Western to offer summer writing conference for teens

DANBURY, CONN. — From sports writing to screen writing, the Young Writers Conference at Western Connecticut State University will offer plenty of workshops for teens this summer.

From July 24 through 29, students in grades 7 through 12 will spend five days learning to write in their favorite genre. Workshops will include:

• Writing the short story
• Introduction to writing poetry
• Advanced poetry writing
• Sports writing
• Human interest writing
• Screen writing
• Reading body language
• Public speaking
• Song writing
• Writing the college admissions essay
• College interview

The workshops will be led by published writers and all students will have an opportunity to see their work in print in the 2011 conference journal.

Tuition for resident students in grades 9 through 12 is $950 and includes a (double) dorm room, a get-acquainted party on Sunday night and breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Tuition for day students, grades 7 through 12, is $550 and includes breakfast and lunch for the week. Registration deadline is June 30 for resident students and July 15 for day students. There is a $50 discount for those registering before June 1.

For more information, contact Lynn Paris-Purtle at parispurtlel@wcsu.edu.


Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.


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