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FSU’s Center for Creative Writing Introduces Workshop for High School Students

The Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University will present The Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop, a week-long summer seminar for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The commuter program will feature workshops in writing fiction, poetry; and creative nonfiction to area young people from June 20 to 24.

The tuition for the week is $200 and includes lunch and a unique opportunity to work with a program faculty of well published writers.

FSU’s own Brad Barkley will teach fiction writing. Author of two novels ("Alison’s Automotive Repair Manual" and "Money, Love") and two collections of short stories (most recently "Another Perfect Catastrophe and Other Stories"), Barkley has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Maryland State Arts Council. Dinty Moore, from Penn State University’s Altoona Campus, will teach creative nonfiction. Moore is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, "The Accidental Buddhist" and "The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes," and a textbook for writing creative nonfiction, "The Truth of the Matter." Mary Ann Samyn, who teaches in West Virginia University's MFA creative writing program, will teach poetry writing. She is the author of several award-winning collections of poetry, including "Captivity Narrative" (winner of OSU Press/"The Journal" Prize in Poetry), "Inside the Yellow Dress" and "Purr."

The program will feature workshop-style seminar classes where students will look at successful literary models, be given writing prompts and work to create finished works. Question-and-answer sessions with the writers, readings by the faculty and a final student reception/reading will round off the five days on campus.

According to Gerry LaFemina, director of both FSU's Center for Creative Writing and the Savage Mountain workshop, this is a great opportunity for students who like to write. "This is a chance for high school students to get a taste of what is essentially a college experience: working with well-published, well-respected writers who take their art form and their students’ writing seriously. It’s not often that this caliber of writer works with students such as these.”

Interested students can also have their work posted on-line through the Center for Creative Writing’s Web site, get information about other Center literary events, learn about opportunities for studying creative writing, and improve their writing in general.

Scholarships are available. For more information or a brochure, contact LaFemina at or, call (301) 687 4024 or visit the Center’s website at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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