Writing Classes for Teens in Westchester
Do you have a budding teen writer at home? You may have noticed your teen taking to their writing and/or English classes at school. To further extend their studies and hone in on their craft, consider taking a writing class in Westchester. Throughout the County, you will find a range of immersive courses, including writing classes at our local colleges – both over the year and as summer intensives. Read on to check out some places where they can hone in and master their craft even further.
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Kids and teens can enjoy a range of writing classes at Writopia Lab. Located at the Hartsdale lab, classes include creative writing workshops, summer camps, college essay workshops, middle school advanced writing, and more. Check out their website to sign up for writing classes on a rolling basis. Additionally, they offer private classes for teens to further master their writing skills. 104 North Washington Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530, 914-401-4159
Writers Week at Sarah Lawrence College provides an immersive week-long experience with a focus on creative writing and the performance arts for students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. Additionally, students must be 14 years old and up at the start of the week-long program. Sessions are held in July (virtual) from July 15th–July 19th and August from August 5th–August 9th.914-337-0700
The Hudson Valley Writers Center offers a range of writing classes for kids and teens throughout the year. Some writing classes include a young adult open mic workshop, a creativity camp, TV writing, playwriting, screenwriting, and much more. They also offer readings and workshops on Zoom where your teen can join to listen in and hear from local writers. 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.
In addition to offering a range of STEM and art classes, the Rye Arts Center also offers a range of writing classes. This includes songwriting/composition. Check out their website for updates and new classes throughout the year. Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd, Rye, NY 10580
This summer program at Purchase College offers high-schoolers (grades 9-12) a range of immersive options to further their education. For writers, check out the Pre-College Creative Writing Workshop. Held from July 29th-August 9th, teens will have the opportunity to write in a variety of genres. This includes fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, and essay. Teens are guided in a supportive environment as they learn via workshops. This includes sharing of work, discussions about writing techniques and craft. At the end of the writing program, teens will read from their final pieces with families and friends. Purchase College State University of New York, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577.
SUNY Westchester Community College’s continuing education program offers a range of writing classes for kids and teens. This includes screenwriting, creative writing, and playwriting, to name a few options. 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595
This non-profit Peekskill after-school program offers a range of classes for kids ages 5-18. For writing, this includes writing and performance: spoken word; poetry; rap; playwriting; monologue writing; and songwriting. 105 South Division St, 3rd Floor, Peekskill, NY 10566.
Westchester County Library System
Find a range of writing classes for kids and teens from various branches of the Westchester Library System. This includes Sit Down & Write for grades 4-8 at the White Plains Library; writing groups at the Dobbs Ferry Public Library; and more.
Additionally, teens and budding writers can join the Scarsdale Library Writers’ Center. This online program offers support via meet-ups for writers who want to hone and promote their craft and projects.