Young Writers Workshop

Get Carried Away to Another World
Twisters scream across our wheat and sunflower fields and dance along our green gullies and Ozark hills, carrying cows and imaginations to far-off lands. Our tales here are tall and twisted, our storytelling heritage as rich as the Mississippi herself. The trails West started and crossed here, leading people on journeys that changed them and the world. It can do the same for you.

MidAmeriCon II invites members ages 13 to 19 to attend our free teen writing workshop, specially recommended panels, and open writers studios, and to network with staff and fellow young creatives throughout the convention weekend.

Professional authors will write critiques of submissions prior to the convention. Workshop participants will also peer-critique the stories and meet with workshop coordinators for a one hour exclusive Q&A with Guest of Honor, Tamora Pierce, and a two-hour critique session during the convention.

Reserving a Slot
Workshop slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but know that we will do our best to accommodate anyone who wants to join us. Capacity is dependent on both the number of professional writers who volunteer to read and critique for us and on the convention space available.

We’ll begin accepting submissions June 15th through August 7th. You must complete the application form and submit an original short story to be critiqued prior to the workshop on Saturday, August 20.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Author should be between 13 – 19 years old at the time of the convention.
  • Stories must have clear science fiction, fantasy, or horror elements.
  • Stories should not be fan fiction or a part of a longer work.
  • Length should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words.
  • Formatted in double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font with 1” margins.

Workshop Format
The workshops will consist of craft and critique sessions that teach students about elements of writing and editing speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror), and of being a good reader for others. Studio sessions are designed to provide writers with the opportunity to work with one-another and with workshop leaders on their projects in an organic and collaborative way.

Join us in building a network to support young writers in developing their voice and honing their craft. Our program seeks to help students find a warm and nurturing peer group, and discover that good writing comes not from a vacuum, but from community.

The Young Writers Workshop is free, but requires membership to MidAmeriCon II. Scholarships for membership are available to students. For more information, send an email to