Check back with us to learn more about the 2020 Young Writers' Conference

Young writers at CCYWCYOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to attend a residential weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Now in our nineteenth 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, script writing, and filmmaking workshops; exchange and critique manuscripts; explore new genres in three Write for Your Life craft sessions; attend faculty readings; find your voice & celebrate the work of others in our round-the-clock, open mic events.

ON FRIDAYgo to the good place with our keynote speaker, award-winning singer, songwriter, & composer, Moira Smiley. Moira's work can be heard on BBC TV & radio, NPR, PBS, ABC Australia's Books & Arts, in feature films, and on more than sixty albums. She performs regularly with her group, VOCO, and has toured with leading artists around the world—including tUnE-yArDs, Paul Hillier's Theater of Voices, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, KITKA, the Irish super-group Solas, grammy-winning pianist, Billy Childs, The Lomax Project, and the New World Symphony. Recent solo performances include TED, Stravinsky's Les Noces, and the London Proms Festival. In 2018, Moira released her latest solo album and choral songbook, Unzip The Horizon, and an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall will be devoted to her work.

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 skills 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, and" at the Young Writers' Improvisational Theatre, then read/dance/sing to jazz with our celebrated jazz ensemble.

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How to Apply

Please click the Apply Now button above, or visit the Application & Fees link. You can expect to receive a confirmation email by March 22.

Conference Fee

The 2019 tuition fee of $385 is due upon acceptance, and includes meals, lodging, and all events. Schools or individual students who require a payment extension may contact us.

Check-In Information

Out-of-state conferees are welcome to move into their dorm rooms Thursday, May 23, after 7:00 PM. If you plan to arrive Thursday, please be sure to register for early arrival on this site by May 15. 


High school teachers and writerly parents are welcome to enroll as chaperones. Chaperones participate in all events and attend their own adult writing workshop.

For More Information

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


Please check this site periodically for updates.