Summer Writing Programs (grades 6-12)

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UNC Asheville's summer writing program returns this year with week-long sessions in June and July for rising 6th-8th graders ("All Things Writing") and rising 9th-12th graders ("Write Now"). The programs offer each participating student experience in different aspects of writing under the tutelage of Asheville's finest writing instructors. Students will also participate in 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, and more.

Click on the links below for information about each program.

Please contact Nancy Williams with any questions at 828.250.2353 or nwilliam@unca.edu.

All Things Writing (for rising 6th-8th graders)

This summer, we are offering two sessions of All Things Writing, UNC Asheville's creative writing summer program for middle school students. Each 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.

  • Session I: June 20 - 24, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
  • Session II: July 18 - 22, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)

Cost

The cost for All Things Writing is $265 and includes all materials, as well as refreshments during breaks. Students will need to bring their own lunch each day.

Registration

To register for All Things Writing, please download the 2016 All Things Writing registration form and mail it in with your payment.

Instructors

Peg Downes (Session I), Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Literature & Language at UNC Asheville, taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses at the university from 1981-2011; she also held several administrative positions at the university. Before coming to UNC Asheville, she taught middle school in Chicago. Now retired, she volunteers in our community.

Kelly Merritt (Session I) is an author and lifestyle journalist specializing in architecture, culinary and travel writing. A native North Carolinian, Kelly is a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop, The Author’s Guild and past associate member of the International Thriller Writers Association. She especially enjoys helping people discover the art of writing and has taught writing classes at universities, workshops and through mentoring, helped young people begin their own writing careers.

Jamieson Ridenhour (Sessions I and II) is novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. He is the author of Barking Mad, a comedy werewolf murder-mystery; In Darkest London, an academic study of Gothic London, and Grave Lullaby, a national finalist for the David Cohen playwriting award; as well as editor of the Valancourt edition of Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla. His award-winning short horror films "Cornerboys" and "The House of the Yaga" are featured on GeekNation.com. His fiction and poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Architrave, Across the Margins, TheNewerYork, Mirror Dance and others, and has been podcast at Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and Radio Unbound.

Delana Parker (Session II) is a teacher of 13 years with an MA in Education, a BA in Psychology, and licensure in AIG education. She has taught in UNC Asheville’s SAT Prep and GRE Prep programs for 11 years, as well as serving as an adjunct professor in UNC Asheville’s Department of Education. Parker writes, "I believe that learning should be engaging, relevant, and, above all, fun!  When my students leave my classroom, I hope they are leaders, readers, writers and life-long learners." She loves animals, books, positive people and being outside!

Mike Cronin (Session II) is a journalist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. In 18 years as a broadcast and print journalist, Cronin has won several awards, including the Peabody and two duPonts, a Murrow. He has worked for Bill Moyers, Minnesota Public Radio, The Arizona Republic, Associated Press and Texas Watchdog, among others. His favorite things to write about are people and things that inspire awe, such as Apollo astronauts, artificial intelligence and robot missions to Mars. Cronin learned Spanish while reporting in Peru and teaching English in Barcelona, Spain. He earned a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in politics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Write Now (for rising 9th-12th graders)

This summer, we are offering two sessions of Write Now, UNC Asheville's creative writing summer program for high school students. During each week-long 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 week.

  • Session I: June 20 - 24, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
  • Session II: July 18 - 22, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)

Our instructors are the best of the best from the Great Smokies Writing Program and UNC Asheville faculty. In addition to the daily writing courses, we close the day with an hour-long Epilogue: special topics on writing presented by guest speakers, including professional writers in a variety of writing careers, representatives from our admissions and career services offices to talk about college essay writing, and test preparation professionals to work on prepping for the verbal sections of the SAT.

Cost

The cost for Write Now is $265 and includes all materials, as well as refreshments during breaks. Students will need to bring their own lunch each day.

Registration

To register for Write Now, please download the 2016 Write Now Registration Form and mail it in with your payment.

Instructors

Kelly Merritt (Session I) is an author and lifestyle journalist specializing in architecture, culinary and travel writing. A native North Carolinian, Kelly is a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network, the North Carolina Writer’s Workshop, The Author’s Guild and past associate member of the International Thriller Writers Association. She especially enjoys helping people discover the art of writing and has taught writing classes at universities, workshops and through mentoring, helped young people begin their own writing careers.

New York Times best-selling author Megan Shepherd (Sessions I and II)’s debut novel The Madman’s Daughter won the 2013 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award, was a 2014 SIBA Book Award finalist, and received a starred review from School Library Journal. She has published two more books in the Madman’s Daughter series, Her Dark Curiosity and A Cold Legacy, as well as launching a new series with The Cage. She is also the author of Secret Horses of Briar Hill, a forthcoming historical middle grade novel. Her nonfiction has appeared in the children’s magazines Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope.

Eric Steineger (Sessions I and II) teaches English at Mars Hill University and in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program. He is the Poetry Editor of The Citron Review, while his work has been featured in Tinderbox, The Los Angeles Review, Redheaded Stepchild, and Asheville Poetry Review. Occasionally, he organizes poetry events for Black Mountain College Museum. This is his third time teaching poetry for Write Now, and he loves it.

Jennifer McGaha (Session II) has, for the past two decades, taught writing workshops for students from 18 years to 90-plus years old. A western North Carolina native, McGaha lives with her husband, five dogs, numerous chickens,herd of dairy goats, and one high-maintenance cat in a wooded Appalachian hollow where she farms and writes about family, farming, and Appalachian culture. Her creative nonfiction, essays, and humor pieces have appeared in dozens of blogs, magazines, and journals including The Good Men Project, PANK, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baltimore Fishbowl, Your Impossible Voice, The Brooklyner, Switchback, Little Patuxent Review, Lumina, and others. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.