UNC Asheville's Creative Writing Summer Program for High School Students
"Write Now," a creative writing program for high school students, returns this summer at UNC Asheville. Write Now offers each participating student experience in different styles of writing – fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry – under the tutelage of three of Asheville's finest writing instructors. Meet the Instructors.
The 2013 Write Now session will be June 17 - 28, 10am to 3pm each day (Monday through Friday). The fee for the session is $445 and includes required books, materials, and lunch each day. To register, please complete the registration form.
Please contact Nancy Williams with any questions: 828.250.2353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing True: An Exploration of the Approaches to Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Janet Hurley
Creative non-fiction is not an oxymoron! We'll take a look at the realm of what some call the "4th genre," (from memoir to magazine feature articles to multi-media essays to explorations of historical events/issues), discuss the ethics of "true stories" and explore how the craft considerations of fiction and poetry apply. During the first week, our time will be spent in discussion, experiential activities and writing exercises. In week two, participants will focus in on one creative non-fiction piece to workshop in small groups.
Craft and Practice for Fiction Writers
Instructor: Elizabeth Lutyens
We will begin with what you know best: yourself. Through a series of in-class exercises based on real-life people and experiences, you will create a character, design a world for her/him to inhabit, discover a plot, and write a narrative with a clear beginning, middle, and end. By the end of the course, you will have a complete first draft of at least one short story. We will examine aspects of story such as point of view, tense, setting, dialogue, voice, characterization, and conflict, and the text From Where You Dream, by Robert Olen Butler, will reveal the secret ingredient that every story must contain. In addition to the writing workshops and discussions of craft, we will look at published stories and novel excerpts. The aim, over all, is to improve your skill at reading like writers and at writing like real writers. As Stephen King said (in his book On Writing): "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."
Contemporary Poetry: Writing in the Current
Instructor: Vievee Francis
Through reading, writing exercises and games, we will jump right into the quick stream of today's literary practices and approaches. We will take a close look at pop culture's influence on poets, from comic books to coffee, movies to improv, fastidiousness to fast food (yay, burgers!). We will consider the poetry of Ray McDaniel, A. Van Jordan, Brian Deitrich, Crystal Williams, Jack Grapes and others who don't mind letting their inner "geek" show. Why not muddy the lines a bit between what is spoken and what is written? Let's write, write, write and have fun while we're at it.