Summer writing conferences?

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Summer writing conferences?
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 12:06pm

My daughter just found out she cannot reapply to Bread Loaf because she went last year. It would not be an exaggeration to say that was a life-changing experience. Since it is no longer an option, she is looking for a summer writing program and found one at the University of Iowa. I know their graduate program is highly regarded. Anyone know anything about the summer high school program?

Are there others we should consider? I do want to avoid any "rich kid junket" type programs so if you know anything negative about a particular program, please post!

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 1:24pm

I don't have any info for you but I'd be curious to. There seems to be a real lack of writing opportunities in general. There is a playwrites program in our area but they only give courses to foster kids and at-risk youth through particular schools or for

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 4:43pm

High level writing programs are difficult to find--at least that's been my oldest dd's experience.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 4:57pm

That program for at risk kids sounds like a program my dd taught when she was in college.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 5:29pm

Thank you. This is the sort of information I'm looking for. And I do value your DD's input, because stuff like that matters very much to my daughter as well. She wants to be with people who are serious and is generally wary of anything that screams "college app filler."

I'm going to have DD look at the TASP program. If she can't find a creative writing program, this may interest her.

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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 5:06pm
I don't have any personal knowledge of the summer program, but I've thought about it for my 9th grader (not this year, as they don't generally take 9th graders). She's a creative writing major at an arts school and would love a program like this. I'm familiar with the university, and the graduate program is, as you say, very highly regarded. If your dd decides to go, I'd love to hear about it.
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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 6:53pm

If you are in New England, or anywhere close, your daughter should apply to the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf.

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Fri, 10-21-2011 - 10:28pm
I've heard about Bread Loaf, and it sounds like it would be right up my dd's alley, but I think it's just too far away for us. I'm glad your dd had such a fantastic experience, and I hope the new school is working out well. We feel incredibly lucky that my dd gets to hang out at her school with other introverted word nerds, so I think I know just what you mean.
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Sun, 12-18-2011 - 9:16pm

Ashmama, my 16yo's best friend attended the U of Iowa program last year and said it was awesome.