Incandescent Studio


The student application period for the 2020 Incandescent Summer Studio has closed. Student applications for the 2021 Incandescent Summer Studio program will open in the winter/spring of 2021.

Join us at The Incandescent

Summer Studio

An online program like no other, we fuse the personalization of a one-on-one writers' mentorship with classic workshop elements. Each week, mentees attend live workshops, community peer-editing sessions, and meet with their mentor for individualized critique and portfolio discussion. 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.

Our flexible program pairs emerging young writers (grades 5 - 8, including rising high school freshmen) with highly qualified, experienced writers throughout the youth literary community.


Mentor & mentee applications are currently closed; applications will reopen in the winter/spring of 2021. Keep an eye out!


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 in late spring, 2021.


Middle school students and rising high school freshmen (rising 6th-9th grade) are eligible to apply for the program.

We are open to international applicants! We only ask that applicants are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking in English, as at this time, our mentors are majority English-speaking.

We understand if internet connection or other complications interfere with Zoom calls, and we don't want that possibility to potentially dissuade anyone from applying. If a student is accepted and can't join us on Zoom for any reason, such as particularly conflicting time zones, faulty internet connection, etc., we're more than willing to work around the difficulties to ensure the student is able to fully participate in the program.

*It is free to apply to the Incandescent Summer Studio.


  • 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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