Words Are Power: A Summer Workshop for Young Writers
with Kate Senecal and Carolyn Zaikowski
We believe that words are power! This 4-week workshop is for young people of all genders and communities, ages 14-18, who are interested in exploring creative writing through a social justice lens. It is perfect for teenagers who want to use writing as an outlet for their political and social concerns, as well as for their personal empowerment. Fiction writers, poets, and genre-benders are all welcome. Through interactive lessons, generative exercises, fun workshops, and readings, participants will learn just as much about themselves as they will about the craft of writing. * Note: 14-year-olds interested in registering must be entering ninth grade. **Because of the time of this workshop, please feel free to bring snacks and dinner with you!
KATE SENECAL received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. She is the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. Her fiction has been published inThe Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com, where she was the fiction editor for two years before it stopped publication.
CAROLYN ZAIKOWSKI is the author of the novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013.) Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in such publications as The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, PANK, Dusie, Huffington Post, and Everyday Feminism.She holds an MFA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently an English professor. Find her online at www.carolynzaikowski.com.
"Can't say enough about PVWW, Joy, and her amazing team of teachers! Writing is very much about the ability to sit in your seat for hours and put pen to paper, but coming to PVWW has helped me build a community around my writing, breathe new life into my efforts, and get out of my own head a bit. And beyond that, I've learned lots of practical, nuts-and-bolts techniques that have vastly improved my work." - Emily Everett, Editor at The Common