There are multiple ways of engaging with our community. You can join one of our online communities, submit work to our literary magazine, or become part of the research, editorial, or moderation teams.
Join our online writing community
If you are a youth age 13+, join our private, moderated writing community on Discord. After answering a short verification question, you can jump into the online community and access the many channels for conversation and feedback as well as multiple writing resources.
First stop: check out the community guidelines and post your introduction in the #introductions channel. If you are not sure about how to participate in Discord, you can watch a short overview video one of our moderators created.
Youth and adult moderators are available for support, and after you’ve participated in the community for a bit, you too can apply to be a moderator.
A note for adults: This is a youth-led space for writers, and while we are open to your participation as a fellow writer, we ask that you identify yourself as an educator, mentor, or other adult in your introduction and bio. If you’d like to talk with other educators, join the Facebook community.
Join the educator community
If you are an educator or interested in connecting with other educators or mentors about how to support youth writers globally in their writing, please join our private, moderated Facebook community. You will find curricular materials and a community of like-minded educators from around the world who want to talk and think together about supporting globally-connected writing activities in and beyond the classroom.
Apply to be a youth research fellow
We invite youth around the world to apply to be part of our W4C Fellows program three times a year. Each September, February, and June, we begin an 8-week internship program that will help you develop and research a question of interest to you and/or the team, guided by adult researchers and moderators. See this example of a publication that emerged from such an intergenerational inquiry featuring one of the previous research fellows. Applications open in August, January, and May each year.
Submit to our literary magazine!
We have an online literary magazine published twice a year. We invite all teen writers and artists to submit work in multiple genres, modalities, and languages. Learn more about the submission process or browse previous issues here. You can also apply to be part of the editorial team.