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.