Creative Writing Studio: July 8-13, 2018
Rising 9th – 12th Grade
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. 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 Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts faculty and staff and includes time with notable published authors, who will serve as "guest teachers" during the week.
Finally, the program will end with a reading of student work at the Auburn University Lowder Building Starbucks (parents and friends invited)!
Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.
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.
Jeremy M. Downes
Jeremy M. Downes, Professor, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A specialist in epic poetry (beginnings to the present), he is the author of two studies of epic, The Female Homer and Recursive Desire, and of three collections of poetry. He also manages the web directory HyperEpos, a substantial collection of links to epic texts, resources, and materials, and serves as Vice President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He is currently at work on a study of American local and regional epic as a Poetry Out Loud coordinator.
Ash Parsons has been involved in Child and Youth Advocacy since college. Recently she taught English to middle- and high-school students in rural Alabama. Watching some of her students face seemingly impossible problems helped inspire her first novel, Still Waters. Additionally she has taught creative writing for Troy University’s ACCESS program and media studies at Auburn University. Ash lives in Alabama with her family. Still Waters is her first novel. Her second novel, The Falling Between Us comes out March 2018!
CAMP FEE: $725 and includes:
- On campus housing
- All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
- Program instruction, materials and equipment
- Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
- Recreational activities
Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so register early!
If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:
- A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
- A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
- No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.
Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.
Last Updated: February 7, 2018