Hurston/Wright Foundation | Teen Writers’ Workshop
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Teen Writers’ Workshop

Hurston/Wright Teen Writers’ Workshops

c6af7e_45eb0303ba9d47628b278d9594010ad3.jpg_srz_p_324_242_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The Hurston/Wright Teen Writers’ Workshops offer youth ages 14-18 the opportunity to develop and improve their skills in both creative and academic writing.

Participants meet published authors, write in a workshop setting, and have the opportunity to publish excerpts from their work in an online journal to be created and edited by participants.


This workshop will introduce student writers to the basic elements of fiction.

This workshop will review the elements of the successful essay, particularly helpful for students who are rising juniors and seniors. Students will have in-class writing exercises and readings and discussion.

This workshop is open to beginning and intermediate poets. Students will read a variety of poetic styles, forms and structures. Students will create their own poems during the workshop and learn the vocabulary of poetry.

Students will learn how to write an effective personal statement that will enhance their college application, as well as a college admissions essay that is creative and concise.


Interested youth from local Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia schools write an original work as a writing sample. A completed application and writing sample is submitted by the parent or guardian of the student.


Students may apply to only one workshop. Students are accepted into the workshops as applications are submitted on a rolling basis. Class size is limited to 12.