Skip to Content

Summer Workshops for Young Writers

Part of The Center for Fiction’s KidsWrite programming, our Summer Workshops for Young Writers are online courses 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 Scholarships for young adults in need of financial assistance. To apply for a 2023 Summer KidsWrite Scholarship, please click here. The deadline to apply for a KidsWrite Scholarship is 11:59pm ET on June 1, 2023.

Questions? Contact us!

Tackling the College Essay with Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

The challenge of writing a personal statement is learning how to describe yourself. Demystify writing college application essays by breaking the process down during this two-week interactive workshop for ages 13–18 with eight online meetings.

    • July 10–20
      Monday–Thursday, 1–3pm ET via Zoom

Supernatural Summer KidsWrite Workshop with Nancy Lambert

Designed for writers, ages 9–12, our Supernatural Summer KidsWrite Workshop returns for 2023, focusing on fostering creativity and confidence in a fun, encouraging environment over the course of four days. As we write supernatural short stories, we’ll explore key elements of genre fiction, including character, dialogue, setting, and world building. We’ll also discuss revision strategies, practice reading our work to others, and review techniques for giving and receiving feedback.

  • July 17–20
    Monday–Thursday, 1–2:30pm ET via Zoom

Meet the Instructors

  • Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons is a writer, educator, and storyteller. Her recent work has appeared in HILOBROW, Marie Claire, Hippocampus magazine, and numerous anthologies. She is the creator and producer of No, YOU Tell It!, a nonfiction series that brings storytellers together to trade tales, speak each other’s words, and empower voices on the page and stage. Kelly Jean is also the editor of the No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology 2022, available from Palm Circle Press. Follow @noyoutellit for more.

  • NR_Lambert_Author Photo_2022

    Nancy Lambert

    Nancy Lambert

    Nancy Lambert (she/her) is a speculative fiction author from New York City. As N.R. Lambert, her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in several publications and anthologies, including Lightspeed, Vastarien, The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, and Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. She’s also written articles and essays for TIME, LIFE,, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2019, she was a U.S. National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at Fire Island National Seashore. In addition to her work as a writer, pop culture author, and freelance copywriter, she volunteers with students at 826NYC and Read Ahead. In addition to her workshops at The Center for Fiction, she also teaches creative writing workshops for teens and young writers at conferences and libraries. Learn more at