Writers’ Workshop with Kwame Alexander

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The Art and Business of Writing Children's Literature, with Kwame Alexander

This four-day workshop will focus on both the craft of writing for young readers and the nuts and bolts of publishing, with an emphasis storytelling, picture books, and novels-in-verse. This workshop is open to both emerging and established writers (18+). Mr. Alexander will review writing samples and letters of introduction before selecting participants. Each day of the workshop will consist of a morning seminar with a Kwame Creative Kickstart, special Zoom guest, Business Q&A (everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about publishing), writing time, sharing, and feedback. Participants will also have access to a meeting room for the remainder of each day, so they may convene if they wish. Breakfast will be included. The workshop will also include a ticket to an event at which Mr. Alexander will read from and discuss his work. Participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.


Enrollment will be limited to 15 participants.

Dates: Friday, May 20, through Monday, May 23, 2022.

Cost: $600.

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Please fill out the form below and upload a Word or PDF file that includes two pages of original prose or poetry.


Applications are due by February 15, 2022. Applicants will receive a response by February 28, 2022. Confirmed participants must send full tuition by March 5, 2022, after which any vacancies will be filled from the wait list.


The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is a non profit arts organization which offers instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Its campus is located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, MA. For more information, contact Diane Giardi at dgiardi@cultural-center.org or call 508-394-7100.

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books, including SWING, BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI (co-authored with James Patterson), BOOKED (longlisted for the National Book Award), REBOUND (shortlisted for the UK Carnegie Medal and The Caldecott Medal), the Newbery Honor-winning picture book THE UNDEFEATED (illustrated by Kadir Nelson), and the NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he founded the publishing imprint VERSIFY and opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of THE CROSSOVER TV series on Disney plus.

What are you currenty writing?

Please let us know in apx 750 words the following details about your writing.

  • At what stage are you at in the writing process?

  • What would you now like to learn about writing?

  • What are your writing goals?

  • What are you currently writing?

  •  Why do you want to do this?

  • Why do you write?

You must check the following boxes in order to submit your application.

Upload Example of Your Work

To be considered for one of two scholarships to this workshop, applicants should also upload the first two pages of their 2020 federal tax return (social security number redacted).

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