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The Young Authors Collective (YAC) — Rainbow Cohort for Teens ages 14-18 is a group of enthusiastic writers from around the globe who meet weekly via Zoom to write, build their storytelling skills, and connect with each other. This group is for those who identify as LGBTQIAP+ or as an ally. YAC — Rainbow meets each Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Mountain Time via Zoom. Attendance each week is highly encouraged but is not required. The first meeting of fall semester is Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Dates:

  • Feb 14, 21, 28
  • Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Apr 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9, 16

YAC—Rainbow instructor: Jesaka Long. You can find more details about YAC here.

YAC is an ideal place to create long-lasting connections and develop as a writer. We’ll look to LGBTQIA+ writers for examples and prompts as well as to expand our notion of the literary canon. Members of YAC build their skills across forms, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid/experimental; by workshopping (giving and receiving feedback) on their pieces; and engaging in craft lessons. They are also expected to meet deadlines, contribute to the group blog, and set writing goals. YAC members may also participate in Lighthouse community-based projects, which can include collaborating with established adult writers, joining the editorial board for the And We Created Worlds and community anthologies, gaining non-profit management experience, and more.

Tuition is $520 per semester; full and partial financial aid is available.

Please take your time with this application. Answer the questions as fully and thoughtfully as possible.

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