At first when I started, I didn’t know what to write, so I decided to look at my everyday life and reflect what I lived into my writing, because I learned what is better to write than my own experience.
Grade 9 student participant
2014 – 2015 Young Writers Competition

The Young Writers Program (YWP) is a joint partnership between the U.S. Embassy Qatar and the 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 topics in society. Since the program’s inception in 2014, students from 122 Ministry schools have participated.

The YWP consists of four programming strands that take place throughout the academic year: teacher capacity building sessions, student writing workshops, the Young Writers Competition, and the Young Writers Journal (see timeline below).

The central component of the YWP is the Young Writers Competition. The writing theme for the 2017/2018 is “Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities.”   Students from grades 5, 8, and 10 are asked to write a creative personal essay, story or poem (fiction or non-fiction) on one of the provided writing prompts under this theme for their grade.  See the competition guidelines here.

The top five writers from each grade will be recognized at the Fourth Annual YWP Awards Ceremony, which will be held on April 24, 2018 at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.  The winning writing pieces will also be featured in the fourth volume of the Young Writers Journal, which will be published by the U.S. Embassy in August 2018.  To read past volumes of the Young Writers Journal click here.

Our yearly timeline:

  • October_

    -Young Writers’ Competition (YWC) is officially launched.

  • Nov-Dec_

    – A series of 3 writing workshops for students are held in four Qatari secondary schools with teacher observations

    – Teacher reflection session

  • February_

    -Submission deadline for the YWC.

    -The Embassy Jury Process begins.

  • March_

    -The jury forwards winning recommendations to MEHE.

  • April_

    -The winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony.

    -The student winners participate in the ‘Winners’ Workshop’.

    -The production of the Young Writers Journal begins.

  • May – June_

    -The production of the Young Writers Journal continues.

  • July_

    -Production of the Young Writers Journal is completed.

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