Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop

Guiding you Towards a Creative Future

Our Summer Writing Workshop allows students to engage with Stevenson faculty and staff before stepping on campus as a college student.

Join us July 10 through July 14 for our Writers’ Workshop. Registration is open for both our 5th-12th Grade Writers’ Workshop and our Creative Bridge Program.

Have a Question?

Contact Meagan Nyland, M.F.A
mnyland@stevenson.edu

Our Summer Programs

Writers’ Workshop

Open for rising 5th-12th graders, students spend a week exploring fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction through small group writing workshops, working directly with Stevenson University’s creative writing faculty.

Creative Bridge Program

Our Creative Bridge program is specially designed for seniors who have graduated high school and who are looking to prepare themselves for their creative future, be that the rigor of college writing or pursuing publication.

Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop

Overview

We invite rising 5-12 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. View the Summer Writers’ Workshop Journal

Students will attend a multi-genre morning workshop, then participate in specialized afternoon workshops crafted by Stevenson Faculty. Topics may include course such as flash fiction, character development, screen-writing, interactive digital narratives, or fantasy. Students will additionally get editorial and design experience on the Workshop’s student crafted, online magazine and will present their work publicly at the conclusion of the Summer Writers’ Workshop.(Publication of students’ work is optional.) Students will also be visited by guest writers and artists.

Tuition

Tuition covers workshops, snacks, a keepsake, and all supplies for daily activities.

  • Tuition Costs: $416 Early Registration; $465 after May 1
  • Sibling Discount: $300 registration (up to a $165 discount!)
  • Stevenson Employee Discount: 50% off tuition. Please email mnyland@stevenson.edu for promo code.
  • Tuition Scholarship: There is a limited number of full and partial scholarships. Learn More

Registration

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

This year’s workshop will be hosted on our beautiful Owings Mills Campus. 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117

COVID-19 Information

In light of ongoing precautions due to COVID-19, the 2023 Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop will be offered in person with proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Masks requirements will reflect the University policies for facial coverings in Summer 2023. As of Spring 2023, masks are optional on campus at large, but required in classrooms.

Questions? Please contact Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. at mnyland@stevenson.edu with any questions.

Event Details & Registration

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 2023

Official activities run from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm each day. Drop-off as early as 8:15 am, and pick-up as late as 5:00 pm.

Creative Bridge Program

Overview

Our Creative Bridge program is specially designed for seniors who have graduated high school and who are looking to prepare themselves for their creative future, be that the rigor of college writing or pursuing publication. The program is individualized to the students’ needs and goals.

In this program, students work one on one with a specially selected faculty mentor to craft an individualized program to help improve their craft, prepare them for college level writing, and define their creative goals. Topics covered are based on an initial meeting with the student where the Mentor prepares topics, exercises, and homework based on the students’ goals and interests. The student will meet with their mentor for one hour each day and additionally spend 30-60 minutes each day on focused writing or research in the Greenspring Library. At the end of the week, the student will participate in the Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop Showcase, reading a sample of their work.

The Mentor assigns prompts, work, or goals for the student to complete between sessions. The mentor may share with student information about their own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. This includes, help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts, conducting proper research, improving craft, and/or identifying resources. The student and mentor will have access to all of the materials available through the Greenspring Library.

Tuition

Tuition covers one week of meetings for a total of 5 hours of one on one mentoring, and access to library resources.

  • Tuition Costs: 1 Week (5 hours)- $465 Early Registration; $515 after May 31
  • Stevenson Employee Discount: 50% off tuition. Please email mnyland@stevenson.edu for promo code.

Location

This year’s workshop will be hosted on our beautiful Owings Mills Campus. 100 Campus Circle, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Registration

Spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve 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. Additional information about your student may be requested to pair them with the best mentor for the program.

Tuition Scholarship

There 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 mnyland@stevenson.edu. 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 12, 2022

Submission Materials

  1. Completed Tuition Scholarship Application: Instead of submitting a regular registration form, complete the Tuition Scholarship Form. ​​​​​​​​​​​
  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 mnyland@stevenson.edu if you would like to discuss methods for documenting need.

Our Faculty

Meagan Nyland
Meagan Nyland

Program Director

Meagan Nyland is a chaser of words, teaching creative writing, publishing, and video games at Stevenson University. She is the Faculty Advisor for The Greenspring Review and Director of the Stevenson Summer Writers’ Workshop. She holds degrees in English and Television & Radio, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Her most recent work can be found in Fudoki, Daily Science Fiction, and Twist in Time Magazine, but she also has three story collections and was the managing editor for the anthology Writing Alone and Other Group Activities. She publishes under Meagan Noel Hart.

Samantha StephensonSamantha Stephenson
Student Assistant

Samantha Stephenson is an English major and Photography minor at Stevenson University. She serves as Student Assistant for the English Department and as Writing Tutor for Stevenson’s Academic Link. She’s also a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Department. She has published poetry and fiction in the Greenspring Review, as well as designed their In The Room podcast cover art! Someday soon, she’ll be teaching high school English on the East Coast. For now, you can find her working on her blog, “Simply Stated By Samantha”, listening to Spotify, or travelling!

Matt LarrimoreMatt Larrimore
Course Instructor

Matthew Larrimore lived in Baltimore until 2007 when he moved West. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Northern Colorado in 2010, then a Master’s in Creative Writing in 2012 from Northern Arizona while teaching English Composition. At Old Dominion University, he earned his Master of Fine Arts while teaching Composition and Literature. He taught Developmental English Courses at Front Range Community College before returning to Baltimore and teaching at Stevenson University. He’s currently teaching Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing. He was an editor for his collegiate literary journals, Editor-in-Chief for his own online journal, and has published poetry.

Ron Williams Ron Williams
Course Instructor

Ron Kipling Williams is a writer, poet, performance artist, and educator. His awards include: Baltimore City African American Unsung Hero, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist, United Workers’ Human Rights Champion, National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching, and Fulbright Scholarship Alternate. Ron holds both a BA and MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he serves as adjunct professor and faculty fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. Ron also serves as adjunct professor in the English Department at Stevenson University.

Kelly PurtellKelly Purtell
Course Instructor

Kelly Purtell is a multi-disciplinary teacher, artist, and performance artist from the Baltimore area. Specializing in poetry, song writing, jewelry design, fabric dyeing, and aerial acrobatics, Kelly has been an artist her entire life. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing from UMBC and an Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in social justice and human rights. As a professor of literature and writing at Stevenson, she has found great joy helping students express themselves creatively through writing and connect with culture through literature.

Nic AnstettNic Anstett
Course Instructor & Creative Bridge Mentor

Nic Anstett is a writer from Baltimore, MD who loves the bizarre, spectacular, and queer. She is a graduate from the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, University of Oregon’s MFA program, and the Tin House Summer Workshop where she was a 2021 Scholar. Her work is published and forthcoming in Witness Magazine, Passages North, North American Review, Bat City Review, Lightspeed Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Emily DillonEmily Dillon
Course Instructor

Emily Dillon is a writer and educator from Maryland whose creative work ranges from nonfiction to poetry and all the lyrical places in-between. An avid reader, she also publishes book reviews and teaching guides. Formerly an Assistant Editor for Brevity, an internationally award-winning literary magazine, Emily is now the Managing Editor for Speculative Nonfiction, a literary magazine co-founded by Guggenheim award-winners Robin Hemley and Lelia Philip. She holds a Masters Degree in English Education from the University of Maryland and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. She currently teaches at both Stevenson University and Prince George’s Community College. Her writing–both creative and analytical–has been published in various print and online spaces. Within the last two years, these publications have included Brevity Blog, Complete Sentence, Crab Creek Review, Essay Daily, Hippocampus Magazine, River Teeth: A Journal Narrative Nonfiction, Twin Pies Literary, and Wine Cellar Press. Learn more at www.emilydillonwriting.com.