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Creative Writing Workshop

Program dates: June 16-20, 2019

Program cost: $680

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 16, and depart Thursday, June 20.

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Course description

There isn’t much time to write creatively in high school, so come to Summer Academy and write poetry, short stories, plays and more. Students will try writing exercises to get their creativity flowing and do activities to have new experiences to write about. 

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different forms and genres and by the end of the week will have a notebook of ideas, at least a couple of completed new pieces, as well as lots of fun memories and new friends. No prior experience necessary!

Tentative schedule

Sunday, June 16

  • Check-in
  • Welcome reception

 Monday, June 17

  • Get your class journal, three-ring binder and other necessary writing supplies*
  • How to get ideas and get started — pre-writing activites
  • Showing, not telling — writing with detail

Tuesday, June 18

  • Writing about art — ecphrasis poetry
  • Strategies for thinking and seeing like a writer
  • A few hours in the Figge Museum*, using art for inspiration
  • A stop at Whitey's Ice Cream* shop (local deliciousness) on the way back to class

Wednesday, June 19

  • Writing about place and trying our hand at historical fiction (scripts, plays and combined genres) 
  • Afternoon visit to the 160 year old Chippiannock Cemetery* to learn about the symbols on the graves and gather ideas for characters from another time (if weather permits) 
  • Writing time and time to practice effective revision strategies 

Thursday, June 20

  • Writing and conferencing time in a local coffee shop* 
  • Discuss your writing individually with teacher and with peers 
  • Share writing with the class, if you want to 
  • Time for questions about writing and more 
  • You will be mailed a copy of the class publication later in the summer* 

* Included in course fee

Instructor: Katie Hanson

Katie Hanson
Katie Hanson

Katie Hanson is an assistant professor in English and education. She teaches literature and writing courses in the English department and teaches future English teachers in the education department. Her research interests include young adolescent literature, children’s literature, and literacy strategies. She has taught writing for 30 years. 

In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband and three children. She also likes to read, write, and bake.