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The Rose O'Neill

Literary House

Home to the famous Sophie Kerr Prize (the largest undergraduate writing prize in the country), Washington College has made a name for itself as a school for writers, a place where aspiring poets, novelists, and memoirists can study with prize-winning authors to hone their craft.

At the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can experience the literary community that Washington College has to offer and discover the many opportunities available to undergraduates: internships and funding grants in publishing, writing, and editing; a host of student-run publications; and the chance to serve as editorial screeners on Cherry Tree, Washington College’s national literary journal.

At the Young Writers’ Conference, students can take intensive creative writing workshops in a choice of three genres (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). They can discuss literature at the college level with current English department faculty. They can attend professional readings at the Rose O’Neill Literary House. They can even take a class in how to draft effective college admissions statements. 

The 2020 Conference will be July 15-18!



2019 CTYWC group photo

All proceeds are used solely to benefit the operation of the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference and all associated programs.