Wyoming Arts Council

Young Writers' Camp June 7-14 in Story

Micah Wyatt sends this news about this summer’s Young Writers’ Camp:

The 18th annual session of the Sheridan Young Writers Camp will take place from June 7-14 in Story, Wyoming. This program is sponsored by the Sheridan Arts Council and by Sheridan College. The camp accepts young writers ages 14-18 who wish to sharpen their skills in poetry, fiction (including sci-fi and speculative fiction), non-fiction, screenwriting, and critique. The teachers are Jesse Loesberg, Danica Wyatt, and Micah Wyatt, who all are working and accomplished writers and writing teachers.

Jesse has an M.F.A. in writing, has published several poems and essays, has a novel in the works, and is a contributor to local radio shows. Jesse’s teaching credits include the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, The Writing Salon, Portland Adult Education, and the Oak Bluffs School on Martha’s Vineyard.

Danica has a Ph.d. in physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and has taught creative and non-fiction writing at UC Santa Cruz and in Sheridan.

Camp Director Micah Wyatt has an M.F.A. in creative writing and is a law student at the University of Wyoming. He has published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, teaches writing classes and groups for all ages, and is a former national championship winning coach of speech and debate at Sheridan College, and is in a blues/jazz duo which tours and plays in Wyoming and Colorado.

In addition to writing, the camp provides a memorable experience in art, communal living, music, hiking, cooking, movement, and improvisational acting. Participants sleep in tents on the grounds, but there is also a large lodge building with showers, restroom facilities, and kitchen where many group activities, including meals, take place. Tuition for the week is $250.

To apply, campers should send a letter stating age, grade in school, reasons for wanting to attend the program, address, and telephone number. Please indicate in this letter if financial aid is requested. The application should also include a short writing sample. This sample may be a short story, several poems, or an academic essay. Excerpts of longer works are acceptable. Letters of application must be post-marked no later than May 1, 2008.

Please mail all application materials to:
Sheridan Young Writers Camp, c/o Micah Wyatt
410 S. Thurmond
Sheridan, WY 82801

Applications will also be accepted electronically at the e-mail addresses below or at the camp’s website: www.youngwriterscamp.org.

FMI: Micah Wyatt, 307-460-0860, micah@youngwriterscamp.org

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