Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program 


Click here to download an application for YEW 2017 

Applications are due Saturday, May 13, 2017

 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.
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Click here to download a Young Emerging Writers/The Atlas Sponsorship Form

 For young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about writing, the MWC offers the Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program.  This selective seven-week program will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 5th through July 19th, 2017.  YEW is for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating and publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama.

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.

Watch the 2015 YEW Interns discuss why writing is important to them, and why they wanted to participate in YEW

atlas 11 coverYoung Emerging Writer internships feature intensive seminars in poetry, narrative prose (fiction & nonfiction) and collaborative writing among other kinds 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 Launch Party, an open house where interns read from their selected works and the journal is made available to the public.  The 2017 Launch Party will take place Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center, free an open to the public.

Ten to twelve 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.


Young Emerging Writers, Class of 2016

Funding and material support for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program generously provided by the the Regional Development Authority; the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Core Mission Grant; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the CD Wiman Memorial Trust; the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; and Total Printing Systems. Special thanks these sponsors of The Atlas: Kellie Carter, Kris Castel, Susan Collins, Kelsey Lorenzen, Lori Perkins, and Jodie Toohey.