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Young Ink (Programs for Kids and Teens)

While many of our classes and programs are aimed at adults, teenagers may join most classes and workshops–although we urge anyone 16 years or younger to contact us first (at to verify that the material presented will not be an issue (as some courses deal with adult topics in their sample reading material) and to let us check with the instructor about a younger writer joining the course.

If you are a writer, 12 or under, we generally do not recommend your taking one of our classes for adults.  Take a look below for the next classes designed for your age group that are coming up!

We do offer some programming specifically aimed at the 18 and under writer.  This page will give information on these programs and also resources for young writers and the families who wish to encourage them.

Classes for Kids and Teens

(Click here for a complete list of our writing courses)


2018-03/03 Someday? Make it Today! A Writing Workshop for Middle School Kids with Sally J. Pla

Are you a middle school student, ages 11 to 14? Are you interested in writing? Do you write poems or screenplays or articles or graphic novels or…

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(if no class listed here, email for more info on upcoming schedules)

Camp Collins:
Poetry/Theatre Summer Camp for 13-18 year olds

2015:  2nd Annual Camp Collins:  Free to the first 20 students, the camp offers 2-weeks of training in poetry and theatre.


Most years we participate in at least one contest that involves younger participants.  In 2014 we participated in Write Out Loud’s Read Imagine Create contest.  Information on forthcoming contests will be posted when details are finalized.

Other SDWI Resources

One-on-One Consultations:  We offer consultations with many of our instructors, several of whom are trained in helping young people with their fiction writing.  (Note, we do not offer tutoring for school work.  We specialize in helping writers who want to write fiction or nonfiction for publication or personal enjoyment.  If you are looking for help in improving academic writing or assistance with a school paper, please look for tutoring centers or ask your school for nearby programs.)

A Year In Ink:  Annually, SDWI accepts submissions for poetry and short stories from local authors.  These are “blind submissions,” meaning we read them without knowing who has written them.  Young writers are allowed to submit under the same rules as adults and will be judged alongside them using the same criteria with no indication or weight given to the age of the writer.  A Year in Ink Volume 9 (to be published in the spring of 2016) submissions are June 1-July 15, 2015.

 We want to hear from you:  Do you want other types of programming for kids and teens?  Is there a book club need or something else?  We’d need people willing to help organize it, volunteer, help advertise it, etc.  Talk to us and also let us know if you can help out! Email

Programming from our Partners

Twainfest, a free literary festival celebrating Mark Twain and other 19th century writers, is produced by our partners Write Out Loud and each year SDWI participates in one of the booths.  There are performances and free games and activities plus participants earn tickets (free) to pick up free donated books.

Words Alive: Literacy Programs for Kids and Teens

Playwrights Project


Online Resources

(SDWI does not endorse these organizations and provides them purely to assist you in finding other resources)

Claremont ReviewAn international literary magazine for young adult writers (no payment).

Canvas Literary Journal: submissions for 13-18 year olds

PBS for Kids:  has an annual writing contest

Highlights for Children:  Accepts short submissions (jokes, poems, stories) from young people

National Novel Writing Month’s Young Writers Program

A Good List of Further Resources for Young Writers