Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Dates: July 18-22, 2022

Grades: Rising 9th-12th grades

Cost: Residential $670/Commuter $350 <What’s included in the cost?

Registration Due: May 30, 2022

Sponsoring Department(s): UM Office of Pre-College Programs and the UM English Department

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Of the many reasons we turn to creative writing, one of the most compelling is the prospect for discovery—of new insights, new points of view, new pleasures. Much of the best writing doesn’t end where it begins, but wriggles and wrests instead, such that writers and readers are challenged to see things as they might not have before. Creative writing makes use of imagination, memory, and critical reflection, each of which can help us to discover what our words might finally express. Put another way, creative writing gives us the ability to take something we perceive to be well understood and to illuminate it by presenting it, with our own particulars, in an unfamiliar way.

In this one-week in-person program, we will take a look at short selections from writers such as Brian Blanchfield, Chen Chen, Samantha Irby, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kay Ryan, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Natasha Trethewey, and Tennessee Williams. In group discussions, we will work to identify some of the central questions posed by the readings, and we will consider the tools these writers use in exploring the complexities of their subject matter. Finally, in conjunction with our readings, we will complete several writing exercises that will give us the opportunity to investigate some of our own burning questions through poetry, personal essays, and short stories.

Residential students will live in a residence hall on campus, supervised by live-in counselors. All counselors are undergraduate students trained in the supervision of minors and background-checked. Evening recreational activities may include use of the campus recreational center, board games, and trips to locations on campus or in town.

Micheal Pontacoloni

Michael Pontacoloni is a poet from Windsor, Connecticut. His work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Pleaides, Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere, and he has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a MAT from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is completing his PhD at the University of Mississippi.

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  • Step 1: Complete our Medical Form.
  • Step 2: The following documentation must also be sent to the Office of Pre-College Programs: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
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Cancellations and Refunds
Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the selected session to receive an 80% refund. Refunds are not available if cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the selected session. Full refunds will be issued if the camp is cancelled due to low enrollment.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
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