Incandescent Studio


Upcoming Dates 


April 16 -   Mentor Applications Open

May 7 -   Mentor Applications Close

Week of May 23 -   Mentor Decisions Released! 

May 23 -   Mentee Applications Open

June 20 -   Mentee Applications Close

June 28 to 30 -   Mentee Decisions Released!

July 18 - August 22, 2021

A virtual program like no other, we fuse the personalization of a classic mentorship with the uplifting spirit of a writers’ community. We pair emerging young writers (ages 11-14~) with highly qualified, experienced writers throughout the youth literary community. 

Each week, mentees attend live workshops, communal peer-editing sessions, and meet one-on-one with their mentor for individualized discussion and guidance. Throughout our five weeks, we'll also introduce mentees to the literary magazine publication process by working with them to compile and publish their own Studio anthology. 

Mentee applications for the 2021 Incandescent Studio program will open on May 23, 2021.


It can be intimidating to work with professional writers—our youth mentors will work hands-on with you to enhance your voice while sharing stories of their own writing journey with you. Past mentors have included National Student Poets, YoungArts Finalists, Best of the Net nominees, Adroit Prize winners, Scholastic National Medalists, and more. Many mentors are also alumni of programs such as the Iowa Young Writers Studio, the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

Mentor applications for the 2021 Incandescent Summer Studio program will open on April 16, 2021.


  • Mentorship: One-on-one Zoom calls with some of the top youth writers in the country. Calls are 30 minutes minimum, and students are given detailed feedback - at least 8 comments per submission.

  • Community: Our collaborative assignments, live workshops, and anthology process offer unique opportunities to befriend and network with talented writers like you. Meet lifelong friends and connections!

  • Live workshops: Classes will hold no more than 15 students at a time. All seminars will be recorded and posted to accommodate any scheduling conflicts. 

  • Community peer-editing sessions: Edit, discuss, and bounce your ideas off of each other during specially structured revision sessions! See how your work looks from a peer’s perspective. 

  • Anthology: Submit to, edit, and publish your very own anthology. Our mentors will introduce you to the publication process and share their own experiences with creating and submitting to literary magazines. Work together with fellow students to design your own themes and layout!

  • Guaranteed publication: As part of our program, students will produce and edit two articles of their choice for publication on our blog.


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