Creative Writing Opportunities, Summer 2018

Summer is quickly approaching, and now is the time to sign up for summer writing programs to continue enriching our craft. Here are two options to take into consideration as you search:

Interlochen High School Creative Writing Summer Program is holding two three-week programs for students in grades 9 – 12, the first from June 23 through July 14, and the second from July 15 through August 6. The tuition is $5,500. Interlochen is still accepting applications for their summer programs though their priority review date had passed. There is a $65 non-refundable application fee. According to the website, “Based on your preference and portfolio review, you will concentrate on two of four areas of study: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting.” Portfolio requirements includes up to five PDF files, one of which must be a personal essay and the others must constitute a portfolio containing at least two of the four previously mentioned genres. More information and guidelines can be found on their website.

Auburn University is also holding a  summer creative writing camp for rising ninth through twelfth graders from July 8 through 13. The camp fee is $750, which includes:”on campus housing, all meals, snacks and drinks while at camp, program instruction, materials and equipment, transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites, [and] recreational activities.” Participants stay in the Hills or the Quad dormitories, and meals will be held in the Student Center or The Village Dining Facility. According to the website, this program will include workshops, classes, readings, guest speakers, and a” tour of how a literary journal, the acclaimed Southern Humanities Review, works.”


Helping, One Dog at a Time

That’s My Dog, a hot dog establishment on West Jefferson Davis Avenue in Montgomery, has been helping for years to improve the community through food, arts, and activities, and its community initiative, That’s My Child, is an effort to reach out to local children and reiterate the meaning of “we all need somebody to lean on.”

The That’s My Child building is located on 2414 Lower Wetumpka Road in Montgomery, and the facility is used to keep the young people in Montgomery out of trouble by giving them a place similar to The Boy’s and Girl’s Club. The programs, which are headed by Charles Lee and Jonathan Peterson, provide children with the ability to tap into their creativity. Among those programs is a spoken-word team that is now competing and has aspirations of going to national events.