Bronx Loaf Writer’s Conference for Teen Writers is Now Accepting Applications

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Teen Writers at Bronx Loaf Image accessed www.bronxloaf.org

 

This summer’s Bronx Loaf Writers Conference will take place from Monday, July 6th, 2015 through Friday, July 10th. The conference brings together dozens of teen writers in grades 7-12, from public, charter, and private schools to the Bronx Academy of Letters for a week-long writers’ conference.  Bronx Loaf is now accepting applications for teens who would like to participate this summer.

Once there, they will partake in peer workshops led by published writers; share their work in a public forum; and explore the hidden gem that is the Bronx. It’s a week of being immersed in the craft of writing and a community of writers. To top it off, at the end of the conference, students submit their work to be published in an anthology entitled Breaking Bread.

This year Bronx Loaf boasts an incredible roster of workshop leaders including novelist and translator, Jenny McPhee; fantasy fiction author, Melissa Grey; City University poet and teacher, Coriel Gaffney; poet, Rich Villar; author and editor, Sarah Nicole Prickett; and the artistic director of the Point Theater, Luis Cardenas. One former Bronx Loafer had this to say about her experience from last year’s conference:

“Meeting other people who are as in love with writing as you are, and adults who are masters of the craft is awe-inspiring to say the least.”

Every year the program has grown larger and more diverse. Last year students came from a tapestry of 20 different schools, with students from urban and suburban public schools, charters schools, private day schools, Catholic schools, and out-of-state boarding schools learning and writing alongside one another. One participant said,

“I have attended writing workshops before, but I found that they tend to attract people from similar backgrounds with writing styles resembling my own. For me, Bronx Loaf was about exposure – exposure to people, ideas, and philosophies. I learned just as much about life as I did about writing.”

Bronx Loaf is impossible without the help of educators like you. Please pass the word along to your students, guidance counselors, parents, and administrators. The simplest way to do so is to send them a link to the Bronxloaf website where more information and the application for the conference can be found: www.bronxloaf.org

The best and fastest way to help students is to send them directly to the application page: http://bronxloaf.org/application-form. This year, Bronx Loaf’s goal is to bring together 60 students.   Toward this aim, Bronx Loaf will accept all submissions on a rolling basis starting March 8th,2015, and will continue to accept submissions until our workshops are filled or until May 4th, 2015, whichever comes first.

Thanks to the generous support and underwriting of the Foundation for Letters, the cost of Bronx Loaf is  covered for every student who is accepted. However, there is a $50.00 seat deposit for each student that will be returned once they have completed the conference and submitted their work for publication. Should a student not show up to the conference or not complete it, the $50.00 will be used to offset the cost of food and publishing.

If you would like to learn more about Bronx Loaf in person, representatives from the program will be available at the New York City Writing Project’s Teacher to Teacher Conference on March 28, 2015.  The organization will host a table and present a panel where you can learn how to get your students involved.  There is still time to register for #T2T15 by visiting bit.ly/T2T15.

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