Get them started early: Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program for Young Writers

by Kelsey Beyeler

The Porch is proud to partner with the Adroit Journal to help promote its 7th annual Summer Mentorship Program for young writers. This program was created for high schoolers to experience the processes of writing, revising, and editing their creative works with the help of accomplished mentors. Using an online platform, mentors meet weekly or bi-weekly with their students to provide individualized guidance in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. There is no formal instruction or curriculum between students and mentors, but rather a more relaxed, organic correspondence that honors the communal and collaborative nature of creative writing. And the best part? It is completely free for all participants!


Although the Summer Mentorship Program does not create a competitive atmosphere, many of its past participants have gone on to submit their writing to scholastic and international writing competitions. Over 150 of its writers have been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and 11 have received the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Students of all calibers are encouraged to participate, whether they are experiencing the writing process for the first time or refining their skills with intent to submit a piece.

The program begins June 23rd and concludes on August 3rd. Applications will be open from March 15, 2019 until April 15, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). Interested students can click here to check out the 2019 Mentorship Information Booklet, and can click here for application guidelines.

If a young person in your life is interested in creative writing but not yet old enough to enter the Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program, click here to learn more about The Porch’s Camp SLANT, a summer writing camp open to 5th - 8th graders!