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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

    View the Summer Writers' Workshop Journal

    For Rising 8-12 Graders
    Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12

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

    Registration for Summer 2019 is open!

    Writers Workshop

    The Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop invites rising 8-12 graders to spend one week 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, screen-writing, interactive digital narratives, or fantasy. Students will present their work publicly at a reading for family and friends at the conclusion of the Summer Writers' Workshop and will help design an online literary journal of selected writings from camp (optional publication of work). Students will also be visited by guest writers and artists daily

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

    One Week (5 days): $375 Early registration; $400 after April 30th
    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.

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    Location and Transportation: Stevenson University's Greenspring Campus is located at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. Alternatively, students may take the Metro to the Owings Mills station and will be transported to the Greenspring Campus by the SU Shuttle. Please contact Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. in advance at to request shuttle service.

    Please email Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. ( 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 2019 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: Friday, May 24, 2018

    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 Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. at if you would like to discuss methods for documenting need.
  • Faculty and Assistants

    2018 Faculty

    Meagan Noel Nyland, an author and teacher, is Directer of the Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop. 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, Mothers Always Write, Smoking Pen Press’s Unusual Pet Tales, and Writings to Stem Your Existential Dread. 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 fiction, 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. She teaches introductory writing and literature classes at Stevenson University, including Video Games: The Art of Interactive Stories.

    Jennifer Steward is the Department Assistant and a rising Senior at Stevenson University. She loves to write realistic fiction, poetry, as well as scripts. After graduation, she would like to become an author and/or a screenwriter. She also enjoys listening to music, watching YouTube videos, and she loves animals, especially dogs.

    Multigenre Morning Workshop Teachers:

    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.

    Jane Lewty is a Baltimore-based poet and scholar, who has taught literature and writing at universities in the USA, the Netherlands and the UK. She is the author of two poetry collections: Bravura Cool (1913 Press: 2013, winner of the 1913 First Book Prize in 2011 and In One Form To Find Another, which won the CSU Poetry Center Open Book Prize in 2016. She has also co-edited two essay collections: Broadcasting Modernism (University of Florida Press, 2010) and Pornotopias: Image, Desire, Apocalypse (Litteraria Pragensia, 2009). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Iowa Arts Fellowship program and the UK Arts & Humanities Research Board.

    Afternoon Special Topics Teachers:

    Dina Fiasconaro is a Baltimore screenwriter and film director, recently named a finalist for the 2018 Baker Artist Award. Her feature documentary, Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy and Psychiatric Medication, is available on Amazon, and her short film, Commercial for the Queen of Meatloaf, was funded by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins University. Dina completed a feature screenplay, Days in the Wake, as a resident at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California and Stowe Story Labs fellow in Vermont. Her short films have screened at a variety of festivals, including Portland Underground, BlackStar, Sidewalk and Cucalorus, and she is a recipient of the ‘Generation Next’ screenwriting grant for her feature script, Beyond the Pale. Dina has an MFA in film directing from Columbia University, and a BS in TV, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. She is an Associate Professor of Film and Moving Image at Stevenson University, and co-founded the Baltimore Chapter of Film Fatales, a national organization working towards gender parity in the film industry.

    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, The Washington College Review, Skelter, The Raven's Perch, and Storgy. Her short story collection, We Were the Baumanns, was released in May. 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.

    Anthony Moll is a poet, memoirist 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, Out of Step, won the 2017 Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal. It is available this summer from The Ohio State University Press.

    Christina Rockey is a fiction writer and poet. With a strong foundation in cultural anthropology, she began working in education as an Americorps VISTA in Los Angeles, CA. Since then, she has held positions from research analyst to adjunct professor, always devoting some of her time toward creative mentoring and teaching both independently and through programs like EMTAH in West Chester, PA. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore during which time she also attended the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She is trained in both yoga and hoop dance instruction and has recently published poetry in the women's journal, Not Very Quiet and a short story "The Best Laid Plans" in the anthology, Hades Had a Son.

    Amanda Licastro, PhD is the Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Faculty Director of Service-Learning at Stevenson University in Maryland, as well serving on the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Executive Council of the MLA. Her research explores the intersection of technology and writing, including book history, dystopian literature, and digital humanities. Publications include articles in Kairos, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Communication Design Quarterly, as well as a forthcoming chapter on social annotation in Blurred Lines: Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies published by Routledge. Her current grant-funded project on Virtual Reality was awarded the Paul Fortier Prize at the 2017 Digital Humanities conference, and has been featured in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine.

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