Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Greater New Orleans Writing Project and Scholastic Writing Awards Launch Write@UNO Workshops for Teens

Teens will converge on the University of New Orleans this fall for the Scholastic Writing Awards program that has helped launch writers including Steven King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath. Teens will converge on the University of New Orleans this fall for the Scholastic Writing Awards program that has helped launch writers including Steven King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Truman Capote and Sylvia Plath.

The Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Writing Project is pleased to announce the start of the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards season. The Scholastic Writing Awards program, now in its 91st year, is the longest-running writing awards program in the country. Submission is open to all students grades 7-12.

Join us!

High school students interested in participating in the Scholastic Writing Awards are encouraged to attend the Write @ UNO workshops, which will be offered at the University of New Orleans on October 18 and November 15.

The free workshops will provide students the opportunity to workshop their writing with professional writers and UNO faculty, as well as receive one-on-one tutoring from UNO MFA students. More information and registration is available at www.gnowp.org.

For more information on the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, visit www.artandwriting.org.

"We're thrilled to launch the 2015 Scholastic Writing Awards season," said Sarah DeBacher, director of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. "The awards change young writers' lives."

The Scholastic Writing Awards offer teen writers a chance to have their work read by published writers and recognized on a local and national scale. Plus, there's $1 million in prize money and publication in The Best Teen Writing of 2015 at stake.

This year, New Orleans student Madeleine LeCesne was chosen from more than 13,000 entries to become one of five National Student Poets, an honor that includes a reading at the White House and a year of travelling the country as an ambassador for creative writing.

"Madeleine has submitted work to the Awards competition since 7th grade," says her teacher, Brad Richard, "and that long participation has helped in her growth as a writer. It's made her a careful reader of her own work, given her the confidence to take risks, and offered a glimpse of what being a professional writer is like."

Past national Scholastic Writing Awards winners include writers Steven King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Truman Capote, and Sylvia Plath. Teen writers from New Orleans have won national awards for all four of the years that the Southeast Affiliate has operated.

Students interested in participating in the awards are encouraged to attend the Write @ UNO workshops, which will be offered at the University of New Orleans on October 18 and November 15. The free workshops will provide students the opportunity to workshop their writing with professional writers and UNO faculty, as well as receive one-on-one tutoring from UNO MFA students. More information and registration is available at www.gnowp.org.

For more information on the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, visit www.artandwriting.org.

 

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