Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction: A High School Writing Workshop
June 20 - 22, 2013 (residential)
An intensive high school writing workshop for students with a passion for writing.
What is the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction?
At Hiram College's Emerging Writers Workshop, promising high school students will develop their voice and hone their writing skills in the expanding genre of creative nonfiction. In this three-day residential learning experience on the Hiram College campus, students with a passion for writing will work closely with Hiram faculty to create new work, revise existing pieces, and use research creatively to enhance their writing. One session will focus on writing about place in the fields and woods at the Hiram College Field Station. The Workshop will conclude with a public reading of students' work that family and friends are encouraged to attend. The Emerging Writers Workshop fosters the authors of tomorrow.
What is creative nonfiction?
Creative nonfiction is the exploration of fact using the craft of literature. The genre examines real people, places, and events through evocative, surprising language and unique voice. The various forms of creative nonfiction include personal essay, memoir, and literary journalism.
Who conducts the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction?
Mary Quade is Assistant Professor of English and a published poet and essayist. She teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and screenwriting at Hiram College; she will lead the revision workshops.
Jeffrey Swenson is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. He teaches creative writing and American literature; he will teach the sessions on writing about place at the Field Station.
When and where is the Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction?
The Emerging Writers Workshop will be held June 20 - 22, 2013 on the campus of Hiram College, a 45-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron. Participants will stay two nights in a residence hall.
Participants will also be able to spend time in the Love Writing House while on campus. The Queen Anne style house at 6811 Hinsdale Street is home to Hiram College writers. It was built in the 1890s and served in the early years as a boarding house for students. In 2008 the house was given to the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature exclusively for the support and encouragement of Hiram's talented writers. Classes, readings, and social events are held in the Love Writing House throughout the year, contributing to the distinctive experience Hiram College offers its emerging writers.
The 2013 Emerging Writers Workshop in Creative Nonfiction is aimed at high school students with a passion for writing. High school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall of 2013 are welcome to register. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.
+ Pay Only: If you have previously registered, but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.
Cost and Payment Arrangements
The total cost for The Emerging Writers Workshop is $55. Meals, housing and all activities associated with the Workshop are covered in this price. The online registration form is linked to two online payment options. Payment arrangements include:
Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard. When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included to the total amount charged.
Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.
Other Requirements for Participation
500 Word Creative Writing Sample: Registrants are asked to attach a 500 word creative writing sample with their registration. Students may include a short piece in its entirety or an excerpt from a longer work, provided they remain within the 500-word limit. The sample should be prose fiction or nonfiction; no poetry samples will be accepted.
Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title and telephone number of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf. We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.
Register Early! Space is Limited!
The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance. High school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall of 2013 are welcome to register. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
The deadline for registration is May 31, 2013. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 7, 2013. SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE. Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Notification of Acceptance
Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the English faculty leading the Workshop. As soon as a student has been approved, Lisa Schneider will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.
A week or so before the Emerging Writers Workshop, students will receive via postal mail a packet containing:
- Emerging Writers Workshop Schedule
- Some Things to Do Before the Workshop: Assignment Sheet
- Short Reading Assignment
- Family Invitation to the Student Readings on Saturday, June 22
- Emergency Medical Form (must be signed by your parent or guardian in order to participate)
- Directions to Hiram College
- Campus Map
- List of Items to Bring with You
Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance. A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the Emerging Writers Workshop. Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made after that date.
Deadline for registration
JUNE 7, 2013
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE. Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible
Lisa Schneider, Manager, Institutional Advancement Programs