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The Porch youth programs help emerging writers in grades 2-12 build a creative community while exploring and practicing creative writing in its many forms.

We offer youth writing workshops in all genres, including poetry, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, journaling, screenwriting, and more. We love to help students dive deeper into their favorite writing styles and also explore new forms they’ve never tried before. Sign up for our youth newsletter to get the latest updates on new classes, camps, and events.

Words & Music: A Collaboration with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra

$5 • Saturday, february 18 • 12:00 - 1:00 pm ct
in person at porch house
2811 Dogwood pl., nashville, tn 37204

This session is only open to teen writers. We’re offering this course at a discounted rate as part of the Porch’s ongoing commitment to provide low-cost writing enrichment for young people. If you are over 18 years old, please search for the adult version of this class.

The Porch is excited to partner with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO), a volunteer community orchestra that brings free performances to a wide variety of audiences throughout the year. In this special one-day workshop, students will listen to excerpts from a piece of classical music that will be performed by the NPO in an upcoming concert. The instructor, Yurina Yoshikawa, will guide the students as they write down their sensory and emotional responses to the music. At the end, students will have the option to share these responses to be printed and displayed at the NPO concert venues. Students may also consent to sharing their work through the orchestra's social media and concert brochures. This class is designed for listeners and writers of all levels. No prior knowledge of classical music required!

The NPO concerts will take place on March 5 and 7, 2023.

Special note: There is currently a film crew making a documentary about the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, and there is a chance that the student and/or their written response might make an appearance in the final film (tentatively to be released Fall 2023). The instructor will have release agreements ready for parents and/or guardians to sign prior to the class.


Writing Sports Fiction (For Teens)

$5 • Saturday, february 25 • 12:00 - 1:00 pm ct
in person at STUDIO NPL, nashville public library main branch
615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

Sports go hand in hand with storytelling, drama, and the unexpected. Sure, it’s fun to see the exceptional athleticism of a perfect swish or a thrilling touchdown run. But it’s never just about the game. Our hearts are engaged by the stories happening just below the surface. Come out to this interactive class and explore how to capture the magic of your favorite sport and put it down on the page.

J. F. Ewert is a creative writer and consultant. He’s the author of Blue Ice and Other Stories from the Rink, along with occasional essays and reviews. As a Canadian emigrant, he’s grateful for Nashville’s ice rinks. When he’s not writing or playing hockey, he’s supporting his sons as they delve into the worlds of baseball and soccer.


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SLANT Creative Writing Summer Camp 2024

4-6 Grade: july 15-19, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
7-9 grade: july 22-26, 9:30AM - 12:00pm
2811 Dogwood place, Nashville, TN 37204 • $220
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 established 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 of 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. 

Location: The Porch House - 2811 Dogwood Place
Registration Cost: $220

Camp SLANT: Grades 4-6
July 15-19, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Register Here

Camp SLANT: Grades 7-9
July 22-26, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Register Here

Scholarships are available! Email to request an application.

Community Partnerships

In addition to the Porch-hosted classes listed above, we also partner with Nashville area schools, after-school programs, libraries, and community centers to provide creative writing workshops in many genres. ThePorch is a registered vendor for MNPS, NPL, and NAZA. We are happy to meet in-person or virtually.  

We love finding creative ways to collaborate with other organizations in Middle Tennessee. Our youth programs have partnered with OZArts, TIRRC, Conexión Américas, The Cumberland River Compact, YWCA, TheNashville Philharmonic Orchestra, WPLN, and more.  

If you are interested in partnering or would like to have The Porch visit your school, after-school program, or home-school group, we would love to connect. Please direct youth programming inquiries and questions to

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