UNC Asheville's creative writing summer program returns this year and now includes a new session for rising 6th-8th graders. The program offers each participating student experience in different aspects of writing under the tutelage of Asheville's finest writing instructors. New to the program this year will be hour-long, end-of-day workshops called Epilogues. These workshops will feature guest speakers who will address special writing-related topics such as The College Application Essay, Writing for Newspapers, Brainstorming Ideas, Careers in Writing, Writing for Social Media, and more.
Write Now (for rising 9th-12th graders)
Write Now is the session for high school students and will take place June 16-27, Monday through Friday. During the two-week session, students will be able to write, share, and discuss their own work with other area students, culminating in a reading at the end of the second week.
The topics this year's Write Now session will be led by instructors who have all taught in the Great Smokies Writing Program.
Tommy Hays has written several award winning novels, including Sam's Crossing, In the Family Way, The Pleasure Was Mine, and his latest work, a novel for younger readers called What I Came to Tell You. He is the Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University.
Jennifer McGaha is an Appalachian writer, teacher, and humorist whose creative nonfiction work has appeared in dozens of magazines and literary journals. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has taught composition and creative writing in a variety of settings, including the Great Smokies Writing Program, Brevard College, and Western Illinois University.
Eric Steineger teaches English at A-B Tech Community College and Mars Hill University. He is the Senior Poetry Editor for The Citron Review, and his poetry has been featured in several literary journals and magazines, including Asheville Poetry Review and The Los Angeles Review.
The cost for Write Now is $445 and includes all materials, as well as refreshments during breaks. Students will need to bring their own lunch each day.
To register for Write Now, please download the Write Now Registration Form and mail it in with your payment.
All Things Writing (for rising 6th-8th graders)
The session for middle school students, All Things Writing, will last one week and take place June 16-20. The session will allow students to write, share, and discuss their work, as well as learn exciting new ways to look at their work and other written works.
The following topics will be the focus of All Things Writing:
Writers are Readers
Which books are considered the all-time greatest? What makes a book a classic? This topic will take a look at the different lists and which books are on all the lists.
Synonyms, antonyms, and homophones...oh my! Word games are a way for serious writers to let down their hair/hare and play.
A creative nonfiction topic on writing from life...your life. Through "lifestorming" sessions, participants will transform their experiences and memories into creative prose.
The View from Here, or There
As a diner at a restaurant, what do you see, hear, smell, taste? What about the chef or the table next to you? Students will explore writing short pieces of creative writing from different points of view and explore the difference in effect on readers.
The cost for All Things Writing is $235 and includes all materials, as well as refreshments during breaks. Students will need to bring their own lunch each day.
To register for All Things Writing, please download the All Things Writing Registration Form and mail it in with your payment.