FAQ for Parents and Guardians

Are Write the World’s Weekend Writing Workshops the right fit for my child?

Our Weekend Writing Workshops are an excellent way for teens ages 13-18 to explore a breadth of writing genres and techniques within a supportive community of educators and peers. Whether your teen is an avid author or penning their first piece, we welcome their participation and will provide personalized feedback to accommodate different skill levels and strengths. Participants will connect with other teens around the world through the process of peer review—stepping into the role of “editor” as they give feedback and reflect on comments received from other student writers. In addition, your teen will receive personalized mentoring from our team.

Are the workshops moderated?

Yes. Write the World’s (WtW) team of site moderators will read all published content following established site terms. WtW is committed to maintaining a supportive writing community for its members.

How many young writers participate? 

Workshops are limited to around 20 participants in order to maintain cohesion and support community-building. We also incorporate breakout-room activities into our synchronous Zoom sessions to allow young writers to connect in smaller groups.

Who facilitates these workshops?

The workshop offers two tiers of facilitation. Daily synchronous activities (2 hrs) will be led by one or more of the educators on our team. During the weekend, we will often feature a special guest appearance by a noted author, editor, or publishing professional working within the genre we are exploring. Your child will also receive personalized feedback through comments and rubrics designed to support young writers’ growth. This will be conducted in an asynchronous format.

How long will my child be writing each day? What does “self-guided” mean?

We will host 2 hours of synchronous activities through video conference via Zoom each weekend day (12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET). Then, your young writer will have a specific set of prompts and peer reviews to complete each day. This self-guided writing should take 1-2 hours each day, depending on your child’s pace and approach. We will provide feedback on this writing asynchronously.

What kinds of prompts will you offer?

Our workshops introduce and guide participants through multiple writing genres (i.e. poetry, reflection/personal narrative, opinion writing) dependent on the workshop theme. Our engaging prompts focus both on “product” and “process.” Through understanding the “process” of writing, participants will build a toolbox of techniques—knowledge of characterization, dialogue, setting, argument—to use when composing full-length pieces. WtW also offers a mix of brief prompts that encourage bulleted lists or one-sentence replies; these are geared towards community-building. To get a broader sense of WtW’s prompts and our wider community, your child can sign up to www.writetheworld.com in advance of the workshop.

If you have any other questions we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at hello@writetheworld.com

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