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Young Writers Workshop

At the UIndy Young Writers Workshop held each summer, high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work in small groups with nationally recognized writers and professors on the UIndy campus. Students can focus on fiction, poetry, or a combination of the two. In addition to hearing local and national authors read their work and discuss the writing craft, students will focus on their own writing and their peers'. At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to join the students for a public reading of their work. This year, the camp will begin on Monday, June 22 and run through Friday, June 26. Commuters may be dropped off at 7 p.m. on June 21.

Workshop schedule

A typical day at the UIndy Young Writers Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. with morning sessions led by writers and professors from UIndy. The young writers will examine published fiction and poetry, as well as their own work. After a break for lunch and free writing, the young writers will meet with their teaching assistants, creative writing majors from the University. The TAs will lead discussions on various craft techniques that can then be applied to the students’ writing. At night, students can socialize over meals and will be treated to readings and events involving local and national writers.

Release reading/celebration

At the end of the week, we will celebrate the work of the young writers by hosting a student reading and reception. Students will be asked to read a portion of what they produced over the course of the workshop. All family members and friends are welcome to attend.

Leading faculty

Kevin McKelvey is an assistant professor of English at UIndy. He graduated from DePauw University, and then finished an M.F.A. in Poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has received two grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and completed residencies at Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and Isle Royale National Park. Recent writing has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Artful Dodge and the Indianapolis Star. McKelvey currently lives with his wife and two children in Indianapolis in a house built in 1890.

Salvatore Pane is an assistant professor of English/Creative Writing at UIndy. He is the author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges and the chapbook #KanyeWestSavedFromDrowning. His work has appeared in American Short FictionThe American Book ReviewHobartBOMB Magazine and more. His graphic novel The Black List will be published this spring. He received his M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Cost and registration

The cost is $175 for commuters, with room and board available for an additional $135. To register for the Young Writers Workshop, please complete the online registration form.

For more information, please contact Salvatore Pane.