Teen author workshop coming to Southern Utah University

By Ally Condie
For Iron County Today

In connection with the WriteOut Foundation, Southern Utah University presents the inaugural WriteOut Camp, a writing workshop experience for teenagers ages 13 to 18.

The camp will take place on June 28-30. Students will learn from published authors in classroom-sized settings, hike and write in Bryce Canyon National Park, attend a performance of “As You Like It” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and enjoy other activities such as a closing gala, author panels and signings, and on-campus activities and tours. Camp attendance requires registration; evening events are open to the public.

“We’re committed to bringing authors who are not only international bestsellers, but excellent teachers to Cedar City to work with teen writers,” Ally Condie, director of the WriteOut Foundation, said. “I know that they will benefit from the workshops, and also that our authors will love getting a glimpse of all that Cedar City and southern Utah have to offer.”

Thanks to the efforts of Tasha Seegmiller, EDGE Center Coordinator in the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning at SUU, the volunteers for WriteOut are all licensed teachers of teens, people who are passionate about writing and providing an atmosphere where young people can learn from experts and each other.

“These volunteers are eager to take the ideas learned from publishing professionals and incorporate them into their classrooms in conjunction with the core standards,” Seegmiller said.

SUU College of Education and Human Development Dean Shawn Christiansen said the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development staff is excited to partner with the WriteOut, a new summer writing camp for teens. Young aspiring writers will work with best-selling authors and learn the craft of writing, attend a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and adventure into our national parks,” Shawn Christiansen, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at SUU, said. “I look forward to seeing the impact this camp will have on our young writers.  My daughter is thrilled to attend and work with these accomplished authors.  We hope you’ll join us!”

To register for the camp, see the schedule, and read the author bios, visit www.writeoutcamp.org.

About the WriteOut Foundation: The WriteOut Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that aims to bring creative writing and reading experiences to students in rural areas. WriteOut is committed to reaching these areas, and to reaching students in financial and other need. The Foundation funded 20 scholarship to this year’s WriteOut Camp for qualified students.

For more info and to register, please visit www.writeoutcamp.org. A schedule of events open to the public is available at www.writeoutcamp.org/schedule.

PHOTO Courtesy of SUU

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