Enrollment is now closed. Our next workshop is Opinion Journalism on November 14-15. Sign up to get notified when enrollment opens here.

From raging fires in Australia and California to powerful typhoons in Japan to record-breaking melt in the Arctic, the dire effects of climate change have never been more evident. But don’t feel helpless—get writing! Join the global movement of young people on the cutting edge of climate change activism by lifting your voice to champion the environment. 

In one weekend, you’ll learn how to use your pen to advocate for and explore your relationship with the environment. No matter your preferred genre (poetry, personal narrative, opinion writing), approach (advocacy, appreciation), or interests (science, art, personal identity), join us for this special workshop and raise your voice through environmental writing. At the end of the weekend, you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of your connection to the natural world, from the starlings and spruces in your backyard to the oceans spanning the globe, and, most importantly, the tools you need to lift your pen to champion a sustainable future.

Your work will be part of a collection of masterful environmental writing produced by Write the World’s young writers, from our published collection Writers on Earth (spotlighted in The New Yorker) to the pieces featured on PRI’s The World.

Saturday, October 17, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Meet your expert educators and fellow writers from around the world, all dedicated to advocating for the earth
  • Get inspired by the breadth, depth, and importance of the genre and diversity of environmental writers
  • Pick up your pen to explore your relationship with the environment through personal reflection
  • Experiment with the many ways that poetry can illuminate the environment and our relationship with our planet
After Session 1
  • Submit either your poem or reflection for individualized expert feedback from our team of writing mentors
  • Share your writing insights and connect with your fellow writers and their work by providing three reviews to your workshop peers
  • Receive expert, personalized feedback on your submitted writing from your writing mentor, with the supportive advice you need to take it to the next level
  • Get insights and encouragement from your fellow writers on your work
Sunday, October 18, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Get all your questions about the field of environmental writing answered in a live Q&A with noted environmental writer Jonathan Mingle
  • Capture profound truths about climate with brevity by exploring flash fiction and the new genre of cli-fi (climate fiction)
  • Assert your voice as you advocate for the environment through op-ed writing
After Session 2
  • Submit either your flash fiction piece or op-ed for individualized expert feedback from our team of writing mentors
  • Give your fellow writers a boost by writing three thoughtful peer reviews on their work
  • Receive a certificate of completion that recognizes your entry into environmental writing
  • Incorporate your mentors’ and peers’ feedback to revise and submit two pieces of your writing for our Environmental Writing Anthology 
Participants will receive
  • Digital copy of Writers on Earth (for participants with Amazon accounts and access to a free Kindle download)
  • Discount to apply to a future Write the World workshop

WHEN: Saturday, October 17–Sunday, October 18. Each day will consist of a two hour online session from 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. EDT, with an additional 1-2 hours of independent activities after the workshops.

WHO: We welcome students ages 13–18 of any writing level or experience who are interested in advocating for or exploring the natural environment through words. 

Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during the online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).

EDUCATORS: Meet our team of expert writing mentors here.

FAQ for Parents: If you are a parent/guardian, find out more about our moderation and privacy policy along with more in-depth details here

COST: 279 USD per participant. Cancellations after October 12 will not be refunded.

ENROLLMENT: Enrollment is now closed. Our next workshop is Opinion Journalism on November 14-15. Sign up to get notified when enrollment opens here.

About Write the World

Founded in 2012 at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership initiative, Write the World is the global platform for student writers. Using pedagogical methods developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we are expert at guiding students through the writing process, from first drafts to publication-worthy pieces. We host monthly writing competitions in a variety of genres featuring noted guest judges, including Sarah Hurwitz, who served as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama; United States Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman; and United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. We’ve partnered with Facing History and OurselvesJournalism Education AssociationJFK Library Foundation, and PEN America. The writing produced on our platform has been highlighted in The New Yorker and PRI’s The World.

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