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Creative Writing Workshop

Program dates: June 17-22, 2018

Program cost: $850

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 17, and depart Friday, June 22.

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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 17

  • Check-in
  • Welcome reception

 Monday, June 18

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

Tuesday, June 19

  • Writing about art — ecphrasis poetry
  • Strategies for thinking and seeing like a writer
  • Afternoon in the Figge Museum*, using art for inspiration

Wednesday, June 20

  • Writing about place and trying our hand at historical fiction
  • Afternoon at Chippiannock Cemetery to learn about the symbols on the graves and gather ideas for characters from another time. There are some famous 
    criminals and interesting characters in this historic, 160 year old cemetery.
  • Stop at Whitey's Ice Cream* on the way back to class

Thursday, June 21

  • Writing scripts and plays, creative ways to combine genres
  • Afternoon time to play games that lead to writing ideas
  • Writing time and time to practice effective revision strategies
  • Time to meet individually with instructor about your writing (optional)

Friday, June 22

  • 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 the pedagogy of teaching research papers in first-year college classes, young adolescent 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 cook.