The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts has extended the deadline to 2sd Annual Art of Writing competition, giving students in the region extra time to express themselves on this year’s theme: HUMANITY. Sponsored by Guardian Bank, Greater Valdosta United Way, Valdosta Daily Times and Snake Nation Press, the competition offers young writers the opportunity to develop literary works of self-expression and share their works in a published anthology.
Middle and high school students now have until Saturday, January 22 to submit their masterpieces in the poetry, non-fiction and fiction categories. Over $ 2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in all categories for middle and high school writers. Announcement of the winners will take place at the Turner Center’s Youth Art Month opening reception on February 27, 2022. Student winners in all categories, along with several honorable mentions, will be published in the 2sd annual anthology of the art of writing and will each receive a copy of the publication.
Several works of art will also be selected in the VSU High School Invitational to feature in the anthology as well.
The Art of Writing competition evolved from the Young Writers League (YOWL) which was established at the Turner Center in 2019. The Covid pandemic has enabled YOWL to expand its online offerings through weekly workshops that enable students develop their writing muscles while providing feedback on each other’s work. Students aged 10-18 meet virtually and members can write at their own pace through the Discord mobile app.
Author and English teacher, Dr Cheryl Carvajal leads the workshops, which include creative writing prompts, instructor and peer commentary, and other resources to develop writing and critical thinking skills.
Similar to the adult writing workshops run by Roberta George for over a decade, YOWL gives young people the chance to write poetry, fiction and non-fiction while collaborating with like-minded peers. ideas. The program also enables students to realize the dream of published fatherhood.
Call 229.247.2787 for more information on YOWL and 2sd Annual Writing Art Competition, or visit turnercenter.org/for-youth-yowl to enter the competition before the January 22 deadline.