Do words set your brain on fire? Do stories and poems and essays amaze and delight you? Are you and your notebook never far apart? Join fellow scribes for a weekend of writing and reading on Sweet Briar’s pastoral landscape, where you’ll be enchanted by the natural beauty around you and by the marvelous workings of each other’s imaginations. What makes a poem sing? How do short story writers create vivid pictures on the page? Why is a concrete image so powerful, and how — exactly — does a metaphor work? Where does an essayist find the thread of her narrative? Engaging writing prompts and examples of dynamite writing will inspire you long after you leave campus. Along with the writers teaching at Sweet Briar and in UVa’s Young Writers Workshop, which makes its summer home at the College, you’ll also be introduced to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a year-round, residential, international artists’ retreat on Sweet Briar’s campus, where writers, visual artists and composers make their magic happen. You’ll have an opportunity to mingle with young musicians on campus that weekend, as well, and to consider the ways in which words and music are natural partners. This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.
Explore Creative Writing Weekend | November 10-11, 2017
Cost is $90 and includes room and board, snacks and supplies.
Register here by Oct. 30 for highest priority. Space is limited to 30 students.
Only fully paid event registrations reserve your student’s seat; unpaid registrations are placed on a waiting list until payment is received.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tour the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)
An evening of performances, readings and Q&A about the life of the artist… an experience to get those creative juices flowing.
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Imaginative reading and writing prompts with Sweet Briar professors and the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop/Sweet Briar Fellow
Groups reassemble to share their work
4 – 5 p.m.