High School Creative Writing Summer Intensive

Monday, June 11-Friday,  June 22, 2018 

Length: M-F, 2 weeks

Tuition: $800

Target Students: 20 talented and highly motivated high school student writers

Instructor: Leslie Quigless

The High School Creative Writing Intensive challenges talented and dedicated high school student writers to investigate deeply the many facets of storytelling, and then focus their energy, enthusiasm, and learning toward crafting original fiction or creative nonfiction works.

The course begins survey-style, with the young writers studying various genres of fiction and nonfiction storytelling before constructing individual projects reflective of their writing interests. Writers may complete the workshop with the opening chapter(s) of a novel, a one-act stage or screenplay, a short story, or a collection of poems. Each project is undertaken with the support of two course instructors, and writers receive peer feedback as they work, as well as regular one-on-one conferencing with instructors.

To help them pen truly vivid work that captures their readers, the young writers engage in creative writing activities through which they study the classic fundamentals of storytelling as well as practice its more diverse tributaries, such as spoken word poetry. Students also participate in team-building activities designed to encourage the strong sense of community. Additionally, students attend field trips and receive instruction during Master Class with professional creative writers who come in from the field to talk with students about what it’s like to be a writer, teach lessons on various aspects of the creative writing process, and receive feedback on their course projects.

Students emerge from the Intensive with concrete creative writing skills; enhanced understanding of themselves as writers and storytellers; and a deeper appreciation for the art and skill of storytelling. The course concludes with a Final Evening Ceremony on the last Friday of the course, during which students will share their work with family and friends.

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Contact Leslie Quigless at lquigless@gmail.com

About the Instructor


Leslie Quigless is a writer and writing teacher who has taught literature and creative writing courses in New York, Brazil, and, most recently within Emory University's Continuing Education program.

She received a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds two master-level degrees in education from New York University and Harvard University. She is the founder of the Atlanta Young Writers Institute and Now I Get It! Tutoring Services and has been able to coach amazing students from across Atlanta individually and via summer programs in the art of storytelling as well as the skill of academic writing. She is working on her second novel.

Leslie previously held summer camps for the Atlanta Young Writers Institute at Agnes Scott College from 2011 to 2015.

Tentative Daily Schedule

8:45-9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00-10:00 a.m. Creative Writing Workshop
10:00-11:00 a.m. Creative Writing Project Conferences
11:00-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Master Class with Guest Professional Writer or Field Trip
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:00 p.m. Independent Writing Time
3:00-3:45 p.m. Whole Group Project Critique
3:45-4:00 p.m. Reflection: Brief for tomorrow's day, dismissal