Registration Now Open for MYWW 2022, July 18–22

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Do you love to write? The McMullan Young Writers Workshop (MYWW) provides promising young writers an opportunity to develop as creative writers under the instruction of talented writing instructors and to study literature under the guidance of college professors. Students learn from accomplished writers and teachers of poetry, drama, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The program also provides young writers with the opportunity to hear an established writer of note speak about his or her craft and to ask questions of that writer.

The 2022 workshop will take place on the campus of Millsaps College the week of July 18–22. Participation in the workshop is limited to students who are rising 10th graders through rising college freshmen.

Keynote Speaker: Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, which was published by One World Random House in August 2021. It was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a finalist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and longlisted for the Story Prize. His first book, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize. It was longlisted for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, the Center for Fiction Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. The novel was also a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Oxford AmericanGarden & GunKenyon Review, and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America. A New Orleans native, Ruffin is a professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University, and the 2020–2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Ruffin is the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Mardi Gras Krewe of House Floats.

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The McMullan Young Writers Workshop is made possible through the generous support of the McMullan Family Foundation, in partnership with the Eudora Welty Foundation and Millsaps College.

Meals: Meals will be provided in the Millsaps College dining hall, offering healthy and tasty food choices. Students with any dietary needs should report on the registration form below and to the program director.

Housing: Students will reside in New South residence hall, which is located on the south end of Millsaps’ campus. A campus map can be downloaded here.

What to bring:

  • Casual dress appropriate for a classroom environment
  • Laptop and/or flash drive
  • Toiletries
  • Linens (Extra long twin-sized sheets, washcloths, towels, pillows/pillowcases
  • A week’s supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as masks and hand sanitizer. While sanitizing supplies will be available as needed, we encourage students to bring their own supply.

Check-in: Monday, July 18
Check-out: Friday, July 22


Registration is now open for MYWW 2022:

Cost: Register by March 15 and pay only $250. Register between March 16 and April 15 and pay only $350. After April 15, the regular registration rate of $450 will apply (includes all activities, meals, and lodging).

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

All workshop participants—students, as well as faculty and residential staff—are required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. We will be monitoring CDC guidelines in the months leading up to the 2022 workshop. New information will be posted here as it becomes available, or you can join our mailing list to receive updates via email.

To join our mailing list, email us at with the subject line MAILING LIST.

As we plan for a safe and healthy workshop, we invite your questions about how COVID-19 guidelines will impact the workshop experience of our young writers. Your questions have been some of our best teachers, and we welcome them anytime at

Due to a high volume of phone calls, we can process a response to your questions about MYWW faster by email. Please contact us at to share your questions and comments, or to request a phone call reply. Both of our phone and email lines are monitored by part-time staff, so we thank you for your patience as we work to reply to your messages.