National Novel Writing Month Clinic!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Events, Feature | 0 comments

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, we held this clinic and a small group of students helped each other make extreme progress in their writing. This year, we’re doing it again!

The Atlanta Young Writers Institute invites you to come write your books with us!  In our 5-week NaNoWriMo seminar we will plan, write, and FINISH our novels together.

The AY-WriMo Group will meet every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. from November 1st through November 29th.

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

Cost:  Free!

Dates: every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. from November 1st through November 29th

Location: Starbucks on West Paces Ferry (1203 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327)


Want more information on the seminar? Want to sign-up? E-mail Kayla at pronto.

Want more information on NaNoWriMo? Visit

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Winter 2014 “Lit” Issue Seeks Submissions!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Events, Feature | 0 comments


It’s time again for another issue of AYWI’s literary magazine, “Lit!”. This issue’s theme is NOSTALGIA!

You can find all the detailed submission guidelines here. We accept fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and all submissions are due November 17, 2014.

We’re incredibly excited to read your work!

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Teen AND Adult Critique Sessions!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Events, Feature | 0 comments

Hello everyone!

This month, we will be hosting two different critique group sessions. On Saturday, April 19, we’ll be holding our teen critique group! All our students are welcome to attend! Please bring a piece of work to be read and critiqued by the group. Join us at 2 PM at Drip Coffee in Atlanta (928 Garrett Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30316), bring your work to be critiqued, and meet your fellow writers!

Our first ever adult session will be the following Saturday, April 26 at 2PM also at Drip Coffee. That’s right! All you parents out there who are writers or are maybe curious about writing, this is for you. Please bring a piece of work to be read and critiqued by the group.

Both sessions are completely FREE and will be a great opportunity. Assuming there’s enough interest, we’re planning on holding these sessions on a monthly basis, so please come out!

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Critique Group Event–March 15!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

Hello everyone!

We are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, March 15 at 2PM we’ll be hosting a FREE critique group. This event will be held at Drip Coffee in Atlanta.

During the critique group, we’ll read your work and then provide feedback as a group. It’s an excellent opportunity to a) share your work, b) get critical feedback on your work, and c) hang out with fellow writers!

In order to attend, all you need to do is email saying you’ll be there! Please do RSVP if you’re at all interested in attending. It’ll help us provide the best experience if we know how many people to expect.

On the day of, make sure to bring the piece(s) you want to get critiqued and we’ll see you there!

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The College Application Personal Statement Clinic!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Who are you beyond your resume? What’s your story?

These are the questions college admissions officials ask as they pore over thousands of college applications each year. Because after they’ve seen all the numbers—your grade point average and college admissions test scores—they want to know who you are. Your college admissions personal statement is your one crucial opportunity to them via that most wonderfully compelling story: the story of you. (And yes, you absolutely have a compelling story to tell.)


As a seminar participant, you will:

  • Examine and discuss the personal statements of students admitted to prestigious colleges and universities.
  • Complete writing exercises designed to reveal your voice and share in vivid, clear prose those experiences that make you…well, you.
  • Learn how to build your own true story, rich with imagery and powerful with emotion.

Date and Location: Saturdays, September 15 and  22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Decatur High School

Cost: $60 per participant.

 **Participation is limited to 10 students to ensure highest quality instruction.**                                           

Registration Procedures: To register, please send an email titled “Personal Statement Clinic  Registration” to with the following information: 1) Names and grade of registrant(s); 2) Parent name, email, and phone number.  Attendees will receive a confirmation email with further pertinent details.  **Students may bring drafts of personal statements in progress.

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Fall Programming Update

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Hello AYWI Family!

AYWI is currently in a major planning phase, working to make this organization even bigger and better for all of you! As such, we won’t be offering any fall programming, but we will resume programming come the spring. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter by sending your email address to! That way you’ll be sure to have all the updates on programming as soon as they’re announced.

Thanks so much for all your interest, support, and patience during this planning process.

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