Sign up for Central Arizona Writing Project’s 2013 Writing Contest Workshop

Hosted by the Central Arizona Writing Project’s rl txt Youth Writing Program this December 7th at Arizona State University in Tempe

This ninety-minute workshop will revolve around polishing a poem, story, or essay and then completing the entry forms to enter it in a national writing contest. Each young author will leave the workshop with submissions prepared to enter any or all of three writing contests.
  1. Every student will leave the workshop having submitted an entry in one or more categories in the Central Arizona Writing Project Youth Writing Contest.
  2. The 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards
  3. The Writing Conference, Inc. Contest
Workshop details
Date: Saturday December 7, 2013
Time: From 9:00-10:30am
Location: ASU Tempe Campus; Lattie Coor Hall; L1-50/L1-54 (free parking nearby)
Cost: $45 (checks only)

Click here for information on participating and to register.

The name “rl txt” intends to send a subliminal message: this program is about producing genuine writing, writing with voice, not something scripted but something self-initiated and meaningful to the writer — writing that matters.

Ceremony, Skype with author Jessica Brody this Saturday

Award-winning young authors welcome to invite family members, your teacher, and a friend to Arizona’s Scholastic Writing Awards state ceremony on April 13th 
Young authors pose after the YAA's inaugural awards ceremony on April 14, 2012. RSVP to this year's ceremony by filing out the 2013 AZ Scholastic Writing Ceremony RSVP form on the right-hand column of this page.
Young authors pose after the YAA’s inaugural awards ceremony on April 14, 2012. RSVP to this year’s ceremony by filing out the 2013 AZ Scholastic Writing Ceremony RSVP form on the right-hand column of this page.

It’s official! The Scholastic Writing Awards finalized all national awards on March 15th and six young authors of Arizona have been invited to the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall.  These six and nearly a hundred more peers also earned recognition in the state of Arizona.

All 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards authors that earned Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention for the YAA (Young Authors of Arizona) region are invited to attend Arizona’s annual Scholastic Writing Awards ceremony to receive their awards and meet peers, fellow grade 7-12 standout authors from around the state.

The Saturday, April 13th ceremony will be in the auditorium of Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the ceremony will be held from 5:30 – 6:30, and light food and refreshments will be served at our reception from 6:45 – 7:45.

How to RSVP

Ceremony admission is free for you the author, your family members, and a friend. Please consult with family and fill out the RSVP survey on the right side of this page.

Mentor teachers, too, are welcome to attend, bring a guest, and receive recognition. Let your teacher know by directing him or her to TeenTrails.org to RSVP!

Attire

Dress is encouraged to be semi-formal but, like your writing, we don’t want to censor you.

 

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Six works, five authors earn national recognition in the 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards

Young writers join a prestigious list of Awards alumni including Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates & Robert Redford 

New York, NY — March 5, 2013 — The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers, announced its 2013 National Award recipients. Arizona had six students awarded national medals from a panel of distinguished The students all submitted their work to the competition through the Young Authors of Arizona affiliate.

More than 1,600 of the most talented and ambitious students in grades 7-12, representing 47 U.S. states, as well as students in Washington, DC and American schools abroad, were chosen to receive national medals.

Students’ works were blindly adjudicated, first locally through the 116 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the presenting nonprofit of the Awards, and then nationally by panels of judges comprised of renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals. This year’s list of jurors included Edwidge Danticat, Myla Goldberg, Kurt Andersen, Althea Harper, Red Grooms, and Andres Serrano.

Works were judged on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice. Teachers of national winners were also recognized with awards. 2013 marks the 90th anniversary of the Awards, and this year’s program attracted more participants than ever before. More than 230,000 submissions were received in 28 categories, including dramatic script, journalism, humor, novel-writing, science-fiction, as well as painting, sculpture, photography, fashion design, film and animation, and video game design, among others.

In Arizona, the following students were honored:

  • Haley Lee, Scottsdale, BASIS Scottsdale, American Voices Medal, Poetry
  • Aamena Mookadam, Scottsdale, Desert Canyon Middle School, Silver Medal, Poetry
  • Savannah Spotts, Flagstaff, Northland Preparatory Academy, Silver Medal, Poetry
  • Pauline Shongov, Phoenix, Phoenix Country Day School, Silver Medal, Writing Portfolio
  • Pauline Shongov, Phoenix, Phoenix Country Day School, Silver Medal, Flash Fiction
  • Stirling McDaniel, Scottsdale, BASIS Scottsdale, Silver Medal, Science Fiction/Fantasy

A complete list of winners across the United States is available here.

“This 90th year of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards demonstrates just how vital the program is to America’s creative young people,” said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. “We received more entries than ever before, and the depth of talent from all across the country is astounding. In some cases, an Award and its attendant scholarships can make the difference between whether or not a young writer or artist attends college. We are privileged to provide recognition and assistance to these deserving young people, and to celebrate the importance of arts education in American cultural life.”

This year’s National Celebration will kick off in New York City on May 31 when the Empire State Building will be illuminated in gold, and the LED super signs at 1515 Broadway in Times Square will feature the Awards throughout the day. That evening, national gold medal level winners will be honored onstage at a special ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. In addition, for the first time ever, in celebration of the 90th Anniversary, the ceremony will be webcast live from Carnegie Hall.

Select Award- winning art and writing will be exhibited at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery through June 15, 2013. The exhibition and accompanying public programs are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design.

Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country, including Maryland Institute College

of Art (MICA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Desig (RISD), the School of Visual Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University. Distinguished alumni include Andy Warhol, Ken Burns, Robert Redford, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Lena Dunham, Cy Twombly, John Baldessari, John Updike, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King and Red Grooms.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, Amazon.com, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.

For more information, please visit the media room.

ASU’s “rl txt” summer institute

ASU’s “rl txt” summer institute

Enjoy a non-evaluative environment for young authors, sponsored by ASU English youth programming, in partnership with CAWP (Central Arizona Writing Program)

A component of the ASU Department of English youth programming, rl txt (“Real Text” in cyber-speak) is an institute designed to offer young writers a non-evaluative environment in which to explore the power of writing.

Staffed by veteran K-12 English teachers, rl txt’s 2013 institute will be held on ASU’s Tempe Campus. There will be two sessions to select from:
*  Session A:  June 3 – June 14, 2013
OR
*  Session B:  June 17 – June 28, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm
Monday through Friday

Offering time and inspiration, rl txt sessions support writers in a collaborative atmosphere as they interact with other authors and share works in progress. Writers will immerse themselves in the creative task of writing in a variety of genres, not limited to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

rl txt participants will get the opportunity to mirror the craft of real writers producing real texts. Institute sessions will include:

  • Guest presenters
  • Daily writing workshops
  • Activities to promote creativity
  • Writing marathons
  • Illuminated texts
  • Craft secrets
  • Nature/science observation and writing

The name rl txt intends to send a subliminal message: this program is about producing genuine writing, writing with voice, not something scripted but something self-initiated and meaningful to the writer — writing that matters.

To apply to rl txt, download your application: 2013 rltxt application.

For additional information on rl txt, please email: Tina Norgren at tina.norgren@asu.edu.

2012 AZ Scholastic Awards honorees

Congratulations to the following inaugural authors for the Young Authors of AZ affiliate

The Young Authors of Arizona and its sponsor, the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA), are pleased to recognize the Scholastic Writing Awards honorees of 2012!

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Gold Medal Winner

(selected by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for best works, nationwide)
Haley Lee “Back of an Ambulance, They Are the Patriots, Suicide Summer, Cement Breath” Poetry

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver Medal Winners

(selected by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for best works, nationwide)
Elise Boyle writing portfolio
Priscilla Back “A Temporary Fixation” poetry anthology

American Voices Honorees

(selected as top five works, statewide, by the Young Authors of Arizona judges)
American Voices winner: Haley Lee “Back of an Ambulance, They Are the Patriots, Suicide Summer, Cement Breath” Poetry
Madelyn McCaleb “For a Minute There, I almost Lost Myself” Personal Essay/Memoir
Sarah Stolll “The Yellow Umbrella” Short Story
Sabrina Ramirez “The Hands of a Child”
Julie Bizon “The Story of a Stray”

Young Authors of Arizona Gold Key Winners

(selected through blind adjudication by the Young Authors of Arizona volunteer judges)
Max Bartlett
Priscilla Beck
Julia Bizon
Stephanie Bosic
Elise Boyle
Catherine Bui
Lea Byrnes
Jeremy Cappello Lee
Rachel Henson
Paulina Jenney
Bridget Johnson
Haley Lee
Katherine Leung
Madelyn McCaleb
Sabrina Ramirez
Jeannine Robiso
Sarah Stoll
Alyssa Tilley
Hannah Weisman

Young Authors of Arizona Silver Key Winners

(selected through blind adjudication by the Young Authors of Arizona volunteer judges)
Steven Adelberg
Max Bartlett
Cintia Burciaga
Chloe Carriere
Amy Chase
Jade Dugger
Amy Edgerton
Bennett Estrada
Amber George
Mia Glenn
Marena Guzman
Katherine Leung
Jacqueline Montoya
Destynee Norwood
Sabrina Ramirez
Josef Robbins
Jeannine Robiso
Ayanna Siders
Jessica Sola
Sarah Stoll
Drew Thompson
Catherine Woner

Young Authors of Arizona Honorable Mention Winners

(selected through blind adjudication by the Young Authors of Arizona volunteer judges)
Kelly Bossert
Isabel Brunetti
Savannah Crichton
Elle Dietz
Paul Fried
Olivia Gardner
Whitney Gies
Mia Glenn
Alexis Gomez
Nichole Gray
Tess Grossman
Sam Hastey
Natalie Jones
Kali Romero
Emily Kunkle
Shea Lenniger
Katherine Leung
Kristina Levi
Melody Maas
Madelyn McCaleb
Elizabeth Nichols
Alice Olvera
Eli Ozaki
Taylor Page
Vivian Quijada
Dana Rosansky
Alison Ross
Andrew Sheesley
Pauline Shongov
Blair Stingley
Sarah Stoll
Trevor Sullivan
Drew Thompson
Alyssa Tilley
Alyssa Tufts
Charlie Unfricht
Frances Yau
Nicholas Zhu