Project Description

Creative Writing Summer Camps for High-School Students

Summer 2022

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation is pleased to announce a series of summer writing camps for high-school students:

High School Poetry Writing Camp

Tuesday – Friday / June 14-17

Rising 9-12 grades

Join us in the writer’s studio for a week of craft and creativity!  You’ll follow a structured sequence of writing assignments aimed at developing your aptitude and affinity for writing.  Each assignment will be flexible and subject to interpretation, so you can choose to refine one poetic form all week or hop from form to form in pursuit of your most effectual voice.  We’ll learn how to elicit and manipulate our readers’ emotions with fresh metaphorical leaps, clear imagery, artful pacing, and effective syntax.  We’ll edit and revise our pieces in small group writing workshops, and the instructor will provide thorough individual feedback on each assigned piece.  By the end of the week, you’ll have rich, dimensional pieces to share and skills to apply to your forthcoming poems, stories, and essays.

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High School Fiction Writing Camp

Monday – Thursday / June 20-23

Rising 9-12 grades

Let’s make a scene! Through games, guided readings, writing exercises, and one-on-one consultation sessions with the instructor, you’ll develop foundational skills and strategies for completing a riveting piece of prose. You’ll learn how to design engaging dialogue, compelling characters, and gripping plots. Each assignment will be flexible and subject to interpretation, so you can choose the topic and genre that matches your passions. We’ll edit and revise our pieces in small group writing workshops, and the instructor will provide individual feedback on each assigned piece. By the end of the week, you’ll have polished pieces of writing to share and skills to apply to your forthcoming works of fiction.

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College Essay Writing Camp

Tuesday – Friday / July 5-8

Rising High-School Seniors

Through a fun series of guided writing exercises and games, campers will spend this week contemplating their own values, goals, and accomplishments and learning how to articulate these three revelations in the college application process. The writing exercises are designed to encourage self-reflection. Throughout the week, students will learn to express who they are, what they’ve achieved, and what they believe in. The process will inspire them to walk into this next stage of life purposefully and thoughtfully. They’ll draw upon this insight in interviews for colleges and scholarships. The course will also focus on crafting their personal statement. They’ll compose their statement in stages designed to help them build a compelling narrative and engage the reader. By the end of the week, each student will be ready to dive into their college applications with a values and accomplishments template, a jot list for various college prompts, and a draft of their personal statement.

Each camp is limited to 12 students.

Details

  • Days

    Poetry: Tuesday – Friday
    Fiction:
    Monday – Thursday
    College Essay:
    Tuesday – Friday

  • Times
    2 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day

  • Cost – $165 per camp/per student

  • Ages – Rising grades 9-12 high-school students

  • Location –

    OCAF 1902 Building – Conference Room
    Click Here to Register for the Camps

    INSTRUCTOR

    Heidi Lynn Nilsson
    Heidi Lynn NilssonInstructor
    Heidi Lynn Nilsson holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of two poetry collections, “For the Fire from the Straw,” and “The Math of Gifts.” Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, American Poet, The New Young American Poets anthology, and the New Voices anthology from The Academy of American Poets.

    Heidi also teaches adult Creative Writing / Poetry classes at OCAF where she has received rave reviews from her students.

    She lives in Oconee County with her husband and three daughters.