The Summer Writing Intensive day is divided in two parts:
During Morning Session, students receive instruction on technique and form in storytelling. For example, one session may be devoted to creating three-dimensional characters in one’s fiction or employing masterful imagery in one’s poetry. Students will examine and discuss contemporary and classic works of literature, study story in other forms of media that illustrate that session’s lesson, and complete a variety of short writing exercises so that students learn how to apply what they’re learning to their own writing and project. Morning Session is characterized by lively discussion, unintentioned (but always super-fun and surprisingly helpful) twists, and wholly unplanned bursts of inspiration.
Afternoon Session integrates all that students have learned during Morning Session. Thus, autonomous writing time, as well as regularly scheduled one-on-one conferencing with instructors, are almost always included during this time. Students may also spend this session in the following ways: in Master Class with a writing professional who is visiting to teach a workshop, share writing career advice, and offer feedback on student writing; attending a literary field trip that fuels their creativity and informs their projects; and/or participating in Peer Critique, during which participants can share their project work and receive feedback from other students. Afternoon Session is characterized by gasps of awe from Master Class instructors overwhelmed by students’ GENIUS questions and insights (happens regularly), the wondrous stillness that occurs when a group of people are writing their hearts out and synergystically fueling each other’s creativity, and even more wholly unplanned bursts of inspiration. Seriously.
**Lunch takes place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
**The schedule may change depending on instructors’ schedules; field trip times; and Intensive participants’ writing time needs.