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    UNC Asheville Pre-College Prgm:  Great Smokies Young Writers Workshop-Developing Voice in Fiction & Nature-Based Poetry

    UNC Asheville Pre-College Prgm: Great Smokies Young Writers Workshop-Developing Voice in Fiction & Nature-Based Poetry


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Enrichment
    • Sub-Categories: Literature, Communications, Writing
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Hone your literary skills through workshops with experienced local authors and poets. Generate new pieces, revise works-in-progress and critique works of others in a collaborative workshop setting.

     Scholarships are available through Great Smokies Writing Program 


    Developing Voice:  Fiction is woven together from a multitude of voices: omniscient authors, first person narrators, individual characters all with distinctive manners and (hopefully) recognizable traits. What does it mean to have a “voice”?  How do you distinguish between voices and maintain a cohesive style? This course will address these issues, looking at authorial and character voice as an integral part of storytelling. We’ll analyze a range of examples of voice in fiction and drama, and then work on our own developing voices. Students will receive feedback from the instructor and fellow writers, revising towards 5-8 pages of prose focusing on some form of voice.

    Nature-Based Poetry: What does it mean to be a nature-based poetry writer? In this creative writing workshop, participants will focus on incorporating nature into their poems. We’ll use our senses to guide us in crafting language that best describes a specific animal or plant under observation. Building on inspiring prompts provided by the instructor, participants will also read poems from Eric Nelson’s Horse Not Zebra, Heather Swan’s Dandelion, and Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese. The goal is to learn techniques and remarkable ways in which other poets can help us to listen and pay close attention to the non-human beings teeming with life or endangered in the natural world. 

    •  June 23 - June 28, 2024
    • $1,430
    • Scholarships are available through Great Smokies Writing Program
    • Price includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions
    • A $500 deposit is due upon registration with remaining balance due by May 1, 2023.
    • Students reside in campus residence hall and dine in campus dining hall Enrollment is open until spaces are filled