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2020 Workshop (Day and Overnight Options)

The John Carroll Young Writers Workshop (for students grades 8-12) will take place on July 20-July 24th, 2020, on the campus of John Carroll University, directed by award-winning creative writing faculty from John Carroll University.

This year, we’re offering both day camp and overnight options. Read more here.

If COVID-19 "shelter in place" or social distancing orders remain through the summer, the JCU Young Writers Workshop will be ready to offer its camp fully online. All you would need is access to a computer and wifi from home. We would much rather gather in person, of course. We will make a final determination by the end of June at the latest.  

Students participate in a rigorous and inspiring program that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In morning and afternoon sessions, students study with acclaimed writers, engaging in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: form, voice, character, image, scene, and setting.

After reading and discussing the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose, students then write their own stories and poems. Then they participate in lively workshop sessions in which they discuss each other’s work with an eye toward revision. Over the course of the week, students have individual conferences with Dr. Philip Metres and the teachers about their writing, and then submit writing for the anthology, which is published and ready by the final day of the camp. On the final day of camp, families are welcome to attend the final reception and reading.

Day Schedule

9-10 a.m. Stories
10-11 a.m. Guided Writing
11 a.m.-noon Stories Workshop
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch at Cafeteria
1:00-2:00 p.m. Reading/Talk
2:00-3:00 p.m. Poems
3:00-4:00 p.m. Guided Writing
4:00-5:00 p.m. Poems Workshop

Overnight Camp

5:00-6:00 Dinner at Cafeteria
6:00-8:30 Games (or field trip into Cleveland!)
8:30-10:30 Free Writing/Reading Time

11:00 Lights Out