Join A Community Of Young Writers
An Online Writing Program with Live One-to-One Instruction and Real Peer Connections
Gifted Writers Academy is a place to learn, get and give feedback, make friends and become a better writer
We're a tight-knit group of young novelists, poets, playwrights, and documentarians
Whether you're a rising poet, novelist, documentarian, or playwright, The Gifted Writers Academy is the perfect place to start your writing career. We begin with our "Writing Essentials" course, a program that exposes young writers to the wide world of writing – and many genres they may have never considered. After Writing Essentials, students can select a "track," like the "Portfolio" course or the soon-to-come courses in screenwriting, essay and composition, college essay writing, and advanced poetry. The tracks are designed to go deep into the young writer's area of interest, while still exposing them to other technical skills.
Meet The Gifted Writers Team
Program founder/director, Ted Ibur, was an English teacher for 27 years until joining the staff at Saint Louis University as Executive Director of the St. Louis Literary Award and as an English liaison for the 1818 Dual Enrollment Program. He received a BA in both English and Sociology with a minor in Journalism and Creative Writing from Mizzou, and earned an MA in Education from Washington University. For the first ten years of his teaching career, Ibur was also a full-time musician playing drums in several bands. His 2012 debut novel written under his full name, Edward Scott Ibur, is called Teacher of the Year, a satirical comedy set in a middle school. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively called Teitel, and a play—both comedies.