Creative Writing


Have you ever wanted to write a story, poem, or novel but had no idea where to start? Join us for a week of creative writing, where you'll learn how make the jump from an idea to a finished, publishable work! We'll focus on honing our craft as writers through lessons on refining ideas, using figurative language and imagery, creating a scene and setting, writing dialogue, describing action, and putting it all together into one cohesive text. Each day will include a combination of hands-on activities that help us develop details, trips around campus for inspiration, and of course, time to write. We will also be spending time editing and revising our pieces in one-on-one and group writing workshops, so that by the end of the week everyone in the program will have publishable final pieces!

Ages: 12-16

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 20, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $350

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $800

None. This course is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners, and students who have prior writing experience.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download from this page as soon as registration opens. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is April 20, 2016. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out the first week of May, but could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at


Sarah Heim earned a B.A. in English with an emphasis on novel studies and her M.A.T. in Secondary English Education, both from the University of Georgia. Sarah's main areas of emphasis include contemporary British and American literature, novel theory, and graphic novels. She currently works as a high school English teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana and has also taught several courses for the UGA-Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) programs here at UGA. This is Sarah's fourth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students are welcome to bring laptops to class. Student without laptops will spend time in the computer lab and should bring a jump drive to save their work. We will have notebooks and pens available for use, but students are welcome to bring their own writing notebooks to camp if they wish. A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.