The Mark Twain House & Museum is expanding its writing program! Next year we’ll be launching a National Writing Contest, classes for teens, workplace workshops, and so much more.
National Writing Contest
“Assault of Laughter” National Humor Writing Contest— Submit 10,000 words or less of any original work that uses humor to examine any element of personal or cultural life in America. Submissions will be judged by Twain House staff—any way to make our staff sound more illustrious? Mark Twain experts, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity guest judges. Submissions are due by June 30th and the winners will be announced at the 4th Annual “Mark My Words” event, moderated by best-selling author David Baldacci. Keep an eye out for our official launch party!
Twain at Home: Classes & Workshops
Join us for our 3rd Annual Writers Weekend & Book Fair! Three days of lectures, workshops, writing sessions, and book-signings at our Museum Center with the top writers in the Northeast. April 25th – 27th, 2014.
Teens are invited to apply to our Neighborhood Studios Summer Writing Apprenticeship—six weeks paid summer work as a journalist on the grounds of the Twain House. Look for applications from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in May.
Hone your writing with our 6-week writing classes in Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Playwriting, and more. Classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall featuring acclaimed instructors.
Dive into new topics with Weekend Writing Workshops—intensive three-hour experiences with unique subjects like Songwriting, Writing for Children, Self-Publishing, and more. 12 unique subjects per year.
Writing in Twain’s Library offers a unique opportunity to write inside the Twain House. Bring a laptop or pencil & paper to conjure your literary inspiration in the home of the master himself. Offered biannually.
Enroll your young authors in the Mark Twain Players—a Playwriting Workshop we run in conjunction with Hartford Stage. The class culminates with a performance at a Twain event. Offered three times a year.
Twain-To-Go: Classes & Workshops
Concise communication is essential in the corporate world. Book our expert staff for a Business Writing Workshop at your corporation for a hard look on how to write clearly and expertly on the job. Half-day or day-long customized workshops.
Invite us to your school for an interactive program featuring Twain’s Writing Advice — a crash course using the techniques of the master.
Teacher Workshops offer ready-to-use curriculum strategies to excite young writers. Educators, discover how Twain’s advice to writers ties in to the Common Core Standards and engages your students in the writing process. Half-day, day-long, and after-school customized workshops.
Twain on the Road: Out & About
Live near another great writers’ house? Look for Twain House staff and programs there—we’ll be doing crossover writing programs and guest lectures at Thoreau Farm, Edith Wharton’s the Mount, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, the Poe House and many more!
Find us presenting at the AWP Conference and Book Expo America—the two largest writing and book conferences in America. We’ll be presenting there and hope to meet many aspiring writers. Come and say hello!
Can’t get to us? Check out our blog, which will keep you up-to-date on all of our programs, contests, classes, writing, adventures, and more.
For information and scheduling on any of these programs, please email Director of Writing Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (860) 247-0998 x 208.
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