Young Writers' Conference

May 22-24, 2015

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Young writers at CCYWCThe Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYWC), a residential writers’ weekend specifically for high school students, takes place this May 23 - 25 on the hillside campus of Burlington's Champlain College. For dedicated young writers, it is a chance to meet others who share their passion for telling the stories of their lives. It is also an opportunity to study the craft of writing with some of New England's most celebrated authors and teachers.


Playing sweet music at CCYWCParticipate in over ten hours of intensive workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative nonfiction, script writing, and environmental writing; exchange and critique manuscripts; listen to faculty readings; attend interactive craft sessions; and share work with the CCYW community.  On Friday, go to the good place with our keynote speaker, renowned essayist, naturalist & activist, Terry Tempest Williams. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her other books include: An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women were Birds. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. In 2006, she received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. In addition to other awards, she is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, she was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks.


A young bard penning a masterpiece And there's more: Friday evening, read to jazz with Michael Chorney’s celebrated jazz ensemble, or read poems and prose to open mike. On Saturday, slam the night away with our own in-house oracle, the renowned Vermont Slam Champion, Geof Hewitt. Later, become part of the Young Writers' Improvisational Theatre, and kick up your heels at The Spectacular Young Writers' Contra Dance.

Special note: high school teachers and writerly parents are encouraged to attend as chaperones. Chaperones participate in all events, and are invited to attend their own adult writing workshop.

Check-In Information

Out-of-state conferees are welcome to move into their dorm rooms Thursday, 5/22, after 7:00 PM. Students arriving early should notify us ahead of time, and must remain on campus, unless accompanied by a parent. We can offer transportation to & from the airport or train station, if you forward your itinerary.

For More Information:

Lesley Wright, CCYW Coordinator
588 Fern Lake Road, Leicester, VT 05733

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