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Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference

The 2021 Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference Online takes place July 14-17.

Registration deadline: July 1 


About the conference:

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 will experience the thriving literary community at Washington College, and discover the many opportunities available to undergraduates here: internships and 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.

All conference participants will take intensive creative writing workshops in their choice of genre (poetry, fiction, journalism, or memoir), discuss literature at the college level with current English department faculty, attend professional readings, craft talks and writing panels hosted by the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and take a workshop on how to write effective college admissions statements. 



For further questions, don't hesitate to contact conference coordinator Franci Revel at

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

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