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Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop

  • Getting Ready for 2021

    At this time, we can announce our dates for the 2021 workshops: Monday, July 12th - Friday, July 16th. We will make an announcement as soon as registration is open, likely in early 2021.

Dear SSWW campers and families,

We have had to make the difficult decision not to hold our Summer 2021 Writers' Workshop. We know that our campers are eager for creative community and regret that we will not be able to host and work with them as usual this summer. 

Thank you for your continued interest in the Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop.  We hope that you will return to write with us in Summer 2022.

Writers' Workshop

Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop

View the Summer Writers' Workshop Journal

For Rising 8-12 Graders
Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 2020

Live, face to face, online sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.each day, with offline breaks.

Registration is open

Writers Workshop

In light of ongoing precautions due to COVID-19, the 2020 Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop will be offered online.

We invite rising 8-12 graders to spend one week exploring fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through small group writing workshops, working directly 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, screen-writing, interactive digital narratives, or fantasy. Students will present their work publicly at the conclusion of the Summer Writers' Workshop via an online literary journal that they will work together to design and edit. (Publication of students' work is optional.) Students will also be visited by guest writers and artists.

Tuition: Tuition covers workshops, a keepsake, and all supplies for daily activities (digital tools and subscriptions).

One Week (5 days): $375 Early registration; $400 after May 16.
Sibling Discount: 1/3 off second child.
Ask about our Stevenson Employee Discount.

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.

Online Location: For 2020, all programs will be conducted online. A private link to workshops will be provided.

Access to the internet and a computer or tablet throughout the day will be necessary to attend.

Please contact Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. at ( with any questions.

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 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 Meagan Nyland, M.F.A.

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

Meagan Nyland, M.F.A
Department of English Language and Literature
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, MD 21153

Deadline: Saturday, June 6, 2020

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. Confirmation from School Official
    Please submit confirmation from your school guidance counselor or another school official, providing verification of your financial need. The school official may email from their official school email, they may provide other written evidence (for example, if you receive a lunch benefit), or they may confirm over a scheduled phone call. 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 Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. at if you would like to discuss methods for documenting need.
Faculty and Assistants

2019 Faculty

Meagan Noel Nyland, an author and teacher, is Directer of the Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop. She has always had a passion for writing and connecting with those who share that passion. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer, Global Game Jam Coordinator, and Faculty Editorial Advisor for The Greenspring Review at Stevenson University. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore, and her writing has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Everyday Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Literally Stories, Mothers Always Write, and the the recent anthologies, Smoking Pen Press’s A Wink and a Smile, and Dread Naught But Time. Her poem “The Not So Unthinkable Brenda Lee” was nominated for 2017’s Best of the Net. Her work spans many genres, including literary flash fition, comedy, horror, essays, poems, and the occasional children's piece. Her collections include Twisted Together, A Short Stack of Silly Shorts for the Morally Sidetracked, and Whispers and Fangs, and she is currently the managing editor and a contributor for the forthcoming Writing Alone and Other Group Activities, a Scribes Divided production. All of these can be found under her maiden/pen name Meagan Noel Hart. In her free time she can be found playing games, caring for her children and pets, baking crazy cakes, and well, writing.

Bailey Rafter is a fourth year student at Stevenson University and a Maryland native. She writes predominately poetry, but sometimes dabbles in fiction and blogging. She hopes to use her English degree to run marketing and event-planning in a museum, library, or higher education setting. Along with her love for writing, Bailey is also a huge theater and musical theater geek. In her free time she can be found writing, listening to music, or binging Nailed-It on Netflix.

Laurel Abell holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She focuses her professional time on her two favorite occupations: writing and teaching. While Laurel taught creative and critical writing to elementary, middle, and high school students for 25 years, she recently began teaching writing as an adjunct professor at Stevenson University, and she will add graduate students to that list in 2020, when she will teach Writing for Illustrators to MA candidates at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Most of Laurel’s writing is geared toward young readers. She is currently seeking representation in the KidLit industry for her growing body of work which includes picture book biographies, novels, and poetry.

Elise Gallagher is a fiction writer and undergraduate writing instructor. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her short stories have appeared in various literary magazines. Some of her current writing projects include a novel-in-stories and a young adult fantasy series. A few of her favorite authors are J.R.R.Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and Ann Patchett. Elise also has experience working in the publishing industry with various trade publishers, such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Abby Higgs is a Morgan State English professor who received her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from The University of Baltimore in 2012. Her work has appeared in The Guardian’s “Weekender” magazine, Marie Claire South Africa, The Rumpus, VICE, The Barely South Review, and elsewhere in print and online. She lives in Baltimore City, and absolutely loves it.

Austrie Martinez is an Air Force veteran and internationally published writer. Her work has been published in the Baltimore Fishbowl, Into the Void Magazine, UNBLOC Zine, Tiny Seed Journal, Skelter Literary Journal, and Babe Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Austrie teaches college English and Communications and lives in Maryland.

Kari Miller, owner and operator of Tiny Dog Press, can be found most days in her garage studio in Northeast Baltimore City. Colored ink-stained hands is a source of pride for Kari. With a degree in fine-art printmaking, Kari started Tiny Dog Press in 2013 as a woman-owned and operated letterpress company specializing in using modern letterpress methods on her vintage circa 1949 platen printing press. She prints custom letterpress stationery for special occasions and a small retail card line. Tiny Dog Press cards can be found in over 20 stores in the Baltimore and D.C. area including the Baltimore Museum of Art, National Building Museum and Trohv. In addition, Kari teaches letterpress & book binding at Stevenson University.

Anissa Sorokin, assistant professor of English and writing coordinator at Stevenson University, received her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UMBC. She also holds an M.A. in Linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Education from Temple University. Prior to joining Stevenson's faculty, she directed UMBC's Writing Center from 2013-2016 and managed faculty and academic programs at StraighterLine, a higher education technology start-up in Federal Hill, from 2016-2018. In her free time, she loves writing, recording, and performing music. She lives in Bowie, MD, with her husband, her one-year old son, and seven cats (who are a lot less useful than seven dwarves, as it turns out).

Elena Volkova is a Photography educator, and an interdisciplinary artist, whose work investigates liminality and domestic space. Volkova has received several recognitions and awards, including the Janis Meyer Traveling Fellowship, Hamiltonian Fellowship, and Stevenson University Research grant. She has been a producer of Project Line 180, and a co-host of Ten Frames Per Second podcast. Elena’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally as a part of Art in Embassies program. Volkova resides in Baltimore, MD, and teaches at Stevenson University. 

New for Summer 2020 - Tween Series!

Stevenson Summer Creative Writing Workshop - Tween Series!

  • For Rising 6th and 7th Graders
  • Four Fridays in July from 10 am to 12 pm.
  • (July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24)
  • Location: Online

Do you have a tween who loves to write?  Are you a tween who loves to write? We invite rising 6th and 7th graders to spend Fridays in July exploring fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through writing workshops with Stevenson University’s creative writing faculty. 

Each Friday, students will attend a live, face-to-face, virtual workshop in which they will read, write, collaborate, and share. The two-hour sessions will include reading and discussion, writing exercises and prompts, extended writing time, and feedback for their continued development as writers.

Students will stretch their writing muscles, pan for new ideas, shape their imaginings into strong characters, evocative poems, and well-structured stories, and play with their powers of language.

While every class day will include readings and writing exercises with poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the four class dates will focus on the following writing topics:

  • July 3: Generating Ideas
  • July 10: The Right Words
  • July 17: Storytelling and Structure
  • July 24: Finding Your Voice


Entire series: $100

Single session: $30
Ask about our Stevenson Employee Discount.


Register now

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 the program will be sent to the email address that you provide during the registration process.


Sarah Shellow
With an MFA in Creative Writing and over 20 years of experience teaching writing to elementary, middle, high school, and college students, Sarah Shellow believes everyone can learn how to write and have fun in the process. At Stevenson, Sarah teaches creative writing and literature in the English Department and teaches future teachers in the School of Education.

Online Location

For 2020, all programs will be conducted online. A private link to workshops will be provided.

Access to the internet and a computer or tablet will be necessary to attend.


Please contact Laura T. Smith at with questions.

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