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Local Writers Invited to BC Writing Camp

Bluefield College will host a one-week summer writing camp, Monday through Friday, June 16-20, for students in grades three through 12.

Chris Shoemaker

June 3, 2014


Titled “Writing for Life: Have Fun and Learn” and co-sponsored by the Appalachian Writing Project at the University of Virginia at Wise, the five-day workshop will run from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day in BC’s Easley Library. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16.


Grades three through seven will explore journaling, biographies, folktales and a project called “What is Home,” all led by Tamara Williams, a teacher at Graham Intermediate School and a teaching fellow for the Appalachian Writing Project.


Grades eight through 12 will examine journaling and how to write free and from prompts; creative non-fiction and how to use poetic techniques to tell a story; fiction and how to “make up” stories; poetry performance and how to write from the page to the stage; and a project called “What is College Writing,” a survey of what college teachers expect from students. Dr. Rob Merritt, a professor of English at Bluefield College a teaching fellow for the Appalachian Writing Project will lead the sessions for the older students.


Participants are asked to pre-register for the BC writing camp by Thursday, June 12. Registration is $15 and includes snacks and supplies for the camp. To register, visit the writing camp event page to complete an online registration form, or contact Dr. Merritt by e-mail at or by phone at 304-920-1860.




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