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The Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing, is dedicated to mentoring middle and high school students in the development of creative expression and critical thinking through the writing and performing arts.The YAWP curriculum sends professional writers and writing teachers into Long Island schools with a variety of innovative, inter-disciplinary writing workshops, including:

  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Personal Essay
  • Fiction
  • Feature Writing

… all of which conclude with special projects and presentations, as well as potential vodcasts, blogs and/or publication in the YAWP Ezine.

The goals of YAWP include:

– To enhance critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills

– To help each student find and develop his/her unique voice

– To foster the use of creative expression as a way to solve problems and promote compassion and global awareness

– To advance 21st century skills while supporting ELA requirements

– To provide students from diverse school districts with a collaborative, non-competitive community experience

– To develop and support the next generation of readers and writers. YAWP programs pair professional writers and artists with middle and high school students in a variety of interdisciplinary writing programs, including scriptwriting, personal essay, poetry and fiction.

Workshops are offered in school residencies as well as in spring break and summer workshops on the Stony Brook Southampton campus.

STONY BROOK SOUTHAMPTON MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING AND LITERATURE

  • Robert Reeves, Associate Provost
  • Carla Caglioti, Assistant Dean
  • Lou Ann Walker – MFA Director

YOUNG ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROJECT PROGRAMMATIC STAFF

  • Executive Director – Emma Walton Hamilton
  • Program Director – Will Chandler
  • Producer – Stephen Hamilton
  • Playwriting – Will Chandler & Emma Walton Hamilton
  • Screenwriting – Annette Handley-Chandler
  • Fiction & Personal Essay – LouAnn Walker
  • Poetry – Julie Sheehan

Click here to learn more about the YAWP Programs.


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