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The Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYW), a residential writers’ weekend specifically for high school students, takes place this May 29 - 31 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 novelist and memoirist, Diana Abu-Jaber. The author of Arabian Jazz, Crescent, The Language of Baklava, Origin, and Birds of Paradise, Diana’s stories and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, the North American Review, Kenyon Review, Ms., Salon, Vogue, The New York Times, The Nation, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. A frequent contributor to NPR, Diana is the daughter of a Jordanian immigrant whose passion for food and folktales exerted a "powerful influence” over her work.
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.
Out-of-state conferees are welcome to move into their dorm rooms Thursday, 5/28, 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.
Lesley Wright, CCYW Co-Director