Final Day to Submit/Postmark Applications to the 2016 YEW Summer Internship

First day YEW 14_Skylar presentationToday is the day! If you’re interested in applying to the 2016 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program, your applications must be submitted in person, via email, or be postmarked by today. See below for complete details. We look forward to reading all the applications. Phone interviews begin Thurs. 5/19. Please contact Ryan Collins for more information: 563-324-1410 or email him at Thanks!

Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications Through Wed., May 18th

For those young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about creative writing and/or magazine design, the Midwest Writing Center offers the Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. This selective seven-week program is for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating and publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and or other forms. Students who worked on the school newspaper, school literary magazine or yearbook, or who just love writing or page layout and graphic design, are ideal candidates for YEW. The ultimate goal of the program is the development of intern writing abilities, editorial acumen, professional skills, and the production/distribution of a literary journal representing the strongest work of the participants called The Atlas.

Young 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 also 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.

Twelve to fifteen interns will be selected for the program, based on 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 (no less than $125), a free full-conference registration the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference at St. Ambrose University June 23-25 (a $245 value), a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, and three copies of The Atlas, Vol. 11.

The 2016 YEW program schedule is as follows:

June 6-8, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
June 13-15, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
June 20-22, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
June 27-29-July 1, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
July 5-6, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
July 11-13, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
July 18-20, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
August 11—The Atlas Launch Party — Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m. free & open to the public

Applications are available NOW at the MWC website at The deadline to submit an application is May 18th. Interviews will be conducted via phone. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Collins at (563) 324-1410 or via email at

fional day outside reading group YEW 2015Funding support for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship program generously provided by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Core Mission Grant; the Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Trust; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the Moline Foundation; the Potter Family Foundation; Total Printing Systems; the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; and Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, and Deere & Company.