McMullan Young Writers Workshop

Registration Now Open for MYWW 2021, July 19–23


McMullan Young Writers Workshop

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 2021 workshop will take place on the campus of Millsaps College the week of July 19–23. Participation in the workshop is limited to students who are rising 10th graders through rising college freshmen.

Keynote Speaker: Kiese Laymon

Kiese LaymonKiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the genre-bending novel, Long Division, and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2018 Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times.

Laymon is a longtime supporter of the McMullan Young Writers Workshop, having contributed his time and talent to every workshop since its earliest days.

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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 19
Check-out: Friday, July 23


Registration is now open for MYWW 2021:

Cost: Register by April 30 and pay only $250. Register between May 1 and 15 and pay only $350. After May 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 2021 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.

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