In collaboration with the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation and Charlotte Terry, Pam Proctor created the Teen Writers Workshop, a series of free half-day seminars designed to introduce high school students to professional novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, and nonfiction book writers.

Since its founding in Vero Beach, Florida, in July 2000, the Teen Writers Workshop has conducted more than twenty workshops, including three in the Indian River Correctional Institution for teen felons adjudicated as adults. More than 1400 high school students from six Florida counties have participated in the program, which has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Quail Valley Charities, Inc., and philanthropist Suzanne Bertman.

Students at the Teen Writers Workshop in Vero Beach Florida

As a result of the workshops, students have published poetry chapbooks and won literary awards, contests, and scholarships. In 2008, the Teen Writers Workshop conducted four workshops for nearly 400 students, with funding by Quail Valley Charities, Inc. Leading off the year in April was a program on fiction writing with novelist David Hagberg, followed by a summer session on poetry with poet/rancher/artist Sean Sexton.  The season culminated in the fall with two back-to-back sessions on college essay writing with journalist Lisa Zahner, Executive Director of Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County. In 2010, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, drew nearly 200 students at two sessions at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach.

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August 2010 Workshop
Funded by a generous grant from Suzanne Bertman

Guest Writer:  Dr. Kevin McCarthy, Prof. of English and Florida History, University of Florida
Topic: How to Write Winning Essays for College and Scholarships

August 2010 Teen Writers Workshop Guest Writer is Dr. Kevin McCarthy, Professor Emeritus of English and Florida History, University of Florida
August 2009 Workshop
Funded by a generous grant from Suzanne Bertman

Guest Writer: Deborah Sharp
former USA Today reporter and author of
Mama Rides Shotgun, a Mace Bauer Mystery

Rainey Mills aspiring Novelist honored at the Teen Writers Workshop in Vero Beach, Florida

Aspiring novelist Rainey Mills (center) received honors as a Writing Fellow of the Teen Writers Workshop on April 26, 2008. The award was presented to Rainey by bestselling suspense writer David Hagberg and Suzanne Bertman, a representative of Quail Valley Charities, Inc.  Students who attend three workshops and submit a piece of writing are eligible for the award, which is given to the top five percent of teens participating in the nationally acclaimed writing program.

Listen to thriller writer David Hagberg's radio interview with host Marcia Littlejohn on Treasure & Space Coast Radio

Author David Hagberg
David Hagberg, Forge Books
Photo Credit: Jere Pechstein

Brooke Willis Published in The Concord Review

The Summer 2009 issue of The Concord Review, an internationally recognized journal for high school history students, features an essay by Brooke Willis, a member of the Teen Writers Workshop.  Brooke’s essay on Nellie Bly, the first female investigative journalist, was one of eleven selected for the latest issue of the quarterly journal from submissions around the globe. 
The Concord Review was founded in 1987 by Will Fitzhugh to recognize and publish exemplary history essays by high school students.  Since that time, it has published the work of teen authors from forty-four states and thirty-five foreign countries.  The Concord Review lays claim to being the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic work of secondary students. 


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Photo highlights from June 21, 2008 workshop with poet-rancher Sean Sexton. Sexton showed students a still life he had painted and asked them to write a poem about it. Photo credits: Lauren Allik

Pam Proctor at Book Signing of Points of Light in Saigon Viet Nam
As Hanoi University faculty and students crowd around, Pam signs her book, POINTS OF LIGHT: a Celebration of the American Spirit of Giving, co-authored with artist Thomas Kinkade and featuring a foreword by the first President George Bush (photo by William Proctor).
"We are trying to … start a fire within them to be the best they can be."

Pam Proctor, The Viet Nam News

In May 2007, Pam led a team of six writers to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a week-long series of writing workshops at Hanoi University, the premier university for language study in Vietnam and a growing powerhouse in business education.

The workshops were attended by teachers from the university’s English and business departments, as well as by faculty members from three other universities. The workshops replicated a successful series she led at Hanoi University in 2004 with a team of seven writers, whose work was underwritten in part by a cultural exchange grant from the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.

Pam Proctor at Hanoi University

A strategy meeting in the conference room of the President of Hanoi University.

Bill Proctor at Hanoi University Writers Workshop

Things are looking up for Bill Proctor, who takes a peek at a student’s writing sample during a workshop on nonfiction writing.

Pam Proctor lectures at Hanoi University

Pam lectures on journalistic techniques to a class of teachers and top students at Hanoi University (photo by William Proctor).

Viet Nam News, May 15, 2004

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Participants of the Hanoi Writers Workshop

Welcome to Teen Writers Workshop - presented by acclaimed Florida author, Pam Proctor. The workshop is conducted in Vero Beach Florida and in Hanoi Vietman and enhances the writing skills of high school students.
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