The Young Writers Program (YWP) is a joint partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The mission of the program is to encourage Qatar’s youth to read, write, and think critically about important events and topics. Since the program’s inception in 2014, students from 122 Ministry schools have participated.
The YWP consists of four programs that take place throughout the academic year: teacher capacity building sessions; student writing workshops; the Young Writers Competition, and the Young Writers Journal. The central component of the YWP is the Young Writers Competition. This year’s contest asked students from the 5th, 8th, and 10th grades to write a personal essay, story, or poem (fiction or non-fiction) on “shaping our world for the better.”
The top five writers from each grade were recognized at the Third Annual YWP Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2017 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha. The winning writing pieces will be featured in the upcoming Third Volume of the Young Writers Journal, which will be published by the U.S. Embassy in August 2017.