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Intensive Summer Writing Camp for High School Sophomores and Juniors

June 16 - 20, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students select one genre - poetry, fiction or nonfiction - and focus on that genre throughout the week. They will work with professional writers and their own peers in order to hone their skills, develop their writing and receive personal feedback from someone working in their craft. At the end of the week, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a public reading that is open to friends and family. Classes are limited to 12 students each.

  • Improve your confidence and your wring with a week-long immersive workshop in the genre of choice
  • Focus on poetry, fiction, or nonfiction with peers who have the same interests
  • Work with an d get one-on-one feedback from a published writer in your genre
  • Experience the Duquesne University campus and see what it's like to be immersed in a college-level writing workshop

Cost: $375.00 (includes instruction, materials, and lunches)

Student select from among the following tracks:

Poetry Workshop

The poetry workshop will focus on different ways to appreciate and understand poetry-by reading poems, by listening to poems, by discussing poems, and, ultimately, by writing poems. We'll examine and discuss a variety of poetic forms, familiar and new, and students will have the opportunity to experiment with various forms and techniques. The class will additionally function as a workshop; in other words, students will be expected to read each other's work and then respond in a critically constructive fashion.

Creative Nonfiction Workshop

This course on creative nonfiction will introduce students to some of the basic forms of the nonfiction essay (profiles, personal narratives, essays on setting/place) by reading the work of published authors, responding to these essays, and then attempting their own. The class will function as a workshop; in other words, students will be expected to read each other's work and then respond in a critically constructive fashion.

Fiction Workshop

In this fiction writing workshop students will read a variety of published short stories, do exercises focused on specific craft issues (such as character, point of view, dialogue, etc.), write critical responses, and ultimately produce their own short stories. The class will additionally function as a workshop; in other words, students will be expected to read each other's work and then respond in a critically constructive fashion.

For more information, please call 412.396.5600.