Community Programs

Teen Writing

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Teen Writers Workshops, partially funded through a grant from Quail Valley Charities, are free, interactive writing workshops offered throughout the school year and are open to teens and home-schooled students in grades 9 to 12. Annual workshops include Writing the College Essay, the Cambridge University American Stage Tour’s presentations on understanding Shakespeare, and Spoken Word Poetry. Additionally, we have offered various workshops on Editing, Blogging, Computer Coding, and Screenwriting. Each of these dynamic workshops, taught by either university faculty or published writers, gives students opportunities to not only explore but also obtain valuable feedback on their creative writing.

Our highly successful college essay writing workshops have helped hundreds of students learn how to craft impressive college entrance essays that are sure to gain the attention of admission officers. Through the Teen Writers Workshops, local students have won college scholarships and earned top honors in state and national contests, including the Guideposts Young Writers Contest, The Concord Review, and the Parade Magazine and Zora Neale Hurston poetry contests.

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Adult Writing

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Adult Writing Workshops bring local budding writers together with professional writers in a variety of genres including: travel writing, memoir, novel, film, short stories, poetry, and more.

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Summer Camp

Write in the Middle is the LRJF summer camp for middle school students. For a week at a time, students are exposed to writing, life lessons, art, multi-modal exercises, and more. Our campers come away from the experience inspired and informed.

Teen Listen

In a new initiative, LRJF is partnered with GYAC to help teens learn the process of interviewing members of the community and documenting their stories.

House Tours

Tours of Laura (Riding) Jackson’s home are each Saturday from 9-12 October to May. The house sits in its new location on the Vero Beach campus of IRSC. Map

Porch Poets

A dedicated community of local poets gathers together either on the porch of Laura’s house or in the downtown office to guide and inspire one another. Once a year, at our Poetry and BBQ, members of the Porch Poets share some of their work with the community.