Chesapeake Writers’ Youth Conference 2013


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Jerry Gabriel, Director
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
Montgomery Hall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

The Workshop: The Graphic Novel

The inaugural Chesapeake Youth Writers’ Workshop, in conjunction with the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will offer a unique experience for high school students interested in the graphic novel. The workshop, which will run concurrently with the second annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference (June 23-29), offers young writer-artists the opportunity to study the art and craft of graphic storytelling, focusing on creating stories with words and pictures. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, students will start their own graphic novels and stories by learning how to write a graphic novel script, design characters, use panel-to-panel transition techniques and thumbnail sketches, as well as explore various tools for creating their own work—from traditional pen and ink to the latest digital technologies. Students will both write and draw daily.

Workshop Faculty: Matthew Henry Hall

Growing up, Matthew Henry Hall (m. Henry) spent his free time making up stories, drawing pictures,and singing—often to audiences of trees. Matt now, miraculously, makes a living doing the same things. His cartoons appear in many publications, including The Missouri Review, Reader’s Digest, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2006, his children’s picture book, Phoebe and Chub (Rising Moon/Northland) was a finalist for a Western Writers of America Storyteller Award.

Matthew Hall Portrait

The Conference

In addition to the intensive workshop experience, which will run three hours-a-day for five days, youth participants will be able to attend and participate in the conference’s many other events, including nightly readings, as well as daily lectures, craft talks, and panel discussions. Though the youth workshop will be non-residential, participants will be encouraged to eat their meals with the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference participants and faculty in the St. Mary’s College Great Room. They will also have access to campus facilities, such as the gym, library, boating center and swimming pool.


There will be space for 12 students in the course; those eligible include rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as those graduating in May 2013.


To apply, please follow the instructions for application to the 2013 Chesapeake Youth Writers’ Workshop. Admissions for the workshop are rolling and applications will be accepted until workshop is filled. 

Applications will need to include

  • A writing sample of 4-8 double spaced pages (the sample can be comprised of multiple pieces and can include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic stories, plays or screenplays, or any blend of these genres). Please bear in mind that while it is okay to include poetry in the application, the class itself will be primarily narrative-based.
  • A 200-300 word personal statement describing your interest in the workshop and detailing what you would hope to gain from the experience.

Notifications will be made in late April. Those accepted will receive instructions on registration.


Tuition of $450 includes participation in daily workshops, as well as access to all Chesapeake Writers’ Conference events and recreational opportunities on the St. Mary’s College campus. Please note that this is a non-residential workshop; students will need to arrive on campus for each morning's session.


Youth participants are encouraged to eat their meals during the conference in the St. Mary’s College Great Room, where the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference participants and faculty dine. Full meal plans will be available for those interested (this will be an option during the registration process), but individual meals can also be purchased on-site. 

Breakfast ($6.25)

Lunch ($9.50)

Dinner ($12.00)

Saturday brunch ($10.50)

Contact and More Information

Feel free to contact us with questions at or by phone at 240.895.4341.

You can also keep up with conference developments by following the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference Facebook page.