Information

2024 Dates

June 16–21, 2024

  • Afternoon Session: 12:30-4:00 p.m. ET
  • Evening Session: 7:30-11:00 p.m. ET

Tuition and Fees

$995

No application fee

Need-based financial aid is available

Application Form

Application Deadline

April 15, 2024

Application Materials

  • Online application form
  • 300 word personal statement
  • A high school transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Financial aid information (optional)

Questions? Concerns?

Email yw@kenyonreview.org or call (740) 427-5391.

Overview

The Young Writers Summer Online Workshops provide young writers with a dynamic and supportive environment in which they can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who are also passionate about writing.

Our online workshops offer an intimate setting for exploring ideas, producing fresh work, discussing the craft of writing (and rewriting) with instructors and other students, and finding one’s voice in a variety of genres, including short stories, poems, and essays.

These week-long workshops include daily synchronous workshops via Zoom, interspersed with solo writing time and one-on-one instructor conferences. Participants attend either the afternoon session (12:30-4:00 p.m. ET) or evening session (7:30-11:00 p.m. ET). Both sessions follow a similar multi-genre curriculum.

Additional events take place most days from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET and include readings by visiting writers, craft talks, participant readings, and informal social gatherings.

FAQ

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are currently a sophomore or junior AND/OR will be between the ages of 16-18 years old at the time of the program. 

Most of our participants are rising juniors and seniors, but we occasionally accept talented students who have just graduated high school before the program begins. International students are welcome to apply as are students who have participated in Young Writers in the past. Rising sophomores are not eligible to apply.

Young Writers participants are a diverse group, representing a wide range of academic and personal interests. You should apply for the Young Writers program if you like to work with other people, are open to experimenting with new approaches, are willing to be playful and take some risks as a learner, and are interested in the process of learning.

How much does the program cost? Is financial aid available?

The total cost of the Summer Online Workshop is $995, which covers program tuition and all program activities. In order to enroll in the program, accepted students must submit full tuition payment and enrollment forms by May 15.

We offer need-based financial aid for families who cannot afford the costs of the program. Financial aid decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Financial aid decisions are made in conjunction with admissions decisions; however, acceptance decisions are not affected by aid requests.

In order to apply for need-based financial aid, please fill out the “Financial Aid” section of the online application form.

How do I apply?

You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to apply, which you can do on our application page. To complete the online application please visit the application site and submit the following:

  • The online application form
  • A 300-word statement, essay, story, or poem that illustrates why and/or how writing has been meaningful in your life (you may be as straightforward or creative with this prompt as you like).
  • A high-school transcript, to be uploaded with the application form (we accept official and unofficial transcripts)
  • Financial aid information and optional supporting financial aid documentation (if you will be applying for need-based financial aid)

Applications are due April 15, 2024.

How do I submit my transcript?

We strongly prefer that you upload a copy of your transcript when you submit your online application form. We accept both official and unofficial transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may include a scanned copy of photograph of a recent report card, a screenshot of an online report card, or any other document that clearly shows all of your high-school grades and classes thus far.

If you are unable to upload a transcript with your application, you may upload a document in place of your transcript that indicates how we can expect to receive your transcript: email (youngwriters@kenyonreview.org), fax (740-427-5417), or mail (Kenyon Review Young Writers, Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St., Gambier, OH 43022)

How are applicants chosen for the program? How will I know if I am accepted?

The selection committee pays particular attention to the 300-word statement. We are looking for students who show promise and passion for writing. We strive to admit a diverse group of students with a wide range of academic and personal interests.

Admissions decisions will be announced via email in early May. Be sure to add submittable.com to your address book and/or check your spam folders for email confirmations and notifications that we may send via Submittable.

Young Writers Online is a selective program. To keep class sizes small, we are not able to admit all applicants and must turn away many talented writers each year. If you are not accepted to the Summer Online Workshop, we encourage you to apply for future workshop if you are interested and eligible.

Due to the number of applications we receive each year, we cannot comment on individual applications or offer feedback on application essays.

How are workshops structured? Who teaches the workshops?

Groups of 12-14 students meet online with an instructor in synchronous workshops for three and a half hours each day. Workshop time is spent freewriting, responding to writing prompts and assignments, discussing assigned readings, and sharing and discussing one another’s work.

Everyone in the workshop, including instructors, writes and shares work every day. The workshop is ungraded and student work is not evaluated in any formal sense. Instead, instructors emphasize techniques for responding to work in ways that will help the writers recognize their strengths, potential, and avenues for productive revision. 

Evening events will take place most days from 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT. These events will include visiting readers, craft talks, open mics, and informal social gatherings. Attendance at most of the evening events will be optional, but strongly encouraged. In addition to daily workshops and evening events, students will meet individually with their instructor for a one-on-one conference during the workshop week.

Our instructors are talented writers and teachers from around the country who have a long association with the Kenyon Review and the Young Writers program. Many of our instructors have been published in the Kenyon Review and several are Kenyon College alums. Most have advanced degrees in creative writing and teach high school and/or college during the academic year. Because many of our instructors have been teaching in the program for several years, they are a strong team with a deep understanding of the curriculum and philosophy of the Young Writers program.

Will there be a residential Young Writers program this year? Can I apply for both residential and online Young Writers Workshops?

Yes. You may apply for both residential and online Young Writers Workshops, but you may only attend one Young Writers Workshop per summer. If you have already applied for the Young Writers Summer Residential Program, you may use the same application materials for the Young Writers Summer Online application. See the application form for details. For more information about the residential workshop, please visit the Young Writers Summer Residential Workshop page.