Starting Fall 2023 — Wednesday Night Free Writes for Middle & High School Writers Every Wednesday in September & October!
This fall, MWC and the Young Emerging Writers will host Wednesday Night Free Writes: free open writing get togethers every Wednesday in September & October 4-6pm for middle & high school students.
We’re looking to grow the community of terrific young writers in the QC & help students continue to develop their work.
Need a quiet space to write? Looking to meet other student writers? Wanting feedback on your writing? Come on down & bring friends!
We will have staff on hand to offer writing prompts & activities, lead workshop groups, etc. & on occasion we’ll have visiting writers & other opportunities (readings, publications, etc.).
No registration needed. All genres welcome. For more information, please contact MWC: email@example.com
Wednesday Night Free Writes are possible thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Humanities.
About Young Emerging Writers:
The YEW Summer Internship Program is composed of students ages 15-19 who applied and were interviewed for the privilege of participating in this selective paid internship program. This summer, 24 interns from around Quad City area and beyond participated in YEW, the most interns ever hired. YEW provides writing instruction in a variety of writing styles and processes, and develops professional skills in areas such as editing, collaborative project management, and magazine design. In 50 hours of meetings over seven weeks, the interns went from meet-and-greet to producing a high-quality literary magazine. This summer, the YEW program celebrates its 18th year with the release of THE ATLAS 18.
Copies of new and back issues will be available for purchase at both locations. THE ATLAS 18 will be available for $10 at the launch, and all back issues of THE ATLAS only $5. You can order a copy of THE ATLAS 18 today: https://www.mwcqc.org/books/the-atlas-18/
Please contact Ryan Collins for more information about the YEW Summer Internship Program, THE ATLAS, or this event: firstname.lastname@example.org, (309) 732-7330.
Funding and material support for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program and The Atlas generously provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the Scott County Regional Authority, Modern Woodmen of America, Illinois Humanities, the CD Wiman Memorial Trust, the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust, the Rock Island Public Library, and Rozz-Tox.
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Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program 2024 — Applications Open 1/1/24!
For young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about writing and creative expression, the Midwest Writing Center offers the innovative Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. This selective seven-week program will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 10 through July 24, 2024. Applications are due Monday, May 13, 2024.
Download the 2023 Young Emerging Writers Application:
About Young Emerging Writers: The YEW Program is composed of students ages 15-19 who applied and interviewed for this selective paid internship program. This summer, 15 interns from around the Quad Cities and Iowa City participated in YEW at a distance, meeting in a hybrid format to compose, edit, and release the 17th volume of THE ATLAS Literary Magazine on Thursday, August 18 at Rozz-Tox.
YEW provides writing instruction in a variety of writing styles and processes, and develops professional skills in areas such as editing, collaborative project management, and magazine production/design. In 50 hours of meetings over seven weeks, the interns went from meet-and-greet to producing a high-quality literary magazine published by MWC Press.
**Information on YEW 2022 Meeting Format**
We are planning to meet in-person at MWC. We will be meeting in the Community Room upstairs from our offices in the Rock Island Public Library. We will be set up for people to meet virtually as needed, and we will have a couple meetings on Zoom or at alternate locations that will be determined at a later date. We are planning the public events to be in-person and livestreamed on our various social media platforms.
If you are interested in applying, but have concerns about in-person meetings, internet or computer access, or anything else, please contact us—we will work with all of our interns to make sure they have what they need to participate, and a lack of computer or consistent internet access are not required to apply.
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YEW is for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating and publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and other forms.
Students who work on the school newspaper, school literary magazine or yearbook, or who just love writing and/or page layout and graphic design, are ideal candidates for YEW. The ultimate goal of the program is development of intern writing abilities and the production and distribution of a literary journal representing the best work of the participants.
Young Emerging Writer internships feature intensive seminars in poetry, narrative prose (fiction & nonfiction), and collaborative writing, among other forms of creative writing, in a professional learning atmosphere. Interns will learn about magazine design and layout as well as gain editorial and copy-editing experience. The program culminates with the production of The Atlas, a high-quality literary journal featuring the best work produced by the interns over the course of the program. The journal will be released at The Atlas 18 Release Party, an open house where interns read from their selected works and the journal is made available to the public. The 2023 Launch Party will take place in-person and via livestream on Wednesday, August 16, and will be available free to the public (in-person location TBA).
YEW 2023 – Meeting Dates
(all regular meetings are Mon.-Wed., 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Week 1: June 5-7
Week 2: June 12-14
Week 3: June 19-21 (DRC Conference June 22-24)
Week 4: June 26-28
Off July 3-5 for Independence Day
Week 5: 10-12
Week 6: July 17-19
Week 7: July 24-26
Thursday, July 27 (more info TBA)
THE ATLAS 18 Release Party
Wednesday, August 16 (more info TBA)
Twelve to fifteen interns will be selected for the program on the basis of their application forms, writing or design samples, and interviews. The writing and editing of stories, essays, poems, and/or plays at home is required, as is reading and responding to work by other interns. Each intern will also receive a small stipend, a free full-conference registration the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference, a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, and three copies of The Atlas.
|You can support the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program by becoming a YEW/The Atlas Sponsor. You can use the PDF form linked below to send in a sponsorship contribution to MWC, or use the PayPal button below to make a donation online today. All donations over $10 will receive a complimentary copy of the most recent issue of The Atlas. Thanks for supporting YEW!|
Funding and material support for the 2023 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program generously provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, Modern Woodmen of America, Illinois Humanities, the CD Wiman Memorial Trust, the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust, the Moline Foundation, the Rock Island Public Library, and Rozz-Tox.