May 16, 2006

Young Writers Workshop set for June 28-July 1

by Sun Min

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Aspiring authors will test their talents during the Eighth Annual Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The event will run Wednesday through Saturday, June 28-July1, at SIUC and will accommodate residential and commuter students.

The workshop gives high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the chance to explore their talents in poetry or prose writing. Students will hone their skills by participating in daily critique sessions led by SIUC faculty, and by attending panels, readings and craft discussions led by SIUC creative writing faculty and graduate students.

"The workshop produces some incredible work each summer," said Allison Joseph, director and founder of the workshop. Joseph also heads SIUC's master's program in creative writing. "We wanted to reach out to the community to let high school students know they can have access to the talent here."

SIUC's MFA program, the Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, Crab Orchard Review and the Division of Continuing Education sponsor the workshop.

Resident camp fee is $250 and includes three nights lodging, all meals and materials.

Commuter camp fee is $200 and includes lunch, dinner and materials. Camp enrollment is limited so those interested must send a $70 non-refundable deposit by June 9 to guarantee a spot.

Registration and more information are available by calling the SIUC Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit

Serving the community is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.