Writers In Need of Direction is a program designed for teenagers and beyond. Ages 16-25, this “camp” is personally run by Youth Programs director John Eric Vona and modeled after Peter Elbow’s Writing Without Teachers. This means the camp will be almost entirely feedback based with participants sharing their writings and providing constructive responses to their peers so, as Elbow says, to help each other know “which parts of [his or her] own writing to keep and which to throw away.”
W.I.N.D. will meet on the USF campus twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 in the evening, and last all summer (that’s every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July). For those still in High School, this camp will give a taste of what a good college creative writing class is like. For all ages, and people of all backgrounds writing all sorts of things, this camp will provide what all writers need: readers. People to react and tell you what they think.
Past guest speakers include:
- YA Author Kelly Coon
- Poet Amarilys Rassler
- Children’s Book Author and Editor Jen Arena
- Educator and Writer Josh Palange
Participating during the summer also opens the opportunity to take part in the informal during-the-school-year optional meet-up and feedback sessions. You are not just joining a group, you are becoming a member of a writing community.
Tuition is $300. Full and partial scholarships (reducing tuition to $100) available to undergraduate students receiving financial aid.