Texas A&M University-Texarkana will host its 27th annual Young Writers’ Workshop July 11-22 on the A&M-Texarkana campus.

The Young Writers’ Workshop is a two-week program open to students in grades 2-12 from across the region. Participants spend their time engaged in reading, writing and artistic activities designed to develop and deepen their understanding of genres and themes often left under explored in traditional classrooms. In previous summers, participants have explored genres including myths, fairy tales, travel memoirs, adventure writing, proposals, poetry, one-day plays, character sketches, short fiction and graphic novels.

Workshops are as follows:

  • Workshop 1: “A Walk on the Wild Side” – grades 2-6
  • Workshop 2: “I Am the Ark-La-Tex” – grades 7-12
  • Workshop 3: “College Readiness Writing” – grades 9-12

By the end of the program, the young writers have much to show from their efforts. Products are displayed in a showcase in a final closing ceremony open to parents, family, campus and community friends. Students also have an opportunity to publish their best work in the program’s annual anthology.

Registration is $35 and includes an anthology of work, plus a DVD, free T-shirt and A&M-Texarkana goodies. Through the generous support of sponsors, registration waivers will be offered to 20 youths. Sponsors include:

  • Texarkana Gazette
  • Arkansas Community Foundation/Texarkana Area Community Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Texarkana
  • Wilbur Smith Rotary Club

“Summer learning loss impact all learners, and the Young Writers’ Workshop helps combat that loss by engaging our young writers in reading, writing and critical thinking in a socially safe and supportive space,” said Dr. Corrine Hinton, assistant professor of English and program director. “This summer’s program is poised to be an educational and fun experience for all of our participants. We encourage their creativity through words, images and design, and the best part for all of us involved is celebrating their achievements with their families during our closing ceremony.”

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Hinton at (903) 223-3124 or Corrine.Hinton@tamut.edu.