The WNY Young Writers’ Studio is a community of writers and teachers of writing. We meet throughout the year to explore what good writing is and how to support one another as we work toward creating it. Fellows of our program come from different schools, universities, and organizations, and we meet throughout the year. Many of us have been a part of the community since it began in 2008.
Teachers who join us may earn professional development credit with administrative approval. Leadership opportunities are available to those who are interested. Fellows have presented at local and state conferences, published their own work, facilitated workshops and residency programs, and collaborated across districts by participating in collegial visitations and critical friends’ groups.
Young writers who demonstrate an interest in becoming teachers of writing are provided internship opportunities, professional development support, and scholarships to attend their own Studio sessions. We work with writers entering grades 2-12, and this year, our graduates will begin coming back to us even as they enter college.
Our work together continues at Daemen College in Amherst this year, and new communities are forming at the Kenan Center in Lockport, at the Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, and at Grand Island Middle School.