The Young Writers Conference is offered through an expanded cooperative partnership with area schools/districts. The Conference provides an opportunity for schools to inspire some of their best student writers by bringing them to the University of Minnesota campus, fostering interaction with other student writers, and encouraging critical response to a variety of creative stimuli at the Weisman Art Museum or the Bell Museum of Natural History.
in 2013, the Minnesota Writing Project hosted a Young Writers Conference at the Weisman Art Museum for the entire ninth grade class at the North Academy of Arts and Communications (NAAC) in Minneapolis. Over a period of three days, students and teachers viewed, learned, and wrote about aspects of identity inspired by the photography of Xavier Tavera; spoken word artist, Desdamona; and the artwork of the Weisman.
Centered on the theme of sustainable shelters, the 2011 conference in the Bell Museum of Natural History encouraged students to incorporate elements of environmental awareness in their writing. Each student was given a notebook to fill with words, images, ideas, and reactions to the various dioramas and and models in the sustainable shelter exhibit, including the Icon Solar House. Click here to see the anthology of words and images created by these young writers.
To kick off the 2010 event, based on the exhibit, Common Sense: Art and the Quotidian at the Weisman Art Museum, the students were immersed in creative practices of everyday art through focused drawing and collage making. They were each given a notebook to fill with words, images, ideas, and reactions to the art of the Weisman Museum. Click here to see the anthology of words and images created by these young writers.
In spring of 2009, students and teachers studied and wrote about the exhibit Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam. Click here to see these young writers at work in Weisman Art Museum.
During the 2008 Young Writers Conference, students and teachers viewed, learned, and wrote about the photography exhibit, Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power.
In 2007, sixty students and their accompanying teachers were invited to participate in a cross-disciplinary writing experience at the museum using the exhibit, Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966.
The Gopher Writing Camp is currently not running, but we hope to bring it back soon. Go here to see the audiovisual compositions that students in the 2006 Gopher Writing Camp created while visiting the Weisman Art Museum.