CSU–Pueblo Writing Project sponsors Authors’ Institute for teens


Area teens will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with writing techniques designed to stimulate creativity and hone fiction-writing skills as part of a week-long Authors’ Institute for Teen Writers sponsored by the Southern Colorado Writing Project and the Pueblo City-County Library District in June. The Authors’ Institute will be held from 9 a.m.- noon on June 4 through 8 at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave.

The Authors’ Institute is an intensive writing workshop designed to allow area teens to explore their creativity as they study writing techniques and polish their skills in accordance with the National Writing Project Summer Institute model. Students will examine key elements of fiction writing including style, theme, character development while engaging in critical self-examination and reflection on the writing process. Licensed teachers who also are SCWP Teacher-Consultants experienced in writing and the teaching of writing will conduct the Authors’ Institute.

Eligible participants are teens who have completed ninth grade, but are not yet 18 years old. The cost is $150 per student for a full week of instruction. Need-based financial aid may be available to qualified applicants based on free or reduced lunch schedules. The Institute is limited to 15 participants.

To apply for the Authors’ Institute, students must send a letter of interest and a short, original writing sample (three to 10 pages) to: The Authors’ Institute, 661 West Capistrano Avenue, Pueblo West, CO, 81007. You may also send your letter of interest and work electronically to  authorsinstitute@gmail.com . For more information, visit  www.myspace.com/authorsinstitute  or call Johanna Woelfel, 719-242-4287, or e-mail Derek Townley at  authorsinstitute@gmail.com  with questions.

The Southern Colorado Writing Project ( www.scwponline.org ) is an affiliate of the National Writing Project (  www.writingproject.org  ), and as a professional development organization for K through 16 teachers from all disciplines functions according to two basic principles: the best teachers of teachers are other teachers, and the best teachers of writing are writers themselves. Directed by Dr. Katherine Frank, Associate Professor of English, and supported by federal funding, and funds committed through CSU-Pueblo, Pueblo City Schools, and Pueblo School District #70, the SCWP is devoted to providing quality professional development opportunities for southern Colorado teachers and improving literacy efforts within the community.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.