Emerging Writers Workshop: Creative Nonfiction

June 19-21, 2014 (Residential)

Age:  Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

Cost:  $200

Promising high school students will develop their voice and hone their writing skills in the expanding genre of creative nonfiction. 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 workshop fosters the authors of tomorrow.

Hiram College will award a $1,000 scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2014 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College.  Renewable up to four years.  (Potential of $4,000 total in scholarship award.)

Who conducts the Emerging Writers Workshops?

Kirsten Parkinson, Professor of English and the Director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.

Mary Quade, Associate Professor of English 

Jeffrey Swenson, Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

Jeanne Dutton, Adjunct Professor of English

Where is the Emerging Writers Workshop: Creative Nonfiction?

The Emerging Writers Workshop: Creative Nonfiction is a three-day, residential summer learning experience held on the Hiram College campus, located in Hiram, Ohio.  Hiram's campus is 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 1890's 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 2014 Emerging Writers Workshop: Creative Nonfiction is aimed at high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.

+ Register & pay online

+ Pay OnlyIf you have already 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: Creative Nonfiction is $200.  Meals, housing and all activities associated with the academy 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 in 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, telephone number and email address 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 are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to register.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for registration is May 30, 2014 has been extended to June 12, 2014.   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 faculty leading the academy.  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: Creative Nonfiction, students will receive via email a link to materials for the academy including:

  • Emerging Writers Workshop: Creative Nonfiction Schedule
  • Some Things to Do Before the Workshop: Assignment Sheet
  • Short Reading Assignment
  • Family Invitation to the Student Readings on Saturday, June 21
  • 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

Refund Policy

Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance.  A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the academy.  Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the academy will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be made after that date.

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Lisa Schneider, Manager, Institutional Advancement Programs
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Deadline: May 30, 2014
Extended to June 12, 2014

Program Materials

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