Teen Writing Program

MWA volunteers encourage and mentor young writers through the Teen Writing Program. With 10 clubs and more than 100 members, the program has been growing since its inception in 2009. MWA members, working closely with local libraries, provide a constructive, mentoring relationship for groups of 13- to 18-year-olds who want to explore creative writing and improve their skills. Most clubs operate in a workshop format so that teens can share their writing and get feedback from their peers. Leaders offer guidance and advice, writing exercises, and constructive criticism. Several clubs also bring in guest speakers. 

MWA has published four volumes of Emerging Voices: Poetry and Prose by Maryland Teens, an anthology of short stories and poems by teen writers, which are available for purchase on Amazon.com.

The teens also have an opportunity to attend the MWA annual conference, and are encouraged to participate in area writing contests.

Teen Clubs

Clubs currently operate in the following areas, with plans underway for more locations:

  • Annapolis
  • Chevy Chase
  • Frederick
  • Gaithersburg
  • Germantown
  • Odenton
  • Olney
  • Potomac
  • Silver Spring,
  • Walkersville

Interested in joining a club, or hope to see a club closer to you? Message Teen Writing Program coordinator Christina Lyons at [email protected].


MWA is looking for additional volunteer leaders to expand the program throughout the state. Working within MWA’s guidelines, club leaders have discretion to determine the frequency, location, format, and time for meetings. Club leaders offer guidance and advice, suggest writing exercises, and supervise all club activities.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Teen Club Coordinator Christina Lyons at [email protected].