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.
Click on the links below for information about each program. Scholarships are available.
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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 18 -22, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
- Session II: July 16 -20, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
All Things Poetry, Eric Steineger: This class can be considered an introduction to all things poetry. How is poetry different from other genres of writing? What makes poetry exciting? We will look at a range of poets — from Shel Silverstein all the way to accessible, contemporary work. The focus: To have fun and to gain an appreciation for poetry — its music, its heart, its ability to inspire. Students will practice writing poems early in the week, and always in a supportive environment.
All Things Writing, Delana Parker: We will cover several aspects of creative writing, essay format, and public speaking. We’ll also practice writing from other perspectives, using visual prompts to write a story, use an author’s example to inspire a story, and so much more!
Embody Your Artistry, Melody Henry: We’re going to journey deeper into discovering your innate talent, intrinsic superpowers, and hidden potential. Our objectives this week will be to co-create habits that support a life of authentic expression & practical tools to tap into creative flow and to gain an understanding of how to fully express oneself. Be inspired! Find your voice! Celebrate you!
Writing from Memories (June only), Peg Downes: We’ll kick off by talking about what brain science tells us about memory: how, and how well, do we “remember”? What’s your earliest memory? How does it affect who you are now? Do you recall what made you happy a week ago? An hour ago? How do the details compare? What was great about your best friend in first grade? We’ll write about such things, and we’ll learn some
techniques from famous authors who have turned their memories into publications.
Legends and Lore (July only), Alli Marshall: Using mythology and folklore as inspiration, we'll rework these familiar stories in fresh ways and craft new work based on ancient archetypes. We'll also discuss how current middle grade books and movies are based on stories from mythology.
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.
To register for All Things Writing, please download the 2018 All Things Writing registration form and mail it in with your payment.
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 18 - 22, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
- Session II: July 16 - 20, 10am - 4pm (with early drop-off option from 9am - 10 am)
The Illuminated Moment: A Flash Fiction Workshop, Beth Keefauver: Flash fiction is a dynamic genre. With the rise of social media and short attention span readers, as well as the form’s unique ability to double as prose poetry, flash has become increasingly popular for writers and readers alike. In this workshop, we will focus on the intensity of the short prose form as “illuminated moment.” Through prompts and exercises,
students will practice writing various flash stories with attention to narrative and lyrical elements.
Poetry Exploration, Eric Steineger: This class examines poetry — where it has been, where it is going, and the options one has when writing a poem. Students will be introduced to poems written in form, free verse poems, and poems that do not fit the usual criteria. The focus: To have fun while learning about poetry, and to be challenged in a welcoming, low-stress environment. Students will practice writing poems early in the week, and there will be opportunities for workshopping.
Minding Our Own: A Deep Dive into Personal Writing, Jennifer McGaha: In this session, students will write nonfiction pieces based on their interviews with someone special in their lives. Using NPR's StoryCorps program as a model, students will choose interview subjects, write their own questions, record in-depth interviews with their subjects, and compose essays or stories based on these interviews. Students will also workshop and revise these pieces before sharing them with the larger group at the end of the week.
Worldbuilding, Jamie Ridenhour: Do you feel like you know Middle Earth, Hogwarts, or District 12 as well as your own hometown? Do you wonder how authors create worlds so rich and complex they seem like they must really exist? Have you ever wanted to do the same thing? Join us for a dive into worldbuilding.
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.
To register for Write Now, please download the 2018 Write Now Registration Form and mail it in with your payment.