ENGL 2000: Introduction to Creative Writing | July 6 – 25, 2014

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.


Open to high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2014-2015 academic year.


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.

Register online or by mail. A student interest statement (300 words or less) and a $400 deposit are required to register. The deposit will be credited towards your account which must be paid in full by May 8, 2014. Registration ends May 1, 2014 and the course is limited to 20 students.

After completing enrollment, you will be asked to complete and return the Summer College Required Form Packet, as well as a copy of the participant's health insurance card (front and back) as proof of health insurance.

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, James Birdsong at 334.844.5817.

Last Updated: April 3, 2014