April 29, 2013

Registration open for Young Writers Workshop

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Would-be writers can register now for the annual Southern Illinois University Carbondale Young Writers Workshop in June.

Now in its 15th year, the Young Writers Workshop is an intensive program open to high school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in the 2013-14 academic year.  Participants work closely with SIU Carbondale creative writing faculty and graduate students in writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings. 

The workshop runs June 25-29.  It is a residential program, and the $320 registration fee includes meals, housing, materials and instruction.

Applicants should submit writing samples -- three poems, or three to five pages of prose as either a story or an essay. Students automatically apply for a Young Writers Workshop scholarship through submission of the writing samples.  Scholarships for reduced tuition are merit-based. 

Allison Joseph, director and founder of the SIU Carbondale Young Writers Workshop, is also director of the master of fine arts in creative program at the University. An accomplished, award-winning poet, she is the author of six collections of poems and many other poems appearing in anthologies and journals. Jennifer Flack, a graduate student and published writer, is the assistant director.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the workshop enrollment limit is 30 students.  A commuter option is available. Deposits are due by June 7. 

This program is a joint effort of the Department of English and the creative writing program, and the Division of Continuing Education.  To register or for more information, contact Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751 or visit the website at https://www.dce.siu.edu/.