Youth

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Find your people.

The Porch youth program fosters emerging writers in grades 3 - 12 by providing opportunities to learn and practice creative writing in its many forms and to connect with other young literary artists.

In addition to our online workshops, we partner with Nashville area schools, after-school programs, libraries, and community centers to provide creative writing workshops in many genres. While all of our in-person workshops are currently suspended, we can still write together!

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Creative Translations: Grades 6-8

AM Ringwalt
Saturday
Apr 17
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Apr 17

The Power of Multiple You: Grades 9-12

Ciona Rouse
Saturday
Apr 17
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Apr 17

Invitation to the Feast: Grades 3-5

Madelin Parsley
Saturday
Apr 24
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Apr 24

Write What You Don't Know: Grades 9-12

Ciona Rouse
Saturday
May 15
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May 15

More About Youth Programming

Our mission is to foster Nashville’s literary community by providing emerging writers in grades 3 - 12 opportunities to learn and practice creative writing in its many forms.
Writing Workshops
We partner with Nashville area schools, after-school programs, libraries, and community centers to provide creative writing workshops in many genres. Due to COVID-19, all of our in-person workshops are currently suspended. But we can still write together! Check out our list of online workshops available for elementary, middle, and high school writers.Please send questions to joe [at] porchtn [dot] org.

Summer Camp

2021 Registration Now Open
Do you love to make up stories, poems, or songs? Do you love to scribble in your journal? Discover new ways to bring your words to life with help from prominent Nashville authors. Over the course of five days, you’ll learn tips used by famous writers and kickstart your own stories and poems with a variety writing activities and creative prompts. Whether you’re a new writer or already have a journal full of ideas, this is the perfect chance to develop your skills alongside other young writers who share your passion. Write hard, have fun, and tell your stories the way only you can.

Registration Cost: $200
Camp SLANT: Grades 4-6
July 12-16
Register Here

Camp SLANT: Grades 7-9
July 19-23
Register Here


COVID-19 and Meeting In Person

We hope to meet in person at The Porch headquarters this year (2811 Dogwood Place), but safety remains our top priority. Here are the guidelines we are following to ensure the safety of students and instructors. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

·      All instructors must be fully vaccinated before camp begins. We are currently very confident that this will be possible. However,if there are complications with the vaccine rollout and our instructors are not able to be vaccinated, the camps will transition to an online format.
·      All students, instructors, and parents will be required to wear masks while inside The Porch building.
·      Snacks will be provided but all eating and drinking will take place in our outdoor area.
·      Surfaces will be thoroughly disinfected everyday before students arrive.


Scholarships available. To inquire about applying, contact Joe@porchtn.org.

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