharing our own. There is no door to poetry locking you out. When you learn how to read a poem—how to unpack its images, hear its rhythm and explore its meaning—you’ll find you read everything with more ease!

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Introduction to the Short Story with Anna Munroe

Monday - Thursday
July 25 - August 4, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

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Introduction to the Short Story with Anna Munroe

Monday - Thursday
July 25 - August 4, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

As we learn about the art of the short story, we will explore the form from its loose definition and basic structure, to all of its artistic complexities. We will develop and polish our craft skills in narrative structure, character development, setting and world-building, point of view, tone and voice, and building tension.

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Session III: August 8-18

The Explorer's Guide to an Adventure with Thais Vitorelli

Monday - Thursday
August 8-11, 1-3pm ET

Ages 9-12 | 4 Sessions

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The Explorer's Guide to an Adventure with Thais Vitorelli

Monday - Thursday
August 8-11, 1-3pm ET

Ages 9-12 | 4 Sessions

Whether you are looking for a hidden civilization at the bottom of the ocean or searching for life in outer space, this workshop will be your compass through an exciting adventure. Over four days, we will create detailed scenarios that have never been imagined before and craft the braver, most capable explorer for the task.

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Telling the Story of You: Personal Essays for College Applications and Beyond with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Monday - Thursday
August 8-18, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

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Telling the Story of You: Personal Essays for College Applications and Beyond with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Monday - Thursday
August 8-18, 1-3pm ET

Ages 13-18 | 8 Sessions

The challenging part of personal writing is learning how to describe yourself. Take the first step with this interactive workshop that tackles how students can capture their “I character” on the page. Over the course of two weeks, participants will receive individualized guidance as they find, draft, and revise a personal essay that opens a window into their unique character for college admissions officers.

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Meet the Instructors

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    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons is a writer, educator, and storyteller who lives in Astoria, Queens. Her recent work has appeared in HiLobrow, Marie Claire, and Hippocampus magazine. She is also the creator of No, YOU Tell It!, a live show and podcast that advocates for authentic personal stories by having storytellers trade true tales to speak each other’s words aloud, empowering voices on the page and stage. Follow @noyoutellit on Instagram for more.

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    Anna Munroe

    Anna Munroe

    A New Jersey native and New Yorker at heart, Anna Munroe is a lover of all things fiction. Prior to joining The Center for Fiction, she worked in academic publishing on higher education psychology texts, taught creative writing to NYC middle schoolers, and worked as a local cat-sitter. Located in Brooklyn, she’s tutored elementary, middle, and high schoolers in multiple boroughs, trained for and ran multiple half and full marathons, and mastered the art of reading while walking and doing the crossword on the train. In her short stories and long-form fiction, she explores grief, family dynamics, queerness, mental health, and how people communicate.

    Anna is a recent graduate of The New School’s MFA in creative fiction writing, where she completed her first novel as part of her graduate thesis. She worked as a teaching fellow through WriteOn NYC, and has been published–both for her fiction and prose poetry–in The Alembic and Beyond Words Literary Magazine. Her work has also received the first place prize in fiction in Providence College’s annual poetry and fiction competition.

  • Hilery Stone

    Hillery Stone

    Hillery Stone

    Hillery Stone’s poems and essays have been published in the New York Times, Guernica, Electric Lit, Prairie Schooner, the Academy of American Poets site, poets.org, and Beliot Poetry Journal, where she was a 2019 finalist for the Adrienne Rich Award. She taught in the undergraduate Expository Writing Program at New York University for 10 years and loves teaching to all ages. She lives in Brooklyn with her children.

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    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli (she/they) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and educator from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School, and sometimes experiments with poetry and autofiction. Her stories have been featured in The Inquisitive Eater, Share Literary Journal, Pitch Wars, and Coca-Cola Refreshing Films. To learn more, visit thaisvitorelli.com.