ENGL 2000: Introduction to Creative Writing

July 2015

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

This course if offered by the College of Liberal Arts and led by Michelle Hopf, a certified teacher holding an MA in Creative Writing, with two years of experience editing a literary journal and experience as a Poetry Out Loud coordinator. Published authors, to include Chantel Acevedo and David Roby, will serve as "guest teachers" each week.

Students will earn 3 hours of college credit.

Prerequisites

Open to rising junior and senior high school students with good academic standing.

Register

Program cost is $4,000 which includes tuition, books, supplies, housing, dining, and transportation (program field trips), as well as social and recreational activities. Students will have access to campus facilities to include labs, libraries, and the new Rec and Wellness Center.

Required Forms and Insurance

Please complete the required camp form packet below, no later than two weeks prior to the start of camp. All information provided remains confidential.

If you consent to allowing campers to self-administer required medication, please print and complete the form listed below. (NOTE: You will need to upload this form when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

As proof of health insurance, all participants must upload a copy of their health insurance card (front and back) with the camp form packet. If the participant does not have current health insurance coverage; please contact us as soon as possible for options. (NOTE: You will need to upload the front and back of your insurance card when you reach the end of the Summer Camp Form Packet.)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Please read our Cancellation & Refund Policy.

General Information

Information on IT, safety and supervision, student conduct, getting to Auburn, health services, insurance, students with disabilities, and refund policy is available on the general information page.

Contact Information

For program questions, please contact the coordinator, Jeff Dyal at 334.844.5817.

Last Updated: October 17, 2014