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Young Writers Conference for High School Students

The UM Writing Project invites students in grades 9-12 and teachers to The University of Mississippi Oxford campus to participate in interactive writing workshops.

When:  January 11, 2019
Where: Jackson Avenue Center
Times:  8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Registration per student or teacher is $25 and includes lunch. Teachers who bring five or more students attend for free. Participants will also receive a notebook, pen, and souvenir bag.

Students will sign up for sessions at registration time. Space is limited to 20 students per session on a first come, first served basis.  Please complete one registration form per student. 

Tentative Agenda

8:00 Registration Opens
8:30 Opening Session


Strand: Creativity Abounds Strand: Nonfiction for Purpose Strand: Social Action Strand: Poetry
Session One 9:00-10:15 Flash Fiction –Make every word count and tell your micro story in 100 words or less. Beyond Where I’m From – Take place-based writing to the next level. This I Believe – Explore and write about the core values that guide your life. Poetry Unleashed: Creating poems from unexpected sources
Session Two 10:30 - 11:45 Casting Call: Creating story-worthy characters It’s My Life: Memoir writing from the pivot points Rise Up and Write: Community Assets - Shine a spotlight on the positive. What’s working in your community? Creating Poetry from Text: Found and Blackout Poetry – Use existing art and literature to create something new
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
Session Three 1:00-2:15 Talking about Talking: Creating effective dialogue Demystifying the College Admission Essay: Figuring out the what to write Rise Up and Write: Community Challenges - Write to inspire change in your own part of the world Poetry Out Loud: Write poems to be read aloud
2:30-3:00 Author’s Chair and Closing Remarks