2021 Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference Online

    Our motto is “Write Your Truth.” Creative writing workshops at the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference are designed to help you discover the stories that matter to you. What is your truth? What voice will you use to tell it?

    The world has never been in more urgent need of young people who are willing and able to bear witness. Washington College—home to the famous Sophie Kerr Prize, the world’s largest undergraduate writing award, worth nearly $70,000—has made a name for itself as a thriving literary community where aspiring poets, novelists, journalists, and memoirists can study with prize-winning authors to hone their craft. Writing is often a solitary art, but it needn't be a lonely one. The Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference is a vibrant summer gathering that helps rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors build both their skills and their identity as writers.

    At the Young Writers’ Conference, students will take intensive creative writing workshops with nationally renowned authors in one of four genres (poetry, fiction, memoir, or journalism), discuss literature at the college level with current English department faculty, and attend professional readings. They will explore the world of literary internships and grants in publishing, writing, and editing, and learn what it’s like to work at college publications such as Cherry Tree, Washington College’s national literary journal.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.

    Do You. Do it All. Do it Here.