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2023 Workshop! Day and Residential (Dorm) Options

The John Carroll Young Writers Workshop (for students grades 8-12) will take place on July 24-28, 2023, on the campus of John Carroll University, directed by award-winning creative writing faculty from John Carroll University.

Students participate in a rigorous and inspiring program that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In morning and afternoon sessions, students study with acclaimed writers, engaging in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: form, voice, character, image, scene, and setting.

After reading and discussing the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose, students then write their own stories and poems. Then they participate in lively workshop sessions in which they discuss each other’s work with an eye toward revision. Over the course of the week, students have individual conferences with Dr. Philip Metres and the teachers about their writing, and then submit writing for the anthology, which is published and ready by the final day of the camp. On the final day of camp, families are welcome to attend the final reception and reading.

Basic Day Schedule

9-10 a.m. Introduction to Story Writing
10-11 a.m. Guided Writing
11 a.m.-noon Stories Workshop
12-1 break for lunch and relaxation
1:00-2:00 p.m. Guest Writer Talk
2:00-3:00 p.m. Introduction to Poetry Writing
3:00-4:00 p.m. Guided Writing
4:00-5:00 p.m. Poetry Workshop

Overnight Schedule

For overnight campers, check-in will take place at
3-5 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2023. Campers stay
in air-conditioned dorms, sharing doubles. Girls
and boys reside in separate halls. John Carroll
University undergraduate interns who stay in the
dorms are in charge of evening activities including
games, use of the campus pool and facilities,
movie showings, and one field trip downtown. All
meals are served at the John Carroll University
cafeteria, which has vegetarian and vegan
options available. Check out will be directly after the reading on Friday July 28th, 2023. 

Day camp option:
April 1: $350 (early bird rate)
June 1: $380
Overnight option
April 1: $950 (early bird rate)
June 1: $980