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LITERARY ARTS

Writing classes at the Turner Center for the Arts are for students of all levels and ages who are looking to advance their skills and make writing an active part of their lives. Through these classes, students explore a variety of paths to written expression and authorship is promoted. Our youth writing classes are currently held online only, and our adult group meets both online and face-to-face. Both the youth and adult classes are taught by Dr. Cheryl Carvajal, an accomplished and published author and literary educator. The Turner Center is building a supportive community of writers that provides opportunities for students from various backgrounds and interests to participate in an enriching experience.

Young Online Writers League (YOWL)

Please check your DISCORD account for meeting dates and locations

Are you a teenager who longs to write? Do you have a story to tell? Join us for the Young Online Writers League! Students write poetry and fiction, growing comfortable in a workshop setting as they learn how to discuss one another's work, hone skills with varied exercises, and gain insight into their writing abilities as each one find their unique writing voice. This class is offered online using Discord, with regular meetings in both online and face-to-face formats.

Instructor/Author: Dr. Cheryl Carvajal
Ages: 11-17
COST: FREE
All supplies provided.

Online Writers League (OWL)

Group meets online or in-person on Saturday afternoons | 2pm-4pm
Please check your DISCORD account for updates on meeting dates and locations

Welcome to the Online Writers League! This is an adult group of writers at all levels of experience who will meet up with like-minded writers and authors for writing sessions. These sessions will include critiques, writing strategies, and activities. This class is offered online using Discord, with regular meetings in both online and face-to-face formats.

Instructor/Author: Dr. Cheryl Carvajal
Ages: 18+
COST: FREE
All supplies provided.

IMAGINE Art of Writing Theme & Sponsors

4th Annual Art of Writing Contest

Entry Deadline Saturday, January 20, 2024, 11:59PM
Awards Reception Monday, March 18, 2024, 6-8PM
The writers are invited to present their work orally. A practice session on Thursday, March 14, 2024, 4-6pm, will be held with Dr. Carvajal present to offer guidance.

We invite you to write about your vision and imagination. This is an open topic, but writing ideas include what you want to be, the way you imagine the world, how issues you notice today will be put behind us, and the ways you envision your life making a difference. Imagine your past, imagine your future….imagine, imagine, imagine. Additional writing prompts and resources will be provided to the Young Online Writer’s League through the Discord app.

The contest is hosted annually and is sponsored in part by Greater Valdosta United Way, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Snake Nation Press, and the Valdosta Daily Times.

Instructor/Author: Dr. Cheryl Carvajal
Ages: 10-18 AND 5th-12th grade
COST: FREE
All supplies provided.