Department of Creative Writing Announces New Harlaxton Summer Writing Program for High School Students


Faculty members from the University of Evansville’s Department of Creative Writing are pleased to announce the creation of a new program for high school students. The Harlaxton Summer Writing Program for High School Juniors and Seniors will give promising students the opportunity to work with experienced authors to further their craft and their global curiosity.

The first session is scheduled for June 13-28, 2013, at the University of Evansville’s British campus near Grantham, England.

“Since 2005, the Department of Creative Writing has hosted summer writing programs for undergraduate and graduate students at Harlaxton College, so we’re excited to build on the success of this tradition by creating a new session specifically for high school students,” said Rob Griffith, Summer Writing Program director and UE associate professor of creative writing. “The opportunity to live and study in a historic manor house, work with notable British and American faculty, and explore England’s rich literary history through travel is an unparalleled opportunity for young writers.”

During the program, students will attend discussions about British literature, history, music, and art, then take field trips to see plays and visit landmarks about which they have learned and read — including the cities of London, Stratford-upon Avon, York, Cambridge, and Lincoln. Students will also write about their study abroad experiences and discuss their work in writing workshops and personal conferences with faculty members.

Students entering their junior or senior years of high school are eligible to apply for the program. An application is available online online and must be accompanied by up to two poems or 10 pages of prose.