Young Authors' Studio

Young Authors' Studio

ASU's Young Authors' Studio is a free writing series for kids in grades 5-12, held at ASU's Polytechnic campus over six Saturday afternoons.  YAS will take place in even years during the fall semester. 

Upper-division ASU students in Professor Wendy Williams' project-based English course Mentoring Youth Writers will guide kids through fun writing activities, with each session having a special focus. 

The 2018 series will culminate in a public performance and writing gallery on Nov. 3. 

Learn more about the program and meet some of the student mentors by visiting the Young Authors' Studio Facebook page:

YAS Curriculum Guide

Workshop schedule, fall 2018

September 22 – Narrative Writing Workshop

September 29 – Film, Art, and Comics Workshop

October 13- Poetry and Music Workshop

October 20 – Genres Workshop

October 27 – Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop

How do I enroll my child?

Send an email to to RSVP for the Parent Information Session, to be held from 1 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Santa Catalina Hall, Room 130, on ASU's Polytechnic campus, 7271 East Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Mesa, AZ.  

Space in Young Authors' Studio is limited, so be sure to pre-register.

Parent Praise for Young Authors’ Studio

“What a great way for young people to spend Saturday mornings! With all the sports programs offered around the Valley, it’s good to finally see a place where the next generation of future authors can practice their skills and network and learn!” – Elisa, parent


“As impressed as I am with all the young writers and their dedication, I am even more impressed by how well the mentors taught them. My daughter easily related back to me advanced writing concepts and structures that I discuss with seasoned writers and authors with years of experience. Well done all of you!” – Nick, parent


“I thought you all did an AMAZING job! The thing that stood out to me the most was that my son thought it would be incredibly boring, but it ended up being incredibly fun and he learned so much! He learned there were many writing styles and just because he wasn’t necessarily great at one, he was good at another. Thank you!!!” – Nancy, parent


“As a parent, I was very impressed with the thoughtful care put into all aspects of the course. The ‘creativity’ levels exceeded my expectations and introduced my son to several awesome writing techniques I had never seen before.” – Justin, parent


“[My son] loves to write and I knew that he always liked to express himself. He liked the opportunity to write and interact with people. I think the studio is a great way to help youth develop confidence.” – Kathy, parent


Young Authors’ Studio in the News

One of our past mentors, Young Nae Choi, has published an article in Voices from the Middle, a journal for teachers by teachers.  You can read it here.

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Young Authors’ Studio Guiding Principles