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Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop at FSU for High School Students
05/01/2006

The second annual Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop for high school students will be held at Frostburg State University, home to noted writers and FSU professors Barbara Hurd (“Stirring the Mud”), Brad Barkley (“Allison’s Automotive Repair Manual”) and Gerry LaFemina (“The Parakeets of Brooklyn”), from June 26 to June 30. The Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop is an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to spend a week of intensive study in fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing and poetry writing.

Attending students will get an experience with literature and language beyond the average high school’s goal and requirements, including the production of polished stories, essays or poems, online publications and the opportunity to study with respected and well published contemporary fiction writers, essayists and poets. By learning to read texts like writers, as opposed to literature students, participants will get a greater understanding of what choices make a piece of writing individual and powerful, will become more attentive readers and will become more aware of the countless potentialities for their own written work.

For a $200 fee, students spend a week studying with a published writer, gain the ability to work in small, seminar-style workshop classes in order to produce polished fiction, essays and poems and a have chance to read their finished works to an audience of their family and peers. There is also an opportunity to win prizes from the readings, lunch and receptions. This year the faculty consists of LeFemina (director), Barkley (fiction), George Guida (creative nonfiction) and Erin Murphy (poetry). Additionally, there is a residence hall option available this year for an additional $120 fee, double occupancy, and includes breakfast and dinner.

For more information or applications, contact LeFemina at 301-687-4024 or glafemina@frostburg.edu. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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