2018 Scholastic Writing Awards

The Greater Kansas City Writing Project is once again the home of the Missouri Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The 2018 contest is now closed.  Read past winners here.


Students in grades 4-12 who like to write will love the individual attention they receive while drafting, sharing, and revising their work within a creative and supportive writing community. 

Check back here to register online.

2018 Summer Writing Camps

Stories for Justice

July 9-19, 2018
Monday-Thursday, 9am - Noon

Two Locations:

St. Teresa's Academy (51st Main)

UCM Lee's Summit Campus

Cost: $150
This camp connects students' passions, their experiences, their stories to issues of community importance. Students will play with digital storytelling, creative argument and social justice writing in a supportive environment. Working alongside professional creatives and a dynamic group of young writers, participants will hone argument writing skills and storytelling craft. Digital publishing and an Open Mic performance allow these stories for justice to meet a larger audience. 

REGISTER HERE for Lee's Summit Campus

REGISTER HERE for St. Teresa's Campus

KC Storytellers

An opportunity for high school students to share personal stories and break down divisive barrier, like race, which divide us.  

Find details here! 


An opportunity for teachers and a class of their students in grades 2-6 to have real conversations about the barriers, like race and geography, that divide us. Teachers implement three weeks of culturally and locally responsive instruction and students are paired with a buddy classroom. A final celebration brings teachers and students together to create a community project. 

The College Application Essay: Your Story, Our Help

Friday, July 13, 9am - Noon

UCM Lee's Summit

Cost: $45

Ease the anxiety of writing your college application essay. The written essay portion of the college application today is all about stories -- finding your unique story, using your own voice, and making yourself memorable to admission officers. We'll share pro tips and help you find and writing the story that can open doors to your future.