Join us IN-PERSON* or online from June 26 to June 30, 2023, for a week-long Writing Workshop complete with guest appearances by authors and intense workshops taught by our Teacher Consultants!

We welcome students entering 4th through 7th and 8th through 12th grades in the Fall to register here for this exciting event that will be held from 9 am until 2 pm each day.*

*Please note that we are making plans for both IN-PERSON AND virtual options for the summer of 2023.

Registration includes admission to sessions with our guest authors, our writing TCs, and opportunities to write and revise work throughout the week. All participants may submit to the workshop anthology, which writers will receive as a printed copy and as a pdf file for participants to print or share with family and friends. Participants will also receive a Project Write t-shirt and a copy of guest authors’ books.

Each day includes a session with a professional author, genre sessions, writing workshops, and lots of opportunity for creative writing growth.  In addition, our young writers will have the opportunity to conference one-on-one with our Teacher Consultants for personal feedback and revision.


8:30-9:00 AM Check-in and Personal Writing Time

9:00-10:30 AM Small Group Workshop

10:30-11:55 AM Craft Talk with Published Author

12:00-12:30 PM Lunch with Peers

12:30-1:20 PM Critique and Revision Workshop

1:30-2 PM Open Mic

Project Write beats Disney!

Emmylou goes on about your camp as if I sent her to Disney World for a week.”
~Patti W.
Mother of Middle School Writer

Registration –


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $300 if registered and paid by December 31, 2022.

$400 until June 10 ($450 for the week if registered after June 10)
Please contact us at for sibling or family discounts.

Scholarships are available!  Students with financial need can apply by selecting this option on the registration form. Scholarship deadline February 28, 2023.


Unable to make the full week?  You can sign up for only the days that you are available to attend!  Just select your specific days at registration!

The cost of the By-the-Day Summer Young Writers’ Workshop will be $100 per day.  This includes any presentations on the purchased days and the opportunity to submit to the anthology. T-shirts will be included for three or more days. By-the-Day registration is now open.

Completing Registration

Please complete this Google Form to register. You may send payment via Paypal to or contact us for offline payment options.


Please see the Scholarship page for more information and to apply or select the scholarship option from the registration page.


Registration is requested by May 31, 2023, but we accept registration through the event. Due to our planning of events relying on accurate numbers of participants, refunds are NOT available after June 10. We will try to accommodate late registrations, but the availability of books and t-shirts are limited after May 31.

Any questions can be directed to our main office at

We look forward to working with you!

Write On!

Please note that the authors’ availability may change at any time and the names are not guaranteed.  We may add or remove authors at any point in time.

VISITING AUTHORS for 2022 (author list for 2023 to be determined): 

JOSEPH M. JABLONSKI, known around town as The Walking Mall Poet, is a typewriting street poet of Old Town Winchester.  He has written hundreds of on-the-spot poems for strangers downtown and at events. When he is not writing poems and letters by oil lamp and typewriter, he writes code for a tech company that builds tools for nonprofits. This is Joe’s second appearance at SYWW. His session will defy the “Poetry takes time” mantra as he teaches young writers how to produce quick poetry commissions on-demand for a specific audience. Read more about Joe in The Winchester Star.  Jablonski will be visiting us on Monday.
LaTasha Do’zia is the founding director of Selah Theatre Project. Do’zia will teach a session on writing for the stage. Writers are invited to enter the FOLLY No Justice – No Peace contest. Do’Zia will be visiting us on Tuesday.

DIANE TARANTINI, is an award-winning writer with a slice-of-life blog and a brand new children’s book titled, The Brave Knight.She is a survivor of child sexual abuse, which prompted her to write The Brave Knight and become a body safety educator in the state of West Virginia. She’s also: a wife, mother, Nan, cat and coffee lover, a really good cook, and a human addicted to learning stuff and sharing it with her friends. Tarantini will be visiting us on Wednesday.

The following authors appearances at Project Write are sponsored by 
Shenandoah University’s Children’s Literature Conference:

FRED BOWEN writes the Thursday sports column for kids in “The Washington Post.” He’s been a lifelong sports enthusiast, which influenced his writing career, including a sports-fiction series (Peachtree Publishers) for boys and girls (ages 8-12) and a picture-book biography of Red Sox legend Ted Williams titled “No Easy Way” (Dutton Children’s Books). Bowen will be visiting us on Thursday.

TRUDY LUDWIG is an acclaimed children’s advocate, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including The Invisible Boy. Trudy has collaborated with leading experts and organizations, including Sesame Workshop, to help kids connect with their peers in kinder, more inclusive ways. Ludwig will be visiting us on Thursday.

ALICIA D. WILLIAMS is the author of Genesis Begins Again. Alicia D also debuted a picture book biography, Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston. And, followed up with Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress. Alicia shares a passion for storytelling which stems from conducting school residencies as a Master Teaching Artist of arts-integration. Alicia D infuses her love for drama, movement, and storytelling to inspire students to write. Williams will be visiting us on Friday.
JASMINE WARGA is the New York Times-bestselling author of middle grade novels Other Words For Home and The Shape of Thunder. She is also the author of young adult books, My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now, which have been translated into over twenty different languages. Her next novel, A Rover’s Story, will be out on October 4, 2022. Jasmine currently teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Originally from Cincinnati, she now lives in the Chicago-area with her family in a house filled with books. Warga will be visiting us on Friday.

A huge thank you to the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for providing funding for scholarships to students with financial need.

Other Workshops:

Second Saturdays Series (virtual)

Weekend Workshops: Fauquier & Loudoun

Advanced Young Writers’ Workshop (virtual)

Young Screenwriters’ Conference, Shenandoah University, Winchester, TBA, 2022 (hybrid: virtual or online)

Summer 2023, June 26-30, Shenandoah University Winchester, Va. (hybrid: virtual or online)