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Intensive Summer Writing Camp for High School Students

June 15-19, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photograph of students writing togetherStudents select one genre - poetry or fiction - 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.

It's a great opportunity for high school students to:

  • Improve their confidence and writing with a week-long immersive workshop in the genre of choice
  • Focus on poetry or fiction with peers who have the same interests
  • Work with and get one-on-one feedback from a published writer in their genre
  • Experience the Duquesne University campus and see what it's like to be immersed in a college-level writing workshop
  • Have work published in a small journal put together as a showcase of the session's most successful writing

Cost: $425 (includes instruction, materials, and lunches) for new students;
$375 for returning students

Students 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, Photograph of a high school student reading at a podiumby 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. With the small class-size, the group's interests will also help direct the focus of lessons; interested students will also have the opportunity to learn about the publication process.

Fiction Workshop

Photograph of a high school student reading at a podiumIn 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.

The Instructors

Karen Dwyer (fiction) Karen Dwyer is a writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her recent fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Arts and Letters, Other Voices, The Southeast Review, The Gettysburg Review, Granta, and Brain Child magazine. She teaches fiction and literature at Point Park University.

Ashley Kunsa (poetry) Ashley Kunsa's work has been published in the Roanoke Review, The Los Angeles Review, and the Lehigh Valley Vanguard. She is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Duquesne University and holds an MFA in fiction writing from Penn State. Ashley has received the A Room of Her Own foundation's Orlando prize and an honorable mention in Narrative magazine's 30 Below contest, and she can be found online at www.ashleykunsa.com.

For enrollment information, please call 412.396.6428 or register online