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Youth summer writing program offered at Loyola

April 25, 2008

This summer, the Writing Institute at Loyola University New Orleans will offer a creative writing workshop for young writers. The workshop, which begins June 9, is a two-week immersion in the world of creative writing that provides a supportive environment for aspiring young writers. The program is designed for Orleans Parish high school students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

Workshops include those in “Experimental Short Fiction” and in “Prose, Poems and Flash Fiction.” The “Experimental Short Fiction” class will allow students to read and create fictional pieces deliberately intended to extend or redefine traditional narrative models. Students will experiment with words and use techniques such as cut-ups and collage, and build upon the pre-existing narratives, stories and characters that apply to fiction writing.

In the “Prose, Poems and Flash Fiction” workshop, students will learn about two writing genres that have become popular in recent years: the prose poem and the short-short story. Students will read and write in each genre, look at the history of the forms and explore the boundaries between them.

During the program, students will have the opportunity to take tours of local places of interest such as the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Audubon Zoo. They will use these outings as ways to gather inspiration for their writing.

“We are looking for motivated, creative students with a real desire to write. All workshops are taught by working published writers and editors, and with groups limited to 10, each participant receives individual attention” said Mark Yakich, co-director of the writing institute and published poet. Both Yakich and Robert Bell, interim director of writing across the curriculum, will head the summer program.

Workshops will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – noon beginning June 9. Tuition is $225 and need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, visit the Loyola Writing Institute’s website at www.loyno.edu/lwi or call Mark Yakich, associate professor of English and co-director of the summer creative writing workshop, at yakich@loyno.edu or (504) 865-2259.

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