USD to hold creative writing camp for high school students

USD to hold creative writing camp for high school students
School administrators and teachers are invited to nominate talented high school students for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Creative Writers' Camp," on Saturday, Sept. 22 at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The Dakota Writing Project (DWP), a local teachers' organization affiliated with the National Writing Project, and the Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), an award-winning student organization, are hosting the one-day camp.

The camp, which is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., includes workshops on short fiction, poetry, revision and performance. It will be followed by a public reading in Farber Hall.

"No experience with writing stories or poetry is necessary," VLP leader Sara Kniffen said. "We welcome students who have demonstrated creativity in some form, with a genuine interest in writing."

Camp workshop leaders include Mary Begley (Vermillion High School), Krista Bruggeman (Lennox High School), Annie Christain (USD), Assistant Professor Greg Dyer (University of Sioux Falls), Lindy Obach (University Center, Sioux Falls), Associate Professor Lee Ann Roripaugh (USD) and Associate Professor Dennis Sjolie (USD). Additional DWP teacher-consultants and leaders from Prairie Winds, a South Dakota organization working to improve student and teacher writing, will assist the workshop led by Dennis Sjolie.

This is the second year of the Sorcerer's Apprentice Camp. With a limited enrollment, nominated students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration forms, biographies of the teacher-writers leading the workshops and additional information are available online at School officials can also nominate students using the registration form online. The registration fee includes a day of workshops, a camp T-shirt, lunch, refreshments during breaks and a copy of the VLP 2007 magazine. The deadline to register is Sept. 7. Reduced-fee scholarships based on financial need are available; e-mail for more information.

About the Dakota Writing Project

The Dakota Writing Project is a non-profit teachers' organization that focuses on improving the teaching of writing through an invitational summer institute for teachers and a variety of other activities. For more information, visit

About the Vermillion Literary Project

The Vermillion Literary Project, a student organization at the University of South Dakota, publishes an annual literary magazine and hosts events for the university community and the general public. For more information, visit

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