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Write Rhode Island

Write Rhode Island



A Writing Competition for Students Across the Ocean State


This fall, the Newport Art Museum is pleased to partner again with Write Rhode Island to host 3 teen writing workshops in the galleries. Students will enjoy in-depth creative writing work with professional Goat Hill writers.  Attend one, or attend all three!



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14  |  1:00 - 3:00 pm, led by Janaya Kizzie

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21  |  1:00 - 3:00 pm, led by Maggie Miles

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28  |  1:00 - 3:00 pm, led by Maggie Miles


Workshops are free. Space is limited. Registration highly recommended.



Maggie Miles is a retired teacher and lifelong learner. Since relocating to Barrington three years ago from northern New Jersey and becoming a Rhode Islander, she has taught at School One, Hamilton House and the Lifelong Learning Collaborative (LLC).

Last year Maggie taught an intergenerational course on “Writing About Art” at School One/RISD Museum/Hamilton House. She enjoys teaching workshops to teens and teachers around Rhode Island as part of Write Rhode Island, our state’s short fiction competition for RI students in grades 7-12.   


Janaya Kizzie writes horror stories and the occasional prose-style sonnet. Providence inspires her often, and her career as an archivist often informs the historical elements in her creative work. She is particularly interested in genre fiction (especially historical fiction, horror and sci fi), interstitial fiction, small-batch self-publishing, and the places where writing meets other things, like visual art, music and film.



Write Rhode Island is a creative writing competition sponsored by Providence's School One and the Goat Hill writers group for students grade 7-12.  

Students' passion and interests are at the heart of their connection to literature. Write Rhode Island's aim is to encourage students to become better writers and to provide an opportunity for them to develop their own expressive voices and share their perspectives of the world. 

​Public, private, parochial or home-school students in Rhode Island currently in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in Write Rhode Island. Though students are not required to sign up for a workshop to enter the competition, we hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity to visit and work in the Newport Art Museum galleries.

Winners of Write Rhode Island will receive prizes, awards and publication in a print anthology. This anthology will be published in March and there will be several book launches, readings and celebrations.