Young Writers’ Workshop

Students will spend the week with Eckerd College Creative Writing faculty exploring the craft of creative writing, focusing specifically on fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Through discussions of published work, you will examine how writers create vivid and engaging art. After discussions and in-class writing assignments, students will participate in a workshop of their own work. The program will culminate in a celebration of student work with a reading.

Come prepared to engage deeply with creative writing all while exploring the different genres.

Take a look at our sample schedule to get a sense of the daily activities.

Activities

Students enrolled in the program will:

  • Participate in college-level discussions about the craft of creative writing
  • Share and discuss your writing exercises with your classmates and professors
  • Visit the Museum of Fine Arts to practice ekphrasis writing
  • Explore Fort DeSoto, a sprawling historic beach and waterfront, and try your hand at nature writing
  • Discuss and examine your own work in workshop with faculty and your peers
  • Enjoy evening activities led by our residential counselors on South Beach
Registrations due: April 15, 2019
Students are accepted on a rolling basis.
June 16-21, 2019
Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2019
$695 per student. Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging and snacks.
Check-in: June 16, between 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Check-out: June 21, between 2:30-4 p.m.

Room and Board

Facilities

Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. The 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275 exit 17.

Directions & Map

Counselors

Residential counselors work with students in the late afternoons, evenings and overnight. Staff consists of well-trained Eckerd College students eager to share their enthusiasm for learning.

Housing

Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double- or triple- room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single-sex residence hall.

Meals

Student participants will eat in the main cafeteria which can accommodate allergies, lactose and gluten-free diets. We also have kosher, vegetarian and vegan options available to students. If you have particular needs, please be sure to note them on the General and Medical Information form.

Faculty

Jon Chopan

Jon Chopan
Director
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
MFA, The Ohio State University

Christina Lutz

Christina Lutz
Instructor of Creative Writing
MFA, University of South Florida

Refund Policy

Withdrawal Date Refund
60 days before start date 100%
30 days before start date 50%
20 days before start date 20%
<20 days before start date 0%

Processing fee of $25 is non-refundable.

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • If a participant fails to show up for the program.
  • If a participant is dismissed from the program by the College.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact precollege@eckerd.edu or 727.864.7994.