Virtual Creative Writing Studio: July 20-24, 2020
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 online, 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. Students will develop of portfolio of creative work.
  • Daily reading, with an eye towards the "architecture" of how a published piece works.
  • 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.

Campers will meet on Zoom following the schedule below. All times are in Central Standard Time.

  • Discussion: 10:15–11:00 a.m.
  • Workshop: 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Guest speaker: 3:30–4:15 p.m (Tues-Thurs)

On Friday, campers will share their work during a final performance at 4:15 p.m.

Jeremy M. Downes
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.





Pictured, Ash Parsons, author of Still Waters and The Falling Space Between Us.
Ash Parsons

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!





Pictured, Amber Simpson, writer, teacher, and researcher at Auburn University.
Amber Simpson

Amber Simpson is a writer, teacher, and researcher at Auburn University, where she is also working on her PhD in rhetoric and composition. She earned her MA at Auburn University (’15) and her BA at Lyon College (’12). She writes both prose and poetry, and her creative work has appeared in Extract(s), Pif, and The Wheelbarrow.

Virtual Camp Fees are $185

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy:

All cancellation and transfer requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to or call (334)844-5100.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 4 week prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $40.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

Transfer Policy:

  1. A camper’s registration for one program may be transferred to another program. Prior to May 1, 2020, there is no charge to change programs. After May 1, 2020, there is a $25 fee per transfer.
  2. A camper’s registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee per transfer.

Last Updated: July 13, 2020