Youth Writing Festivals

Every year, the Nebraska Writing Project sponsors two day-long writing festivals for students and teachers from across Nebraska. The Eastern Festival is for middle school students in grades 6-8, the Northern Festival is for grades 6-12. The goal of this initiative is to give students an opportunity to hone their writing skills in a collaborative setting and to build a community with fellow student writers.

2019 Youth Writing Festivals

Eastern Nebraska Middle School Festival

Grades 6-8

April 6, 2019
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Gretna High School
11335 S. 204th Street, Gretna, NE 68028

Festival Facilitator:
Jennifer Long

Early registration closes March 8
Late registration postmarked after March 8

Teachers can collect sign-up forms to mail or students can send individual registrations to:

Amanda Larabee
Nebraska Writing Project
202 Andrews Hall - English
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

Registration includes workshops, a t-shirt, and a notebook. Registrations postmarked on or before March 8 should include a $20 fee. Cost for registrations postmarked after March 8 is $30.

Contact YWF facilitator Jennifer Long at with questions.

Festival flyer; text at left

Get Involved

If you’d like to be involved with the Youth Writing Festivals either by bringing students or presenting, please contact the festival directors.

Eastern Festival Director:
Jennifer Long

Northern Festival Director:
Brenda Larabee