December 18, 2014  

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Southern Miss Hosting Two-Week Writing Camp for Teens

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The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the New Writer’s Institute, a two-week summer writing camp for young adults ages 13-17.

The creative writing camp will include activities and writing workshops designed to encourage young writers to explore their literary talents under the guidance of published writers. Participants in the New Writer’s Institute will be introduced to fiction, poetry, and related articles designed to establish a better understanding of literary art and to explore their individual talents and tastes.

In addition, participants will engage in several activities and writing prompts to aid in the writing process. As a result, each participant will produce original poetry and fiction culminating in a contest and public reading in a friendly and supportive environment.

Participants will enter their work in a contest judged by creative writing faculty in the Department of English at Southern Miss. Winners will be announced on the final day and their work will appear in a Department of English publication.

The camp will be held June 23-27 from 1-5 p.m. each day. Registration is $250 and limited to the first 20 participants. For more information, contact the Center for Writers at 601.266.4320 or visit www.usm.edu/english/new-writers-institute.

The Center for Writers is a creative writing program housed in the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of English. Between 35 and 40 students work toward M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with emphases in fiction or poetry, and each student completes a creative thesis or dissertation to fulfill requirements for the degree. The Center offers workshops in fiction, non-fiction, prose, and poetry by the program's distinguished faculty.

Additional courses in craft, literary forms, and teaching creative writing are also offered regularly, and students participate in a regular reading series and in the publication of a student journalProductThe department is also home to the Mississippi Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine.