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Writing Workshop for H. S. Students

Summer Camp With Noted Authors, Poets

The New York State Writers Institute, in association with the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College, will sponsor the 14th annual New York State Summer Young Writers Institute from July 1 through July 7 at the Skidmore College campus in upstate Saratoga Springs.

This week-long creative writing workshop is open to high school students who will be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2012 school year. Admission and participation is limited to 36 students and will be determined by evaluation of creative writing selections submitted by the student applicants. The application deadline is Apr. 1.

Participants in the Summer Young Writers Institute will receive instruction in poetry, fiction, and imaginative nonfiction, and will engage in the critical evaluation of each other’s work.

This year’s teaching faculty is:

– Kathleen Aguero, author of four volumes of poetry, including Investigations: “The Mystery of The Girl Sleuth” (2008), “Daughter Of” (2005), and “The Real Weather” (1987), and editor of three anthologies on multicultural literature;

– Liza Frenette, assistant editor and features writer for NYSUT United magazine, and author of three novels for middle-grade children including “Dead End” (2005), “Dangerous Falls Ahead” (2001), and “Soft Shoulders” (1998);

– Elaine Handley, professor of Writing and Literature at SUNY Empire State College, award-winning poet, author of the collection “Tear in the Clouds” (2011);

– Richard Hoffman, author of the memoir “Half This House” (1995, 2005); the poetry collections “Emblem” (2011), “Gold Star Road” (2007), and “Without Paradise” (2002), winner of the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and the story collection “Interference” (2009);

– Robert Miner, freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in over twenty magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Village Voice and The New York Times, and author of the novels “Exes” (1987) and “Mother’s Day” (1978), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award;

– William Patrick, poet, fiction and nonfiction writer, author of “Courageous Learning: Finding a New Path Through Higher Education” (2011), “Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City” (2005), a memoir in poetry, “We Didn’t Come Here for This” (1999), the poetry collection, “These Upraised Hands,” (1995), and the novel “Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family”(1990).

In addition, participants will attend evening readings and craft talks by such nationally renowned writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Mary Gordon, and Robert Pinsky, among other, who are the faculty and visiting writers for the New York State Summer Writers Institute-a workshop for college and post-college writers that also takes place on the Skidmore College campus during the month of July.

For complete information and admissions applications visit the Skidmore College website at www.skidmore.edu/summer. Follow the link under the heading “Summer” to the “Young Writers Institute” for specific instructions, or email summeryoungwriters@skidmore.edu.

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