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Creative Writers' Workshop

The Duke Creative Writers' Workshop (CWW) is an intensive writing experience. In many ways it resembles a college-level creative writing course. Each participant designs and pursues a project under the mentorship of a primary instructor, and with the support of a peer group, for the duration of the Workshop – for example, a collection of poems, a short story or screenplay, or a one-act play. CWW instructors are practicing writers with advanced degrees in fiction, poetry and play writing, and the participants bring to the program an already deep and defined commitment to writing. This is a close, supportive environment. Constructive feedback and criticism are the bedrock of the CWW experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Improve your skills in a community of advanced writers
  • Individual consultation with instructors
  • Select an instructor who best matches your genre and learning style
  • Share your work with your peers for support and feedback
  • Daily time for reflection, recreation, and socializing 

The Writing Life 

A typical day at CWW begins in a meeting with your Primary Group, led by your instructor. You might discuss a poem or story excerpt (by a peer or a published author), or write briefly to a prompt. You will participate in a roundtable workshop on some days. And you will have a great deal of time allotted to write on your own. 

After the lunch hour, there might be a “mini-lesson” -- a seminar focused on an aspect of technique or process, such as “Avoiding Sentimentality,” “Persona Poems” or “Scalpel, Please: Aspects of Revision.” Frequently you will meet one-on-one with your instructor for an in-depth critique. Afternoons and evenings are filled with supervised free time and recreational programming – and more time to write, of course.

Throughout the session there are special events and guests—private viewings of plays, workshops with spoken word artists, or discussions with celebrated local writers like Daniel Wallace or Michael Chitwood.

The heart of the day is writing. Participants who gain the most out of CWW come ready to write, and each instructional day includes time to do just that, free from the distractions of “real life.” If you have been craving time, space – and gentle pressure-- to put words to page, CWW provides them in abundance.

CWW and Young Writers’ Camp 

How is Creative Writers’ Workshop different from Young Writers’ Camp?

  • The Creative Writers' Workshop is a program designed for older writers (you must be rising to 11th or 12th grade) who want to develop and refine their writing in a particular genre. CWW writers are expected to have significant experience writing creatively and to arrive at Duke with works-in-progress or ideas for new projects.
  • Although CWW focuses on the life and language of the mind, it is not an academic program. We don’t teach grammar or academic essays, and we have relatively few formal classes. Creative Writers’ Workshop is about tapping the muse and sharpening the tools to see what she inspires.
  • The Young Writers' Camp offers classes in different genres for beginners to advanced writers who are in middle or high school. It provides an opportunity for students to sample various kinds of writing or enhance their skills in more than one area.

Criteria

CWW writers should be mature, committed to working hard, eager to share and revise their work. You must be comfortable working on your own to accomplish the writing goals that you set for yourself. CWW writers bring to the program a high level of self-direction, a natural joy in the act of writing, and enthusiasm for belonging to a community of writers.

Applicants will be asked to submit a writing sample once receipt of the application has been confirmed. The sample can be of any genre and should reflect the student's current interests and writing style. Please make sure that the submission comes from the realm of creative writing, for example, short fiction, poetry, or play writing.

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Schedule

Day Camper Schedule

July 11 - 21, 2016
9:30 am Residential Day Campers check in at Gilbert-Addoms
10:30 am Morning sessions
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Afternoon sessions
3:30 pm Closing session
4:00 pm Activities for extended day and residential campers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening activities
9:00 pm Extended day campers depart

 

Residential Camper Schedule

July 10 - 22, 2016
8:00 am Breakfast - Residential Campers
9:30 am Extended day campers check in at Gilbert-Addoms
10:30 am Morning session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Afternoon session
3:30 pm Closing session
4:00 pm Activities for extended day and residential camper
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening activities
9:00 pm Everyone in the dorm, living group meetings, free time
10:30 pm Students in room, lights out, door locked
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Living Options

Residential Campers

Residential participants in the Creative Writers' Workshop will live on Duke’s East Campus for the duration of the program. They will live in Randolph Residence Hall, an air-conditioned residence hall on Duke's East Campus and eat their meals in the campus dining halls. They are expected to have the independence and maturity to make responsible decisions for themselves about their health and safety, and to interact cooperatively with other members of the program community.

Extended Day Campers

Extended day campers must check in at Gilbert Addoms Hall at 9:30 am. 

Tuition includes lunch and dinner. 

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information on the residential experience.

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What to Bring

Necessities

  • Sheets: extra-long twin set or two regular flat sheets, pillow, pillow cases
  • Warm blanked or heavy comforter (can be chilly in dorm)
  • Sweatshirt or jacket for inside dorm
  • Casual clothing: light cotton is recommended (summer weather in Durham is hot, usually 80-90 degrees, and humid). Please include:
    • Quick-drying shorts
    • T-shirts and/or cool summer tops
    • rain gear
    • hat with brim
    • 2 pairs of shoes - one pair must be closed-in, tie-on, sneaker type shoes that won't pull off in wet, muddy conditions (please note: Tevas or other type of sandals are not suitable as tie-on shoes); the second pair will be necessary when the first pair is wet!
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Clothes hangers (if you want to hang clothes)
  • Toiletries - fragrance free and don't forget sunscreen!
  • Alarm clock
  • Quarters and laundry detergent, if needed (instructions on doing laundry might be a good idea too!)
  • Favorite athletic equipment: tennis racket, etc. (We furnish Frisbees, nerf-balls, and other outdoor and indoor toys & games)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen - fragrance free!
  • Bee-sting kit - for those allergic to bee stings

Leave at home

What to leave at home: Neither the Program nor Duke University assumes responsibility for broken, lost, or stolen personal items.

  • Expensive sound, photographic, video or computer equipment
  • Refrigerators are prohibited

What we provide

  • 3-ring binder
  • Writing paper
  • Pens
  • Program T-shirt
  • Transportation from/to airport ($35 one way; $70 round trip)

Computers

Parents: Please read!

Campers are encouraged to bring computers to assist them in completing their out-of-class work. Participants unable to bring computers will have limited access to computer stations in the residence hall and other academic buildings. Neither the Program nor Duke University assumes any responsibility for the material students access via this Internet connection.

Cell phones

Parents: Please read!

We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment’s notice. For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp.

Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell phone use with their student.

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Coming & Going

Registration and Orientation – Day Campers

Extended Day Campers are required to meet with the instructors and residential campers by 5:45 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Gilbert Addoms Hall for orientation and dinner.

Registration and Orientation – Residential Campers

All Creative Writers' Workshop residential participants must check into the Randolph Residence Hall between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on registration day (July 10, 2016). Participants will NOT be able to check in prior to 2:00 pm.

Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and to ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help students get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting.

Prior to dinner, students will meet with their Living Group Counselor. After dinner, campers will participate in a camp-wide orientation session, addressing schedules, expectations, rules, and activities to build the camp community.

Arrival

If driving – All participants arriving by car must plan to complete check-in at the residence hall on Sunday by 5:00 pm.

If arriving by train – Students traveling by train should plan to arrive at the Durham Amtrak Station on the appropriate Sunday between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

If flying – Please make arrangements to arrive at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on the appropriate Sunday between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Transportation will not be available before 1:00 pm or after 4:00 pm.

If a camper arrives before 1:00 pm, s/he will have to wait until 1:00 pm to be transported to campus. Please accurately record your flight information on the transportation form you receive from our office. If the airline changes your flight schedule, please notify us immediately.

SHUTTLES WILL BE PROVIDED TO AND FROM THE RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE DURHAM AMTRACK STATION ON A LIMITED BASIS.

The cost of the airport shuttle service is $35.00 from RDU to campus; $35.00 from campus to RDU. ($70.00 round trip).

Unaccompanied Minors

If your child is flying, it is necessary to check with the airlines whether or not your child will be considered an "unaccompanied minor." Each airline has different age classifications. If your child is classified as an "unaccompanied minor" it is imperative that you record this information on your travel form or give this information to the Duke Youth Programs Office at (919) 684-2827 or email youth@duke.edu. Failure to do so will result in a fee of $30 one way.

Airlines require the name, address and telephone number of the person(s) who will meet the student who is traveling as an unaccompanied minor. We cannot provide that information to you at this time. A staff member of the Youth Programs will contact you 2 - 3 days before the departure date to notify you of the name(s) of the staff members (wearing Duke Youth Program staff T-shirts) who will meet your child at the arrival gate. You then must give this information to the airline with which your child will be traveling. Please ensure that Duke Youth Programs has the correct contact information where you can be reached during those 2-3 days before the camp begins.

For Campers Not Considered Unaccompanied Minors

A staff member, who can be identified by Duke Youth Programs staff T-shirts, will meet participants at the baggage claim area.

If you are delayed – On arrival day, if your flight is delayed, or you are delayed in your journey by car and will not arrive by the requested time, please call (919) 684-2827. If you reach ananswering machine at that number, please leave a message; messages will be checked regularly.

Departure

Participants must check out of the residence hall before noon on Friday. Participants who are flying home must schedule flight departures from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport between 8:00 am and noon. Shuttles will transport participants to the airport during this time frame only. “Unaccompanied minors” will have a staff member escort them to the departure gate.

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Registration

Online

  1. Click on the green Register Now button.  
  2. To check availability in the camp for the appropriate category of camper, click on the exclamation point next to the appropriate tuition profile (example: Day Camper - Fee).
  3. Add the camp section you want to the shopping cart and then select the appropriate course fee. When you begin the checkout process, you will be asked to create a new user account, if you do not already have one.
  4. You must select the Youth Participant option when creating a new student account. Youth Participants must have the parent or guardian's email, phone, and address as the preferred contact information so please have a parent or guardian help you register. 
  5. The Youth Participant profile requires a date of birth, a grade level, and a youth email address.  If you do not have a youth email address or do not wish to enter one, you can enter that of the parent or guardian.
  6. Returning campers should log back into the system with their username and password from the previous summer. If you do not have your login information, please click on the "forgot username" and "forgot password" links from the Student Login Portal of our web site, or call the registration’s office at (919) 684-6259 to obtain your login information. 
  7. You will receive email notification of your registration and payment.

By Mail

Please print out this registration form, complete it, and send it with a check made out to Duke University to:

Registration - Youth Programs
Duke Continuing Studies
Bishop's House Room 201
Box 90700
Durham, NC 27708-0700

Policies

The full payment is due at time of registration.  You can also pay a $300 non-refundable deposit and the balance by May 16, 2016.  If an account has an outstanding balance after May 16th, the registration will be cancelled and the non-refundable deposit is forfeited. Registration after May 16th requires full payment at the time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable deposit.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing. If the participant cancels for any reason 30 or more days prior to the first day of the program, Duke Youth Programs will refund all paid tuition less a $300 non-refundable deposit. 

Duke Youth Programs reserves the right to cancel or not hold a session or program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met or for any reason beyond Duke Youth Programs' control. If the minimum enrollment requirements are not met, registrants will be notified one month in advance and receive a full refund of the deposit and paid tuition. For reasons beyond Duke Youth Programs' control, refund decisions will be made based on recommendations from Duke University. 

Participants who wish to change their registration from one session or program to another may do so only if space is available in the desired program. The initial non-refundable deposit will be transferred, but participants will incur an additional transfer processing fee of $50. We will not be able to make any transfers between sessions or programs if there are less than two weeks remaining before the beginning of desired camp.

Attachments

Registered participants will receive an email from Duke Youth Programs with attachments to print and complete. Please return these required forms as soon as possible or by May 3, 2016.

Additional Services (Extended Stay Option and Shuttle Services)

Extended Stay between Sessions I & II:

Duke Youth Programs will offer an Extended Stay Option for campers who would like to attend Sessions II and III and remain on campus between the two sessions. The program will provide on campus housing, meals and entertainment. The cost is $600 of which $100 is nonrefundable. The full cost is due at the time of registration. Click on the link below to add the YP - Extended Stay Option to your cart and checkout using your Youth Participant profile.

Extended Stay campers will check out of their dorms on Friday, July 22 by 12:00 pm. Campers will sign into the Extended Stay Program in (108) Randolph. (subject to change) At check in campers will meet their weekend counselors, receive their new room assignments, keys and the schedule for the weekend.

On Sunday, July 24, campers will sign out from the Extended Stay Program by 12:00 pm.  Campers will be able to sign into the Session III camps at 1:00 pm.

Shuttle Services

On arrival and departure days, Duke Youth Programs provides shuttle services to and from RDU airport. The cost is $35 to or from camp one way and $70 to and from camp both ways. An invoice for these services will be included in the transportation confirmation letter that will be sent to you before camp begins. These charges are due before the start of the session in which your child is enrolled.

Special Needs

Individuals with disabilities or other special needs who anticipate needing reasonable accommodations should contact the Director of Youth Programs at (919) 684-2827 or youth@duke.edu at the time of registration. 

Written requests for consideration for reasonable accommodation and appropriate paperwork must be received 30 days in advance of the program start date. Each request for reasonable accommodation is reviewed on a case by case basis by the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I live?
Who supervises me? 
Who are the instructors?
What if I arrive at the residential dorm outside the designated check-in times?
What if I am flying as an unaccompanied minor?
What if I do not have room to pack my bed linens?
What if someone wants to visit me?
What if my parents need to contact me?
What if I want to bring a laptop?
What if my parents want to send me money?
What if I need medical attention?
What if I do not have health insurance?
What if I need to cancel?
What if I need financial assistance?
What if someone wants to send me something in the mail?
What will I eat?
What if I lose my meal card?
What if I am unable to attend class?
What if I am having difficulty retrieving my medical records?
What if my travel arrangements change?
Is transportation to and from the airport or train depot provided?
What happens on the weekend?
What if I need directions?

Where do I live?
Participants in the Young Writers' Camp live in Blackwell Residence Hall on East Campus. All other camp participants are housed in Randolph Residence Hall on East Campus.

Who supervises me?
Our Residential Staff is made up of undergraduate and graduate students. The Residential Coordinator(s) is usually a graduate student with experience in counseling and/or residential life. They supervise the undergraduate counseling staff. Each counselor has a living group of 10-12 students. These staff members are on or near campus 24 hours a day and supervise the students in the evening. The program administrator and the program counselors are on call 24 hours a day.

Who are the instructors?
The instructional staff is comprised of professional educators, talented artists, and published writers. They are committed to inspiring and challenging their students.

What if I arrive at the residential dorm outside the designated check-in times?
If your travel arrangements result in you arriving before or after the designated check-in time (Sunday between the hours of 2pm and 4pm), please call the Duke Youth Programs office at 919-684-2827 as soon as possible.

Because residential staff is not required to be present until the start of registration, there is no guarantee that you will have access to the dorm if you arrive before the designated check-in time. As an alternative to waiting for the staff to arrive, consider driving to the local store to get last minute supplies or take a tour of Duke's West Campus.

If you arrive after the designated check-in time, call the Duke Youth Programs office at 919-684-2827 and provide an estimated time of arrival. The office will then contact the residential staff and put them on notice.

What if I am flying as an unaccompanied minor?
Please contact the Duke Youth Programs office at 919-684-2827 or email youth@duke.edu so we can document your child as an unaccompanied minor. Airlines require the name, address and telephone number of the person(s)who will meet the student who is traveling as an unaccompanied minor. We cannot provide that information to you at this time. A staff member of the Youth Programs will contact you 2 or 3 days before the departure date to notify you of the name(s) of the staff members (wearing Duke Youth Program staff T-shirts) who will meet your child at the arrival gate.

What if I do not have room to pack his or her bed linens?
Bed linens can be mailed to our office prior to the start of camp. Participants can also purchase linens at the local store.

What if someone wants to visit me?
Any leave of absence must be arranged in advance with the camper's residential counselor. Residential counselors can be contacted by calling the residential office (this number will be available at check-in). Campers must be picked up at and returned to the residence hall at the pre-arranged times.

Since our schedule is filled with recreational and instructional activities, we discourage long periods of time away from the program. These informal interaction times serve an important role in building community among peers and counselors.

What if my parents need to contact me?
Each residence hall will have an office where parents may call and leave messages for campers during the camp session. This phone number will be available at the program check-in. The residence hall office phone will have an answering machine if no one is present in the office to take the call. Messages will be checked regularly throughout the day. In the case of an emergency, an emergency pager number will be provided on the residential office answering machine. You may also call the main Youth Programs office at 919-684-2827, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.

What if I want to bring a laptop?
Though not a requirement, participants in the program can bring a laptop. However, the camp will not be responsible for loss or damage to the computer and equipment.

What if my parents want to send me money?
Parents should contact the residential office and leave a message with the residential director to discuss money-wiring options.

What if I need medical attention?
Parents will be called for advice and recommendations if the problem does not require immediate medical attention. If the problem is serious, the staff member will arrange for medical treatment at the Duke Student Clinic, Duke Hospital, or other nearby medical facility. When possible, staff members will contact parent(s)/guardian(s) before seeking treatment.

You will receive an email from Youth Programs with information about the Health Form, which will need to be completed and returned to the Duke Youth Programs office before the beginning of camp. It is imperative that all parts of the form are thoroughly and legibly completed. Youth Programs staff will refer to this form for contact information in the event of a medical emergency. Medical personnel will refer to this form whenever medical treatment is necessary; this form is the only guide a health care provider will have in case of an emergency.

What if I do not have health insurance?
Duke University requires all Youth Programs' participants to have health insurance. If you do not have health insurance you may purchase temporary health insurance through a local insurance agency. Please feel free to contact us for suggestions.

What if I need to cancel?
All cancellation requests must be made in writing by sending a fax to 919-681-8235 or emailing us at youth@duke.edu. If the participant cancels for any reason 30 or more days prior to the first day of the program, Duke Youth Programs will refund all paid tuition less the $300 non-refundable deposit.

What if I need financial assistance?
Duke Youth Programs sponsors a limited number of need-based partial scholarships. Please download the Financial Assistance Application or call the Youth Programs Office to request an application at 919-684-2827 or email youth@duke.edu. Completed applications, along with all requested supplemental documents, must be received by February 16, 2015. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Applicants will be notified about award decisions by March 16, 2015.

NOTE: Duke Employees, if you are awarded financial aid then you will not be eligible to receive the Duke employee discount.

What if someone wants to send me something in the mail?
Mail should be sent to participants in care of our administrative office in the Bishop's House. The mailing address is:

Program Name
Camper's Name
Duke Continuing Studies
Bishop's House Room 205
Box 90700
Durham, NC 27708-0700

Please understand that mail delivery to participants will take at least 2 extra days, as the mail must travel from the US Postal Service to the Duke Postal Service to the Duke Youth Programs office and then to the participant. Also, Duke mail does not deliver on Saturdays.

What will I eat?
All program participants eat in the campus dining halls. Campers in all programs except Duke ACTION, Duke Biosciences and Engineering Camp, Duke IMAGINE and Duke Math will have all meals in the East Campus Marketplace. Residential and Extended Day participants of Duke ACTION, Duke Biosciences and Engineering, and Duke IMAGINE will eat breakfast and dinner in the East Campus Marketplace and lunch on West Campus. Duke Computer Camp participants will eat lunch on West campus.  Participants can choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat entrees, vegetables, breads, sandwiches, salad bar, drinks and desserts. Lunch for all campers (residential, extended and day campers) is included in tuition.

What if I lose my meal card?
If either the card or the key is lost or misplaced, the participant should notify his/her counselor immediately so a replacement may be issued and the lost card key deactivated to ensure the safety of residents. Participants are responsible for the replacement cost of each lost or damaged card key ($15) or room key ($100).

What if I am unable to attend class?
If your child will be absent for the day, please notify the Duke Youth Programs Office so we can inform his/her instructor.

What if I am having difficulty retrieving my medical records?
Please contact the Duke Youth Programs office for assistance in getting medical records.

What if my travel arrangements have changed?
Please contact the Duke Youth Programs office at 919-684-2827 as soon as possible regarding any travel changes.

Is transportation to and from the airport or train depot provided?
Duke Youth Programs provides shuttle services to and from RDU to campus and train depot stations. For airline travelers, the cost is $35 for one way and $70 for both ways.

What happens on the weekend?
Residential campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that are organized by the residential counseling staff.

What if I need directions?
Click on the links below, click on the diections button on the upper left corner, and enter the address from which you're traveling.

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