Contact Lesley Wright:
Phone: (802) 865-8456
The Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYW), a residential writers’ weekend specifically for high school students, takes place this May 26 - 28 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.
Participate 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, award winning poet & essayist, Naomi Shihab Nye. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East; A Maze Me; Poems for Girls; Red Suitcase; Words under the Words; Fuel; and You & Yours (a bestselling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball; Never in a Hurry; and I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay?, Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers). In addition to receiving numerous fellowships and awards, Naomi's work has been presented on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac. She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials including "The Language of Life with Bill Moyers" and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers.
And there's more: Friday evening, read to jazz with our 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.
Out-of-state conferees are welcome to move into their dorm rooms Thursday, 5/25, 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 bus station, if you forward your itinerary.
Lesley Wright, CCYW Co-Director