Midwest Writing Center opens new workshop for teens

The Quad Cities is known for its arts community — a community full of life, music, writing, theatre and impeccable talent. And what makes our community more special would be the opportunities we provide for young artists to learn, grow, foster and develop the skills they have.

As a writer, I’ve been granted amazing opportunities to learn–one of which included a Young Emerging Writers Internship & Workshop at age 17 at the Midwest Writing Center.

This amazing experience provided me with an opportunity where I took the journalistic and language arts skills I’d gained over the years, coupled with the little bit of creative writing experience I had, to develop stronger creative writing skills through sharing pieces, providing and accepting critiques, and working with other young writers to learn more about the literary process.  As a girl who never once thought she would ever dabble in poetry was able to publish two poems in the journal at the end of the workshop.

But that summer internship is not the only time of the year the MWC provides such opportunities for the creative youth in our community.  Now, on a bimonthly basis, the Midwest Writing Center will be providing a Young Writers Studio workshop where teens, ages 15-19 can share, critique and craft their writing, whether that be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, comedy or whatever else may be written in the stars.

Creator Ryan Collins says while he will monitor the meetings at the start, and he hopes the event can eventually move to a point where participants will run the workshop themselves.
“It’s a casual, constructive critique group, where young writers can share their work and feel welcome,” Collins shares. “They can come to share or just listen. Whatever they feel like.”
The workshop will take place 11 am-1 pm at the MWC on the second and forth Sunday’s of each month, running from January to April.
The Midwest Writing Center is located at 225 E. 2nd Street, Suite 303, in downtown Davenport, Iowa. It’s in the same building as Bucktown Center for the Arts. Phone: 563-324-1410.

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Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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