The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Youth Writing Programs

WMWP will offer three one-week summer Youth Writing Workshops this year:

Creative Writing (for students entering Grades 3-6)
Facilitator: Molly Watkins
Does your child like to write? Even if the answer is “not at all,” our goal is to make this creative writing workshop fun for all kids. We will use a writer’s notebook as a tool for gathering ideas, sketching, venting, and journaling. There will be daily opportunities to share with peers. Children will be guided with patience, encouragement, and humor. We wish to provide a space for unbridled experimentation and imagination, so we won’t spend time on corrections. Writing is an essential skill, and it should be fun!

Creative Writing (for students entering Grades 7-12)
Facilitator: Kelly Norris
This summer, start that novel you've always wanted to write, or finish the one you've been working on forever. Try your hand at poetry, personal essay, and persuasion. We will use creative prompts to start new pieces and feedback circles to get responses to our work. Special attention will be given to writing for social justice purposes—to examine our identities and create social change. Opportunities for publishing will be explored and encouraged.

Conquering the College Application (for students entering Grades 10-12)
Facilitator: Elena Buttgereit
Whether you are at the beginning of your college search or diving into applications, this workshop is for you! Guided by a current ELA teacher and former college admissions counselor, we will explore the many different elements of the college application process. You will write and workshop your college essays, practice college interviews, and begin your Common Application. Through group workshops, personal conferences, and mentoring, we will work together to make your process as stress-free and exciting as possible!


Program Dates: July 8 - 12, 2019

Program hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost per session: $300, plus a $25 nonrefundable registration fee. Snacks and lunch at the award-winning UMass dining commons are included.

Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available To apply, complete this brief confidential form:

Registration: Complete the registration form at

For more information, please e-mail or call (413) ­545-­5466.


Download the flyer for 2019's Youth Writing Programs below: