Young Authors Academy (YAA)


Here, passion is celebrated, and discussion occurs freely.
Command of the language is not only encouraged, but
demanded. And we teen wordsmiths have at last found
a home.

-- Christopher Costello, YAA student, 9th grade


Attention tweens and teens! If you are in grades 6 through 12, and are interested in creative writing, the Young Authors Academy is the place for you. The YAA is the Downtown Writers Center's teen writing program, and as a member, you'll work with the same terrific writers who teach in the regular DWC workshops. We'll help you polish the fundamentals of writing poems and stories, and drive you to push your writing to the next level.

Tuition for YAA is free for students in the Syracuse City School District (as part of the Y-Arts Scholars program) and for YMCA of Greater Syracuse members. For complete details, call our Workshops Coordinator at (315) 474-6851 x380, or email dwcworkshops@syracuseymca.org.

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One young author's story

"YAA gives me the opportunity to have friends who are interested in the same things that I am. And this is not to mention how much the classes have helped to improve my writing abilities. Recently, I entered a story that I'd written in class into an international short story contest, sponsored by the New York Times bestselling author John Green, and the story is now published in an anthology. I don't think I could have done that without the help and guidance I've received from YAA."

-- Anni Clark, YAA student, age 16