Young Writers' Conference

2017 Conference

37th Annual Young Writers' Conference at Fresno State
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Satellite Student Union

Keynote Speaker: Kristin FitzPatrick

Registration Deadline: March 17, 2017
Manuscript Deadline: Feb. 22, 2017

How to Register (pdf, 389kb)
Registration Forms (pdf, 155kb)

About the Conference

Each spring, the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program host the Young Writers' Conference for area high school students. With support from the College of Arts and Humanities and more than a dozen campus and community sponsors, the conference celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2015.

The Young Writers' Conference provides a valuable opportunity for young writers to hear a professional author read his or her work and answer questions about the creative writing process and profession. It also allows young writers to meet and interact with other student writers from across the Central Valley, to get a taste of what a university-level writing workshop might be like, and to get feedback on their own writing.

Our department's graduate students, as part of their commitment to service learning, teach the creative writing workshops, and they also serve as the editors of the conference's youth journal, Spectrum, which celebrates the best work submitted by area schools.

In addition, the conference provides excellent training and an opportunity for an exchange of ideas among creative writing and language arts teachers. The conference stands as an excellent example of an ongoing collaborative effort between area school districts and the university.

To donate, contact the conference coordinator.