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Teen Writers: Find Your Cohort

Do you scribble lines of stories on your notebooks in class? Do you hear lines of poetry on your drive to school? Do all of your friends think you’re a little too bookish for them?  Over the past years, The Muse has developed a fellowship for teens to hone their skills in a dedicated community of high schoolers who love to write. The deadline for this program is approaching!  

Listen to how one parent described how the program changed her son’s work: 

“[I liked] the collaborative and truly supportive nature of the fellowship. Our son shared with us how each writer or poet brought their own style and feedback to the sessions. We saw his writing become more and more mature and elegant.” 

 The fellowship transforms teens’ relationship to writing. What may be a casual hobby, after the program, develops into a more serious part of each fellow’s life. 

The application is open to sophomores and juniors local to the Tidewater Area. The eight teens selected will receive close to a year of free classes, one-on-one mentorship, and a paid-for ticket to the Hampton Roads Writers Conference, where they will pitch agents. 

Apply to be a Teen Fellow by January 3 and join a community of like-minded people who love literature.  All you have to do is answer a few questions and send us a brief selection of your poems or fiction. 

We’re so proud of our 2021 fellowship class. One of our fellows was one of three runners-up to be the Youth Poet Laureate for V

irginia. Another one of our fellows won the Poetry Contest at this year’s Hampton Roads Writers Conference. All eight of them created lasting friendships, contributed positively to The Muse Community, and improved tremendously as writers. 

Beyond the fellowship, this was a big year for our Youth Program. We developed a robust Youth Outreach series with Tidewater Art Services, bringing literary classes into teen boy groups homes, started a new event series with Slover called Thought Radio to promote kids’ well-being, hosted five published authors to speak to our teen students, changed our curriculum to include a clear growth trajectory, created an online community for our students through Discord, hosted several readings, published a literary journal titled Just A Phase featuring the voices of teenagers from eleven different high schools across the Tidewater Area, and more!

In 2022, we want to continue our strong partnerships with local organizations and continue to build cohorts of ambitious teen writers.  

 We’re excited to announce that the majority of our Youth Classes will be held safely in person, including one for young writers, another which introduces the fundamentals of the craft of writing, and an advanced class for experienced teens. We’re also offering an advanced virtual workshop for experienced Muse students.

Remember, our fellowship deadline is January 3.