The Young Writers in Paradise Workshop at Eckerd College is a six day (five night) program designed to give rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore and develop their talents in poetry and prose writing. Students will hone their writing skills by attending lectures, panels, and craft discussions led by Eckerd College creative writing faculty and by participating in daily critique sessions and activities led by creative writing students.
Each morning, students will participate in talks on varied subjects such as: forms of poetry, craft discussions, narrative techniques, and more. During the afternoons, students will meet in small groups to write, read, and critique their work. Each group will give students’ work detailed attention. In the evenings, students will enhance their relationship with writing through activities, all culminating in a showcase of student work.
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
June 12 – 17, 2016
Students entering 11th or 12th grade in August/September 2016
$600 per student. Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging, and snacks.
VISIT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ART
Learn how art and writing intersect in ekphrasis study. Explore the museum and over 14,000 objects to inspire your work.
WALK BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE
Explore the tenants of nature writing in this beautiful preserve.
PARTICIPATE IN EVENING ACTIVITIES
Keep the conversation going after classes as you join your fellow students for a variety of social activities which may include: game night, movie night, open mic night, discussions, karaoke, pool party, as well as recreational opportunities! You will also meet and talk with Eckerd College creative writing students and learn about the Eckerd Experience.
ATTEND COLLEGE LEVEL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Take part in creative writing lectures and workshops, where the emphasis of class is on student-generated work.
During your free time, you can enjoy Eckerd’s facilities including outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and more.
At the end of this program, a certificate of completion and a description of the sessions offered will be available to any students completing the program, should they wish to include them in future college applications.
Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single sex residence hall.
Interact with Eckerd College’s dynamic faculty in the classroom, during informal discussions, meals and field trips. Our faculty for this program include:
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, received his MFA from The Ohio State University and is the author of the novel Pulled From the River. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in several literary magazines. He is a staff reader for Epiphany. He will teach and lead the prose workshops, as well as help lead and organize all evening activities.
Conference Coordinator for Writers in Paradise and Creative Writing Adjunct, received her MFA from the University of South Florida. Her poetry has appeared in several literary magazines and she is working on completing her first collection of poems. She will teach ekphrasis writing and lead the poetry workshops, as well as lead and organize all evening activities.
Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, received his M.A. from the University of South Carolina and is a poet whose first volume, Crucial Beauty, won the 1990 Loiderman Poetry Prize. His most recent volume is Wayward Passages. His poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines.
Kevin (K.C.) Wolfe
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, MFA, The Ohio State University, is a fiction writer, essayist and editor. His essays and short stories have appeared in a number of journals. He co-founded the literary journal Sweet and serves as nonfiction editor for the magazine and as an acquisitions editor in their books division, Sweet Publications. In addition to his teaching duties, he administers Creative Writing’s Journalism Minor and serves as faculty adviser to Eckerd’s award-winning student newspaper, The Current. He will be teaching Nature Writing.
To apply, you must complete and submit the following:
Your application will not be complete until we are in receipt of ALL items listed above.
Registration for Young Writers in Paradise must be received no later than May 15, 2016 and will be determined on a first-come first-served basis. A $600 USD registration fee will be due at the time of registering. Registration will be available at the end of January.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. To be considered for a scholarship, please fill out the separate application form for scholarships . Scholarships will be awarded based on need until scholarship money is no longer available.
No refund will be issued for the following:
Registrations that are cancelled prior to the no refund period will be assessed a $25 administrative fee.
Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-864-7994.
Those who are not accepted will receive a full refund.
Those who receive a scholarship will be awarded a refund for the amount received.