Third Annual YAWP Reading Celebrates Emerging Hopkins Writers

On Friday, September 29, the Young Apprentice Writer's Program (YAWP), held its third annual reading featuring original works of poetry, prose, and screenwriting from emerging writers at Hopkins. Held in the Calarco Library on campus, the reading was a culmination of the summer-long mentoring program where the aspiring writers worked with published authors in the Greater New Haven area to fine tune their craft. 

“This event celebrates the student and adult writers and their complex, stimulating, perhaps even life-changing time together,” said Brad Czepiel, Director of the YAWP Program in his opening address. 

Since last Spring, the writers and their established mentors have been meeting regularly to talk about their work and discuss progress.  YAWP also facilitates these relationships so that apprentices learn about the life of a writer, from crafting an idea, editing, submitting, and perhaps editing several more times. 

In addition to the student readings, Nicky Dawidoff ‘81, a best-selling author of several books, read a passage from one of his novels which was inspired by his time at Hopkins in the 80s.  

See a few photos from the event above. Click here to see them all and download images! To read more about the program, as well as other exciting programs in the English department, check out this article.

Student and Mentor Pairs:
Rosa B. ‘25 with Claire Zoghb
Brendan C. ‘24 with Rachel Furey
Lelia H. ‘24 with Maria Carolan '08
Margot S.  ‘24 with Nicky Dawidoff '81
Emma Y. ‘24 with Elaine Chou
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