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Youth Writing Festival

Every year, GWP hosts writing festivals for students at the JC Penney Conference Center on the UMSL North campus. Students participate in three break-out sessions and experience an open-mic sharing celebration. The day provides students with mini-sessions that focus on improving writing skills and style. The day concludes with a celebration of writing for students and teachers.  You don't want to miss this opportunity!

GWP believes young writers should have the opportunity to:

  • play with voices and words
  • create poetry, fiction, and memoirs
  • share writing with peers
  • celebrate themselves as writers


Keynote speakers Ahmed Barrow and Hope Daugherty shared writing tips and some of their work at the GWP Youth Writing Festival at UMSL with 175  students in grades 5 to 8 from the St Louis metro area. 

Seniors Hope and Ahmed attended OneCity Stories.