Endicott College has announced plans to host its second annual Young Writers Workshop, June 28-29, 2018 for area high school students interested in creative writing. Participants will develop their writing skills in sessions on poetry, fiction, and playwriting/screenwriting led by the College’s distinguished creative writing faculty members: Charlotte Gordon, Dan Sklar, and Elizabeth Winthrop.
Students will create and refine new work, learn how to give feedback to their peers, and receive tips on how to promote and publish their work. At the end of the Workshop, participants will present their work publicly.
“The Workshop is designed to nurture the students’ talent, help them find and refine their voice, and teach them technical aspects of writing that can make their work more compelling,” said Dr. Mark Herlihy, associate dean, arts and sciences and chair of humanities. “While students will develop their own craft over the course of the weekend, they will also experience what it means to belong to a community of writers.”
Participants will work closely with the College’s renowned faculty members. Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and her Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet, won a Massachusetts Book Award.
Sklar is a two-time winner of Endicott's Excellence in Teaching Award whose poems have been published widely and whose plays have been staged at the Actors Studio of Newburyport and the Boston Theatre Marathon.
Winthrop’s fourth novel, The Mercy Seat, will be published this month by Grove Atlantic. Her other novels include Fireworks and December with Knopf, and The Why of Things with Simon and Schuster.
The Workshop fee of $150 covers all activities, lunch and snacks each day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and a t-shirt. There will be a discounted rate of $125 for Beverly residents and children of Endicott employees. Participants must be entering grades 9-12 in fall 2018.