This program runs September 2019-June 2020 for youth aged 15-19 looking to enter the field of journalism.

EXPLORE! DIG! WRITE! With the Young Journalist Program.

This elite program allows Young Journalists to meet professionals in many fields of journalism, enabling them to ask questions and get the real scoop on what journalism is today as well as in the future.

Young Journalists will create a print and/or online newspaper to give them practical experience in writing content, editing, organizing and publishing content.

Using this content, the Young Journalists will create a portfolio that can be used to improve their chances of acceptance to the degree program of their choice.



Have a need for more formal education in your chosen field? We have a class just for you! The class fees include a full year of classes from the time you sign up. Join in anytime.

Pen & Panel Comic Creation Class – Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper, and pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skill set. Pen & Panel classes are on the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:30. Ages 12 and up. September – June, join anytime. (Members $175.00, Non-Members $230.00). – REGISTER

Drop-In Fees – Not ready to commit? Have a crazy schedule? Want to check out Pen & Panel? Drop into a session and see what you think. Members $10.00, Non-members $15.00. (Exact change only please).


Why not take a writing workshop when school is out and improve your writing skills? Lots of fun subjects to choose from! All grades and skill levels welcome.

Workshops run from 9:00-3:00. $60.00 for AWCS Members or $70.00 for Non-Members.

July 10 – MAKE A MOVIE – with Kim Firmston – Write, plan, film, and edit a movie all in one day and then upload it to YouTube on the RIO TV channel so you can show your friends and family. Don’t forget the red carpet awards at the end of the day. Fun times! See last year’s creation HERE

July 24 –  MADNESS, MYSTERY, MAYHEM! – with Erin Vance –  Write stories and characters that thrill and scare you. Find for your inner Sherlock Holmes or Jake Peralta while searching for clues

August 7- WORLD BUILDING – with Dania Idriss – Spend the day learning the elements of genre and effective world-building, primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy (we will also be looking briefly at comic books) and apply those elements to their writing. Experiment in creating your own imaginative worlds.

August 14 – CHARACTER BOOT CAMP – with Suzy Vadori – Characters make the story, and writers get to make the characters. Personality, actions, appearance, emotions… so many layers go into making characters what we imagine in our minds. In this creative camp, we’ll learn tips and tricks to make our characters jump off the page and run down the street!