The Bridge: An Intensive Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students

The Bridge, which is made possible through a collaboration between PEN Center USA, WriteGirl, and 826LA, is an intensive creative writing workshop program for high school students in the Los Angeles area. The Bridge aims to provide students who have a particular aptitude for creative writing with the opportunity to take part in a craft workshop. Workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting will be presented in cycles. In the first cycle of The Bridge, which will begin in early July 2012, students will focus on short fiction. Based on applicant responses, a day and time for the workshop will be determined by May 31, 2012.

The Bridge Program will take place at one of 826LA’s two locations: Echo Park or Venice. With the guidance of a professional writing instructor, students will participate in a four-hour writing workshop, once a week for six consecutive weeks. Visiting writers will enhance the student’s exposure to the professional writing world, and volunteers from 826LA will work with students individually to discuss revision and support the writing instructor.

To apply for The Bridge, you must:
1. Complete at least one semester of a PEN In The Classroom academic writing residency; participate in an 826LA writing workshop or in-school program; or take part in a WriteGirl mentorship or in-school program.
2. Fill out an application.
3. Tell us why you want to participate in The Bridge.
4. Submit a writing sample.

The 2012 application period for The Bridge is now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact PEN In The Classroom Program Manager Heather Simons by phone at 323-424-4939 (ext. 206) or by e-mail at