Watch the 2019 YEW Interns discuss why writing is important to them, why the MWC is important, and why they wanted to participate in YEW (video by Jeff Moore)

 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Celebrates 15th Years in 2020 — Applications are Being Accepted Now!

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 8th through July 22nd, 2020.

**Application Deadline Extended to May 20**

**COVID-19 Update: As with our Writers’ Conference, our plan for YEW 2020 is to move forward—either in-person or virtually.

If we end up moving to a distance learning setting, we will meet in private groups online (via Zoom or another distance learning format). We are still planning to have public “virtual” events, and are working on some special guests visiting writers and other ways we can use this new format to our advantage and help our interns not only grow creatively and professionally, but to shine more light on the work they’ll be producing at such a unique moment in our lives and our history.

If you are interested in applying, but have concerns about internet or computer access, please contact us—we want to see lots of applications and we will work with all of our interns to make sure they have what they need to participate. 

Download the 2020 YEW Summer Internship Application below:

MS Word version – 2020 YEW Application

PDF Version – 2020 YEW Application

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. Below are the dates for 2020:

YEW 2020 – Meeting Dates
(all regular meetings are Mon.-Wed., 5-7:30 p.m. at the MWC offices in the Rock Island Public Library Downtown Branch, ground floor)

Week 1: June 8-10
Week 2: June 15-17
Week 3:June 22-24 (DRC Conference June 25-27)
Week 4: June 29-July 1
Week 5: July 6-8
Week 6: July 13-15
Week 7: July 20-22

Public Reading
Thurs., July 23 (location TBA)
Thurs., July 30 (at Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA)

THE ATLAS 15 Two-Part Release Party
Thurs., August 13 (location TBA)

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 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 15 Release Party, an open house where interns read from their selected works and the journal is made available to the public. The 2020 Launch Party will take place Thursday, August 13th at a location TBA, free an open to the public.

There will also be two free public readings featuring YEW interns and other young writers from around the Quad Cities on Thursday, July 23rd (location TBA) and July 30 (at the Figge Art Museum). Each event will be free and open to the public.

The 2019 YEW interns and staff at THE ATLAS 14 Release Party

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!  

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

Funding and material support for the 2019 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program and The Atlas Vol. 14 generously provided by: Scott County Regional Authority; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the CD Wiman Memorial Trust; the Doris and Victor Day Foundation; the Rausch Family Foundation I; the Moline Foundation; Moline Rotary; the Quad Cities Community Foundation Impact Grant; Total Printing Systems; Rozz-Tox; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.