826CHI Teen Writers Studio 2020-2021 Application
Thanks for your interest in joining the 826CHI Teen Writers Studio for the 2020-2021 term! Please CAREFULLY complete this application. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Teen Writers Studio is a space for rising writers and leaders to meet, write, and work collaboratively. It's open to anyone in 9th-12th grade. In addition to attending the Monday meetings, TWS members complete a 20-hour service requirement over the course of the school year by volunteering in 826CHI's After School Writing Lab program and/or other opportunities provided by the program.

TWS membership involves serving as an ambassador for 826CHI at literary events across the city of Chicago— members are expected to participate in at least two outreach events per semester. Service hours are awarded for outreach and community engagement.

Please note: We are looking for high school aged youth who can make the commitment to the year-long program. TWS meets over the course of the entire academic year and works towards a culminating publishing project that builds on all workshop sessions. Students are allowed no more than two excused absences per semester.


WHAT: Workshop sessions starting October 20 2020 and going until June 2021.
WHEN: Tuesdays from 6:30PM-8PM.
WHERE: Virtually via Google Classroom and Zoom platforms
WHO: 20 high school aged youth in grades 9 through 12; TWS is led by 826CHI staff, with support from 826CHI volunteers and guest writers.

Please contact natasha@826chi.org with any questions.
Fill this out first with a parent present *
Meet Yerika, a past member of Teen Writers Studio!
What are some ways that TWS can support your learning and writing? *
Which neighborhood do you call home? *
TWS SCHEDULE: We will meet every Tuesday. A calendar will be shared once all dates are finalized. Please acknowledge that you have been notified by clicking I understand below! *
This past year, we created a cohort system in which cohorts met monthly to learn various writing-industry based skills. Please indicate which cohort you would like to be in this year. *
What do you hope to get out of your time with the 826CHI Teen Writers Studio this year? *
What do you believe is the responsibility of a writer? *
What would you like the topic or theme of the chapbook to be? What do you want to write/learn more about? *
What is one goal that you have for yourself as a writer and as a person? How can TWS contribute to that goal? *
What conversations demand attention but are often never talked about? Which of these discussions/topics would you like to have with TWS? *
How can we make the virtual aspect of the program engaging and interesting for you? *
TWS members are required to complete 20 volunteer hours with 826CHI over the course of the 2020-2021 school year. Do you commit to volunteering at 826CHI programs? *
Volunteer opportunities for TWS members include after-school tutoring, workshops, and representing TWS at literary events.
Are you interested in serving as an ambassador for 826CHI at literary and youth events across Chicago? *
TWS members are expected to participate in at least two extracurricular events per semester. Opportunities include: Chi Teen Lit Fest, Zine Fest, Chicago Youth Talks, Essay Fiesta, and more.
We'll be working on a book project throughout the year. Do you foresee any conflicts that would get in the way of your commitment to attending our meetings on Tuesdays? *
Example: sports, babysitting, other commitments
Have you participated in TWS in the past? *
Thanks for applying to TWS 2020-2021. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
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