The University of Alabama

UA Offers Creative Writing Club for High-School Students

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama invites local high-school students — freshmen through seniors — to sign up for the Spring 2013 Creative Writing Club.

The Creative Writing Club will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday from Jan. 30 to April 24 in 301 Morgan Hall on the UA campus. No previous creative writing experience is required.

The instructors will be writers who are graduate students in UA’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. They will lead a semester-long exploration of creative writing under the direction of Robin Behn, poet and professor of English. Students will experiment with many kinds of creative writing, give a public reading, and create their own publication.The emphasis is on having fun while exploring what language can do. Tuition is free for students. Free parking is also available.

The Creative Writing Club is entering its ninth year and has had support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Tuscaloosa Arts Council, UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the English department and the Program in Creative Writing.

The Creative Writing Club also offers a free summer experience, Creative Writing Camp, for two weeks every year in June. Registration for the summer program will begin in March.

To register for the Spring 2013 Creative Writing Club, send an e-mail with the student’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, school and grade level to P. J. Williams, program assistant, at uacreativewritingclub@gmail.com. For more information, visit the website at www.bama.ua.edu/~cwc/.

The English department is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.