UA Little Rock to host Emerging Writers Institute for middle, high school students

A student at a past Emerging Writers Institute event

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is helping to inspire the next generation of writers this summer through its Emerging Writers Institute for middle and high school students.

The Emerging Writers Institute for students entering 6th-8th grade will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 28 to July 2. The workshop for students entering 9th-12th grade will be from 1:30-5 p.m. June 28 to July 2. 

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with experienced writers from the university’s Little Rock Writing Project.

“We want to give the students a great writing experience,” said Greg Graham, director of the Little Rock Writing Project. “This summer we will be working on characterization and developing characters in a story. The students will also interview the oldest person they know and write a piece on them.”

At the institute, students will find their voice as a writer, discover tips to improve their writing, and turn an ethnographic interview into an essay. As a group, the young writers will collaboratively design a book of their best writing pieces from the weeklong workshop.

The workshops will be held on the UA Little Rock campus in a large room that allows for social distancing. Participants will be required to wear face masks and follow campus safety protocols. 

For more information, contact Graham at gxgraham@ualr.edu. Registration for the Emerging Writers Institute is available online. The registration fee is $125.

The Little Rock Writing Project is supported in part by the National Writing Project and the Chamberlin Family Foundation.

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