Youth Intensive Writing Workshop & Ask an Author





It takes time and courage to write and to write well. A regular writing practice and insightful feedback can help teens and tweens who want to write by reminding them that they are not alone.  

This class is for the dedicated teen or tween writer who is committed to their creative writing and determined to make it the very best it can be. As a part of this class, writers will have the unique opportunity to be a support to other teen and tween writers while working on their own projects.

How it works: In this intensive workshop class we will meet five times over the fall for two hours, with the bulk of time progressively spent workshopping the stories, essays, and poems of our classmates. Each writer will have the chance to submit their work to the group on four occasions. During each class a brief period of time will be spent discussing Dallas Woodburn's novel  THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED along with practical techniques and o writing prompts to demystify the writing process. 

Each writer will submit no more than 8 pages of work for four of the five workshops or 8,000 words maximum for the fall session. The bulk of time in this class will be spent working on one’s own writing. The class is set up to keep you focused on your own writing but also requires you to respond to each other’s work with an eye toward how other writers makes artistic choices. 

Ask An Author: We will be reading THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED and conversing with the amazing Dallas Woodburn about her novel. Each student will need to purchase a copy of THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED  in order to keep up with class discussions. To learn more about Dallas visit





Who is the Instructor?
Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona, and at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit

When is this class offered?

This class is offered virtually once a month for five months and meets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on Saturdays 8/29, 9/26, 10/31, 11/21, 12/19.

Who should take this class?
Open to writers 11 years and older who are fascinated by creative writing and eager to learn more.. Class is capped at 10 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class.

What is the cost?
$250 and includes the option to meet with Melissa for a 30-minute, one-on-one conference via Zoom or phone during the first and/or last week of the workshop.