YAWP is a summer
writing project for students from 8th to 12th grades who want
to integrate meaningful and authentic writing into their life
work. Our vision is that through our poetry and our stories, we
learn the language that brings healing and peace into our own
lives and communities. Every summer young writers from all over
Arizona come together as a community to write about their lives,
where they are from, and what matters. Published writers visit us to share their own stories, ideas and writing styles
as well. Throughout our three weeks together, we work closely
and carefully, learning the art of critique and discovering the
power of our words. At the end we publish a collection of our
work to take away with us, as ripples in a huge sea, hungry for
stories, the language that heals.
want a language of that different yield. A yield rich
as the harvests of earth, a yield that returns us to our own
sacredness, to a self-love and respect that will carry out to
July 29, 2008
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How We Got Here
YAWP was founded
in 1995 by two teachers who had just completed their work with
the Greater Phoenix Area Writing Project [GPAWP].
They talked about the need for a writing workshop based on the
GPAWP program, that would offer authentic writing opportunities
for high school students. Through the vision and support of G.
Lynn Nelson, former director of GPAWP and author of Writing and Being,
YAWP opened its doors in the summer of 1996 with 13 students.
Since then our program has expanded, and becomes richer every
year with new and returning students and visiting writers and
Entering the River with Us?
YAWP members come
to the summer writing program through teacher or other adult recommendation.
We meet for three weeks at the beginning of June, Mondays through
Fridays, 8:45 am to 12:30 pm at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Tuition is $300 per student. You must
be able to provide your own transportation to and from ASU. Good
attendance is essential. Click here for current Summer Program dates. You can download an application or call (480) 965-7611 to have an application mailed to you. Please
don't hesitate to call for further information.