ROCK ISLAND, Il–For young people in the Quad Cities who are passionate about writing and creative expression, the Midwest Writing Center offers the innovative Young Emerging Writers (YEW) Summer Internship Program. This selective seven-week program will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 6 through July 20.
Students who work on the school newspaper, school literary magazine or yearbook, or who just love writing and/or page layout and graphic design, are ideal candidates for YEW. The ultimate goal of the program is development of intern writing abilities and the production and distribution of a literary journal representing the best work of the participants.
Young Emerging Writer internships feature intensive seminars in poetry, narrative prose (fiction & nonfiction) and collaborative writing among other kinds of creative writing in a professional learning atmosphere. Interns will learn about magazine design and layout as well as gain editorial and copy-editing experience. The program culminates with the production of The Atlas, a high-quality literary journal featuring the best work produced by the interns over the course of the program. The journal will be released at The Atlas 17 Release Party, an open house where interns read from their selected works and the journal is made available to the public. The Launch Party will take place at Rozz-Tox and via livestream on Thursday, August 18, and will be available free to the public.
12 to 15 interns will be selected for the program on the basis of their application forms, writing or design samples, and interviews. Writing at home is required, as is reading and responding to work by other interns. Each intern will also receive a small stipend, a free full-conference registration the David R. Collins Writers’ Conference, a one-year membership to the Midwest Writing Center, and three copies of The Atlas.
Applications are available now at the MWC website at www.mwcqc.org/events-opportunities/youth-programming/young-emerging-writers-internship/. The deadline to submit an application is May 16. Interviews will be conducted via phone. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 or via email at [email protected].
Funding and material support for the 2022 Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program generously provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, Modern Woodmen of America, the CD Wiman Memorial Trust, the Melivn McKay Charitable Trust, the Rock Island Public Library, and Rozz-Tox.
Information on YEW 2022 Meeting Format
The Midwest Writing Center is planning to meet in-person at MWC. The program will be meeting in the Community Room upstairs from their offices in the Rock Island Public Library. They will be set up for people to meet virtually as needed, and will have a couple meetings on Zoom or at alternate locations that will be determined at a later date. They are planning the public events to be in-person and livestreamed on their various social media platforms.
If you are interested in applying, but have concerns about in-person meetings, internet or computer access, or anything else, please contact The Midwest Writing Center—they will work with all of their interns to make sure they have what they need to participate, and a lack of computer or consistent internet access are not required to apply.
Young Emerging Writers 2022 – Meeting Dates
(all regular meetings are Mon.-Wed., 5-7:30 p.m. at the Midwest Writing Center and via Zoom)
Week 1: June 7-9
Week 2: June 14-16
Week 3: June 21-23 (DRC Conference June 24-26)
Week 4: June 28-30
Week 5: July 6-7
Week 6: July 12-14
Week 7: July 19-21
YEW Public Reading
Thursday, July 21 (more info TBA)
The Atlas 17 Virtual Release Party
Thursday, August 18 – Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave Rock Island) and via lievtream
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