your word Teen Writing Residency

Program Dates: July 24 – August 6, 2016          APPLICATION DEADLINE – Closed for Summer 2016

your word Readings:

Free and open to the public. The following events will be held at ACA Main Campus, Joan James Harris Theater. Each reading will start at 7:30 PM. For full details, click links below or call (386) 423-1753.

Master Writers:

Poet- John Murillo
Fiction Writer- Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai
Genre Writer- Madeleine Roux
Madeleine Roux

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and genre writing, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.

your word Teen Creative Writing Residency will be held from July 24 through Aug 6, 2016, offering 24 participants an extraordinary opportunity to explore and expand the power of their individual voices through writing workshops. The program will take place at Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists’ community on the east coast of central Florida.

ACA’s your word teen writing residency is for teens ages 14-18 and offers teen writers a wonderful opportunity to study with top-notch Master Writers while exploring their creativity in a nurturing environment.

More Details

The Residency: Students will join three Master Writers, one in each of the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Genre-writing (science fiction, paranormal, romance, etc.). Teens will select their primary genre, where they will spend the most time, but there also will be opportunities to explore the two other genres. Scheduled recreational activities include evening events with guest writers and readings, visiting writer talks via the internet, a marine Eco-tour, a trip to New Smyrna’s beaches, day trips, as well as movies and impromptu events. Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Director of Community Programs, Ren Morrison will facilitate the program, and chaperones will be on-site 24-hours a day throughout the program. The residency provides mentorship by Master Writers as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with peers.

Facilities & Housing: Atlantic Center for the Arts is located on 10 acres of pine and palmetto forest, representing the interaction between nature, environment and creativity. Nestled within a 67-acre ecological preserve, the campus is connected by raised boardwalks. Students will reside in two buildings containing 28 single occupancy housing units (4 handicap-accessible) furnished with double bed, private bathroom, work desk, small refrigerator, and linens. Atlantic Center’s award winning studio complex includes a dining hall, digital media lab, library, administration building, and a visitor center & gallery. Click here to read more.

Cost of Residency (includes room, board, and workshops):  $1,895
There are a limited number of scholarships available for Volusia County residents (Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. Scholarship). Apply on application.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE – Closed for Summer 2016

Please click here to apply to your word on Submittable. It is suggested that applicants take time before filling out the online application to prepare materials for submission.

The selection process for your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is competitive. Atlantic Center for the Arts receives the applications and the Master Writers select which teen writers they will be working with. The application process is online, but hard copy application and materials may be sent in if necessary.

Your application will require the following materials: 

  1. Complete all required fields of the online application form
  2. Statement of Intent: Why do you want to attend this residency? What do you hope to accomplish if you are accepted? (,pdf, .doc., .docx)
  3. Writing Sample: 3 pages (.pdf, .doc.,.docx)

Writing Sample Requirements

You may include more than one genre in your sample (for example, 1 poem, and 2 pages of fiction), but the entire sample is limited to 3 pages. Your writing sample should include a sample of work in your strongest genre, but may include work in one or more of the other genres.

  • Please use double-spaced lines for prose and single-spaced lines for poetry.
  • Do not upload more pages than required. Extra pages will not be reviewed.
  • Do not submit additional materials. Only the requested information will be reviewed.

To Apply

  1. Visit the Submissions page for the Your Word Program
  2. Complete all required fields on the submission form
  3. Upload your statement of intent and writing sample
  4. Pay the $20 application fee at the bottom of the page

For questions or more information, contact Ren Morrison, Director of Community Programs at or 386-423-1753 x 11.