Camp a chance to improve writing skills

By Corinna Workman
Times-News correspondent

   WILMINGTON — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Young Writers Workshop teaches high school students how to improve their writing skills.
From July 9-13, 2019, campers experienced living on campus and eating all their meals at the university’s most popular dining hall. The camp featured short seminars by local authors and writing professors, as well as several sessions of prompted free writing. There were also occasional interludes for an evening beach trip, campus tour or coffee shop visit.
Campers were asked to submit a sample of their writing before the camp began. They were later dispersed into groups where their pieces were discussed and improved upon over the course of the week.
At the end of the week, everyone gathered in the lobby of the dorm to drink tea and share a piece of work from the camp. Nobody was forced to speak, and all speakers were welcomed. The atmosphere of the program was so loving and supportive; it was the most comfortable I’d ever felt with a crowd. Hugs, tears and laughter were shared around the room as the night came to a close.
It was the perfect opportunity to work on my writing skills while making new friends with a similar interest in writing.

Corinna Workman is a rising sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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