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FSU’s Center for Creative Writing to Host Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop

Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing will host its Savage Mountain Creative Writing Workshop from Sunday, June 16, to Saturday, June 22. Participants will choose from one of two concentrations, poetry and fiction. The seminar-style workshops will be taught by poet Michelle Yost and fiction writer Jessica Growden. The workshop is open to high school students ages 15 through 18.

The workshop is designed to hone its participants’ creative writing, reading and analysis skills. Students will experience literature and language beyond the average high school requirements; produce polished poems, stories or essays and publish them online; become more attentive readers and learn to read texts like writers; and understand what makes a piece of writing unique and powerful. At the end of the six-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to read their works to an audience of their peers and families.

Yost’s poetry has been published in “Lines + Stars,” “Holler” and “Crack the Spine,” and she placed third in Shepherd University’s annual Appalachian short story contest. She works at the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing coordinating outreach programs and events. She studied English at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va., where for two years she served as the managing editor of the school’s literary journal, “Whetstone.” She also copy-edited and helped design the professional literary journal, “Kestrel.”

Growden, a graduate of FSU, works as a journalist for the Maryland Theater Guide. Her review of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” earned the play’s cast a spot as a contender for the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. She was also published in FSU’s freshman journal, “Joining the Conversation.” She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Spalding University and a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

The workshop is $300 for commuters and $550 for residential students. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit or contact Gerry LaFemina at 301-687-4340 or

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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