Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications through 5/13

Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications through 5/13

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 The Atlas, a literary journal representing the strongest work produced and selected by the interns during the program.

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 are assigned readings 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 22-24 (a $265 value), a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, and three copies of The Atlas, Vol. 12.

The 2017 YEW program schedule is as follows:

June 5-7, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
June 12-14, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
June 19-21, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
June 26-28, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
July 3 & 5, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
July 10-12, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
July 17-19, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
August 15—The Atlas 12 Launch Party — 6:30 p.m., free & open to the public

Applications are available NOW at the MWC website at The deadline to submit an application is May 13th. Interviews will be conducted via phone. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 or via email at

Funding support for the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship program generously provided by the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation; the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend Core Mission Grant; the Melvin McKay Charitable Trust; the Doris and Victor Day Foundation; the Rausch Family Foundation I; the CD Wiman Memorial Trust; Total Printing Systems; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.