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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. 

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

Dan J. Vice teaches in the English Department at UIndy. He was educated by the Indianapolis public school system, Indiana University's School of English, five years of office work, and the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University, where he earned an MFA in fiction. Previous service includes acting as associate director for the Gonzaga University Summer Writing Institute and as fiction editor for the literary journal Willow Springs. Vice has been teaching all kinds of writing to all kinds of college students for nearly 10 years. He feels old. 

Cost and registration

The cost is $175 for commuters, with room and board available for an additional $135. Please check back for more registration details in Spring 2016. 

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