Young Southern Writers Program | Alabama Shakespeare Festival
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JUNE 5–8, 2024

Learn more about playwriting and write a play of your own with a professional playwright commissioned by ASF! Students will be selected by a special committee of theatre professionals to spend the week at ASF during our Southern Writers Festival 2023. Young writers will have the opportunity to learn from a playwright who has mastered their craft, and they’ll participate in a 10-Minute Play Festival. At the conclusion of the 10-Minute Play Festival, one student will receive the Critics Choice Award and one student will be honored with the Audience Choice Award.


  • High School students (grades 9–12) and College students (18+) may apply.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2024.
  • Students with experience in creative writing preferred, but not required.
  • At least ONE letter of reference from a teacher or adult not in your family.
  • Applicants who do not complete the entire application or submit supplemental documents will not be considered.
  • 2024 YSWP invitees will be announced on Friday, May 3, 2024.

For questions or more information, contact Cameron Williams at [email protected].