Poetry Discover the power of your words. Young poets will find inspiration and education in each other’s company, aided by the master teachers at every step in the poetic process. Students will learn about the elements of successful poetry, and then apply this knowledge to their own composition. The poets will share and revise their work in a critic’s circle, and then perform their poetry in front of the camp at the end of the week. Young poets will also get the thrill of seeing their names in print when they publish their work in the camp journal. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned poet of just a beginner, this class will transform the way you think about writing. Short Story Edgar Allen Poe write that the short story “affords unquestionable the fairest field for the exercise of the loftiest talent.” The Short Story workshop at YPI will guide you to exercise your lofty talents as a writer with a week-long exploration of what makes good writing tick. You will learn about the elements of a successful story-plot, character, structure, pace, style – as you write a story of your own, and you will have the opportunity to grow and change as an artist in the dynamic, ego-free environment fostered by YPI’s capable staff. At the end of the week, you will confront one of a writer’s greatest hopes, and greatest fears: publication. By publishing your story online and reading your work in front of the camp, you will get a taste of what it feels like to be a working writer in the public eye. Though this workshop is primarily focused on short story writing, there will be chances to discuss other kinds of writings as well, so aspiring novelists are more than welcome. Whether you’ve just started writing of have been writing your whole life, YPI will help you sharpen your skills and grow into the best writer you can be.