May 24-26, 2019

2019 Program Information Coming Sooon!
Registration Opens November 1, 2018.

Young writers at CCYWCYou are cordially invited to attend a residential weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mike at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Now in our eighteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters-and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv theatre, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

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PARTICIPATE in over ten hours of fiction, poetry, songwriting, creative nonfiction, and script writing workshops; exchange and critique manuscripts; explore new genres in our Write for your Life craft sessions; attend faculty readings; find your voice & celebrate the work of others in our all-you-can-eat, unstoppable, open mike events.

ON FRIDAY, go to the good place with our keynote speaker: GennaRose Nethercott. GennaRose Nethercott is the author of The Lumberjack's Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A Ghost of Water (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection Modern Ballads. She tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, and is one third of The Traveling Poetry Emporium, a team of poets/educators who bring poems-to-order events to museums, universities, and libraries. A Vermont native, Nethercott has lived in many cities throughout the US and Europe, but is always drawn back to the forest.

AND THERE'S MORE: Friday evening, kick up your heels at the Spectacular Young Writers' Contra Dance, swap songs with our CCYW bard, Alex Smith, and hone your storytelling techniques at our annual Moth slam training session.

ON SATURDAY EVENING, slam the night away with our own in-house oracle, the renowned Vermont Slam Champion, Geof Hewitt. Later, say yes to the Young Writers' Improvisational Theatre and read/dance/sing to jazz with our celebrated jazz ensemble.

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Special note: High school teachers and writerly parents are encouraged to enroll as chaperones. Chaperones participate in all events, and attend their own adult writing workshop. For more information, please contact us.

Check-In Information

Out-of-state conferees are welcome to move into their dorm rooms Thursday, 5/24, after 7:00 PM.  Students may register for early arrival on this site anytime after April 1, 2018.

For More Information:

Lesley Wright, CCYW Co-Director
(802) 865-8456


Please check this site periodically for updates.