G’bye! (For now . . . )

The school year is almost over, exams have begun, and the students in the Creative Writing magnet are heading out soon for summer break.

newsprung will be back in the fall of 2018. Classes at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School start in mid-August, and new posts will resume shortly after that. In the 2018 – 2019 school year, newsprung will have an all-Alabama focus to coincide with the state’s Bicentennial.


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.”