The first issue of Lit!, AYWI’s student-led literary magazine, was such a SUCCESS! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out go to aywilitmag.org to see all the wonderful student-written pieces in the first issue.
We are SO excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for the second issue! This issue’s theme is growth - just in time for spring, too!
The submission guidelines can be found HERE. We cannot wait to see what you all come up with! The deadline for submissions is March 1 so make sure you send them by then. Get writing, everyone!Read More
Happy holidays, everyone! With the upcoming festivities and new year, AYWI classes will be on hiatus until February. Be on the lookout for information regarding those beginning again as we get closer to that time.
Additionally, beginning February 1st, 2013 we will begin accepting applications for all our summer programming!! Information about the Summer Workshop and Summer Intensive, including the dates for this year, will be available in early January.
Enjoy your holidays!Read More
Love books? Write one!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual creative writing project which challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and 30. Last year, over 300,000 people participated. This year, AYWI is joining in, too!
The Atlanta Young Writers Institute invites you to come write your books with us! In our 6-week NaNoWriMo seminar we will plan, outline, write, and FINISH our novels together.
The AY-WriMo Group will meet every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. from October 20th through November 24th at Decatur High School.
The Seminar will provide:
- a real-life community of young writers with whom you can form friendships and share writing tips
- workbooks and activities to help you address issues like plot holes, character development, and writer’s block
- fun challenges and games that will keep your novel-ing momentum going and help you reach your word count goal
- stickers, buttons and certificates, oh my!
And yes—we will contact your English teacher and ask him/her to consider giving extra credit to the winners.
Age: All Middle and High School-ers welcome
Dates: every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. from October 20th through November 24th
Location: Decatur High School
Want more information on the seminar? Want to sign-up? E-mail Nia at firstname.lastname@example.org pronto.
Want more information on NaNoWriMo? Visit www.nanowrimo.org
Lit! exists to provide a platform for young writers through opportunities for publication. We want to encourage young writers both to hone their craft and to share their works and ideas with others. Lit! is run by a passionate staff composed entirely of AYWI student members who are themselves young writers.
Lit! will include fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The first issue’s theme is “Beginnings” and submissions will be accepted starting in September. Specific submission guidelines will be released later this month.
Check back here in the coming weeks for information about the Lit! website, submissions, and deadlines. Start writing, submit, and look forward to the release of the first issue in November!Read More
Join us from 2-3:30 for teens and 4-5:30 for adults at Marlee’s Coffee Shop (349 Decatur Street Atlanta, GA 30312, at the Pencil Factory Lofts) for peer critique! Bring your manuscript, poem, personal essay–or your ideas for each!–and let your fellow writers encourage and support you as you pursue your art.
We meet every second Saturday of the month and would love to have.
Please RSVP: send an email to email@example.com titled “Second Saturday,” and include your name, whether you’re a student or an adult (if you’re a student, please include your grade), and the genre of writing you practice. We can’t wait to see you!
Join us for an evening of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction! Come to listen, support your peers, and participate!***Middle and high school categories for all events!***
Open Mic: No pressure, just spit your work! Anyone can sign up to read his or her poetry or an excerpt of some fiction or creative nonfiction.
Poetry Slam Competition: First, second, and third place bragging rights! Anyone can sign up to compete—but it really is all about the poetry.
“Silent” Fiction Competition: Students compete by leaving copies of their work with each of the fiction-writing and creative nonfiction-writing judges. The judges will correspond via email over the next couple of days to determine winners. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on the website Wednesday, July 11,, and their works will be exhibited on the website. Those who do not win will receive written feedback from the judges on their work: at least one strength and one weakness and ways to correct that weakness.
“Silent” Creative Nonfiction Competitition: Students compete by leaving copies of their work with each of the creative nonfiction-writing judges. The judges will correspond via email over the next couple of days to determine winners. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on the website Wednesday, July 11,, and their works will be exhibited on the website. Those who do not win will receive written feedback from the judges on their work: at least one strength and one weakness and ways to correct that weakness.
Location: Alliance Theatre, Third Floor Black Box (1280 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309)
Date and Time: Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $5 adults, $2 teens
Got questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’re more than happy to help!
A Celebration of Story is sponsored by: Alliance Theatre Teen Poetry, Atlanta Young Writers Institute, Atlanta Word Works, and WonderRoot.