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Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop

  • Small Group Writing Workshops

    With Stevenson University’s creative writing faculty.

  • Writers' Workshop

    Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop

    For Rising 8-12 Graders
    Week 1: July 3 - 7, 2017 (excluding July 4)
    Week 2: July 10-14, 2017

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    On Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus

    This year, students may choose Week 1, Week 2, or both. 

    Registration for Summer 2017 opens  March 1, 2017.

    Writers Workshop

    The Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop invites rising 8-12 graders to spend one or two weeks on our beautiful Greenspring Campus exploring fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through small group writing workshops with Stevenson University’s creative writing faculty.

    Students will attend a multi-genre morning workshop, then will select two specialized afternoon workshops on writing topics of their choice such as flash fiction, character development, interactive digital narratives, or the college admissions essay. Students will present their work publicly at a reading for family and friends at the conclusion of the Summer Writers' Workshop.

    Tuition: Tuition covers workshops, a journal, all supplies for daily activities (printshop/book-making), and snacks. Students should bring a bag lunch.

    Week 1 (4 days): $300
    Week 2 (5 days): $375
    Both Weeks: $600
    Sibling Discount: 1/3 off second child. If siblings choose different weeks, discount applies to lower priced week. 
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    Tuition Scholarship: There are a limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships available. Please open the Tuition Scholarship tab above for information about applying.

    Registration: Space is limited, so don't delay. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a registration receipt by email after submission. Additional information and material about Summer Writers' Workshop will be sent to the email address that you provide during the registration process.

    Location and Transportation: Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus is located at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. The campus is accessible via MTA by the number 60 bus. Alternatively, students may take the light rail to the Owings Mills station and will be transported to the Greenspring Campus by the SU Shuttle. (Please contact Laura Smith, Ph.D. in advance at to request shuttle service.)

    Please email Laura T. Smith, Ph.D. () with any questions about Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop.

    Thanks for your interest in Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop!  We look forward to writing with you.

     

  • Tuition Scholarship

    Tuition Scholarship

    Writers WorkshopThere are a limited number of full and partial need-based tuition scholarships available for Summer 2017 to allow students to attend the Writers' Workshop who would not otherwise be able to attend. To apply for the tuition scholarship, please complete the online Tuition Scholarship Application Form, then submit the accompanying materials via email or postal mail to Laura T. Smith, Ph.D.

    If you choose to send by email, please attach the documents to your email in Word or PDF format and send to ltsmith@stevenson.edu. If you choose to send by postal mail, you may send your materials to the following address:

    Laura Smith, Ph.D.
    Department of English Language and Literature
    1525 Greenspring Valley Road
    Stevenson, MD 21153

    Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Submission Materials

    1. Completed Tuition Scholarship Application
      Please complete and submit the online registration form (make sure to check "Apply for the tuition scholarship").
    2. Personal Statement
      In no more than 400 words, explain why you would like to attend Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop. What are your goals for your writing and what do you hope to get out of this experience?
    3. Writing Sample
      Please submit 2-5 pages of your writing. You may send one or more poems, stories, songs, essays, or other forms of writing that best showcase your verbal ability and creativity.
    4. Letter from School Official
      Please submit a letter from your school guidance counselor or another school official, providing verification of your financial need (for example, if you receive a lunch benefit). We understand that school systems vary in their practices and we are happy to help you determine the best way to demonstrate financial need for your individual situation. Please email Dr. Laura Smith at if you would like to discuss methods for documenting need.
  • Faculty and Assistants

    Faculty

    Laura Trantham Smith, a poet and scholar, is Director of the Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin while studying poetry in the summer at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, CO. Recent creative and scholarly works appear in PANK, Monday Night, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., and Reflections: Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. She is a recipient of a Summer 2014 residency at the Marble House Project, a sustainable arts community in Dorset, VT. She has served as a Poet in the Schools in Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX and has led gender and sexuality writing workshops at the International Drag King Extravaganza, the Queer Texas Conference, and OutYouth. She teaches contemporary American literature, African American literature, and creative writing at Stevenson University.  

    Meagan Noel Nyland is a Senior Lecturer, Co-Directer of the Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop, Global Game Jam Coordinator, and Faculty Editorial Advisor for The Greenspring Review at Stevenson University. She has a B.S. in Mass Communications and a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, and an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her writing has appeared in Welter, Everyday Fiction, Mothers Always Write, Smoking Pen Press’s Unusual Pet Tales, and the upcoming Writers' Workout 2017 Anthology. She is a writing contest junkie and a lover of words who has been chasing stories all her life. Her work spans many genres, including literary flash fiction, comedy, horror, and the occasional poem or children's piece. Her collections include Twisted Together, A Short Stack of Silly Shorts for the Morally Sidetracked, and Whispers and Fangs. She teaches introductory writing and literature classes at Stevenson University, including Video Games: The Art of Interactive Stories.

    Mone Moore is the Department Assistant and a rising Senior at Stevenson University. She enjoys creative writing and DIY crafting, and shares her home with a dog named Jak and a rabbit named Odin. She hopes to one day be a published author, and she is excited to start her internship at The Creative Labs in Baltimore.

    Week One Teaching Faculty

    Nate Brown is a Baltimore based fiction writer and editor whose stories have appeared in the Iowa ReviewMississippi ReviewFive ChaptersREAL, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council. He's the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine, and he teaches writing at Stevenson University and at Johns Hopkins University.  

    Krystle Carter, high school ELA Teacher and Adjunct Professor, has worked in education for ten years. Before transitioning to the classroom, she began her career as an Editorial Writer (specializing in education policy) with the New York State Assembly. Krystle has a wealth of experience working with developmental writers at both the high school and college levels. While teaching various undergraduate writing and literature courses, Krystle also worked as a freelance Writing Consultant and Tutor . Krystle’s passion is teaching and using the creative process to help others discover and cultivate their own masterpieces. Krystle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University at Buffalo, SUNY and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from University of Baltimore.

    Amanda Licastro is the Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric at Stevenson University in Maryland and a member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Her research explores the intersection of technology and writing, including book history, dystopian literature, and digital humanities. Publications include articles in KairosDigital Pedagogy in the Humanities, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Communication Design Quarterly. Amanda's current grant-funded project on Virtual Reality had been featured in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine. 

    Anthony Moll is a poet, essayist and educator living in Baltimore city. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts and is completing his PhD in poetry and Cultural Studies. His chapbook of poems about work, Go to the Ant, O Sluggard was published in 2015 by Akinoga Press, and his debut memoir won the 2017 Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal. It will be published in fall 2018 by Mad Creek Books (OSU Press).

    Sarah Shellow has been teaching writing to elementary, middle, high school, and community college students as well as to graduate teaching fellows for eighteen years. Sarah holds a Masters in Education from Bank Street College and a Masters in Fine Arts for Creative Writing at Goddard College. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for ten years. She wholeheartedly believes everyone has a unique voice that can be expressed through the art and practice of writing. She enjoys integrating elements of mindfulness into teaching writing, such as the development of empathy, compassion, self-awareness, and close observation. In her own work, she is revising a novel and working on a memoir, a process she enthusiastically shares with her students.

    Dare Turner is a fiction writer, performance artist, and medievalist whose work explores the intersection of materiality, performativity, and magic. Her performance work has been covered by Baltimore City Paper and Newsweek, and her writing has been featured in a variety of museum exhibitions. She studied Comparative Literature at Stanford University and Medieval Material Culture at Bard Graduate Center, and currently splits her time between New York City and Baltimore.

    Week Two Teaching Faculty

    A transplant from the mountainous west, Tristen Fagg studied English (with an emphasis in Creative Writing) and Sociology from Southern Utah University for far longer than she should have and is currently a Masters candidate enrolled in the University of Baltimore's Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. She was raised in Las Vegas, NV and spent her childhood eagerly awaiting flash floods and racing through the neighborhood over sun-soaked asphalt. Tristen has served as the editor-in-chief of the Kolob Canyon Review, and has been featured in multiple editions of the Utah based publication. She has a puggle named Sadie May, a tragically black thumb for succulents, and has recently become obsessed with pizza jewelry. 

    Elise Gallagher is a writer, copyeditor, and tutor. She is a candidate in the University of Baltimore MFA Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. Her short stories have appeared in Skelter, The Raven's Perch, and STORGY. Some of her current writing projects include a collection of short stories and a young adult fantasy novel. Some of her favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and Ann Patchett.

    Rosemary Kitchen is pursuing her Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Tinderbox, the Public Pool, and Gulf Coast. Her manuscript, Field Notes for the Magician, features some experimental poems that make use of found forms. Rosemary teaches English 101 at the University of Tennessee. She has also taught poetry workshops for high school students at UT's Young Writers Institute.

    Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, explores questions of power and prejudice in an epic fantasy setting, and has been called "fascinating and unique" by National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley. She lives near Baltimore, MD with her husband, son, and a cat named Pancake. Find her online at www.kathymacmillan.com or on Twitter at @kathys_quill.

    Austrie Martinez is an Air Force veteran and internationally published writer. Her work can be found in the Baltimore Fishbowl, Into the Void Magazine, Unbloc Zine, and Babe Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore where she teaches English at the undergraduate level. Her first published memoir, Toad Season, was released in May 2017.

    Latonia Valincia Moss is a Professor of speech, English and creative writing in fiction and poetry at Baltimore City Community College.  She is a motivational speaker, teacher, and poet.  Ms. Moss' plays, Bootprints and Stilettos across the Serengeti, have been featured in the University of Baltimore’s Emerging Voices Projects, I and II.  In 2013, her play Impossible Love won first place in a one-act battle contest at the D.C. Black Theater Festival and appeared in Emerging Voice Project IV, at Spotlight on UB in 2016.  She was commissioned to pen a play, Muted Voices: Speak!, for Human Trafficking month in December of 2013. Her play, A Piece of Fruit, was a part University of Baltimore's Play lab 2014. Ms. Moss completed her memoir Trapped Inside of A Jar of Canned Peaches last year and is looking for a publisher. She lives in Baltimore city with her son, Doral, and has two adult, twin daughters and a granddaughter.

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