GEAR UP Birmingham City Schools: Creative Writing Studio
July 16-21, 2017 CAMP FULL

Stories cram your brain, "plot bunnies" take over your imagination when you least expect them to, and poetic thoughts keep you up at night. Does this sound like you? Then you are probably a writer. We invite you to join us for an intensive writing course at Auburn University, dedicated to feeding your hungry muse and sharpening your writing skills in three genres – fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. This is an opportunity for rising 9th and 10th graders in the GEAR UP Birmingham City Schools program. Here's some of what students can expect:

  • Participation in workshops and writing craft classes with the goal of producing original fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. One short story, a work of creative nonfiction or drama, and three poems are the required assignments. Students will develop of portfolio of creative work.
  • Daily reading, with an eye towards the "architecture" of how a published piece works.
  • A tour of how a literary journal, the acclaimed Southern Humanities Review, works, discovering what editors do on a day to day basis.
  • Writing activities designed to encourage immersion in Auburn, aptly named "the loveliest city on the plains," Students can expect to take some lively literary tours around town.
  • Special guest speakers.

This course is offered by the College of Liberal Arts of Auburn University and led by published authors, who will serve as "guest teachers" each week.

Finally, the program will end with a reading of student work at the Auburn University Student Center Starbucks (parents and friends invited)!


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner is held in The Village Dining facility, where they have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.


The majority of the campers’ instructional hours will be in the College of Liberal Arts facility, Haley Center.

The Creative Writing camp is full for Summer 2017.

Last Updated: March 29, 2017