Whether your story is set out of this world or closer to home, learning to create a vibrant setting, filling it with three dimensional characters, and creating rational laws for magic or far future technology will set your work apart. Join us for a week of creative writing, where you'll learn how to world build like a pro. Each day will include a combination of hands-on activities that help us develop details, learning strategies from best-selling authors like Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card, workshops with fellow writers, 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 a vibrant world for their stories. No prior writing or camp experience required, but students are encouraged to come in with an outline or a story idea to expand.
Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019
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UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
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. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. 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 - $390
Overnight Camp - $870
None. This course is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners, and students who have prior writing experience.
Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she’s always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA in English: Creative Writing, an MAT in English: Secondary Education, and an E.d.S in School Library Media, Kaitlin went on to write the bestselling Daughters of Zeus series. You can learn more about Kaitlin and her books at KaitlinBevis.com. This is Kaitlin’s third year as a Summer Academy instructor.
Kira Hegeman is an artist and educator completing her PhD in art education. Her creative practice engages both writing and visual practices that include drawing, printmaking and paper making. She has a particular interest in creating artist books using letter press techniques as well as handmade paper, elements of prose and poetry, and illustrations. In addition to visual arts courses, Kira has taught arts integration courses for non-arts education majors focused on intersections between literacy and visual art and served as a writing coach for the University of Georgia Writing Intensive Program. Her most recent project has been a series of interactive public art installations that invite participants to spend focused time with found trash objects through writing and telling stories. This is Kira’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.
Students are welcome to bring laptops to class. Summer Academy at UGA is not responsible for keeping track of students' personal belongings, and is not liable for anything that gets lost or broken. 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.