Creative Writing

Youth Camp/Outreach

YWW 2018
Young Writers Workshop 2018

Young Writers Workshop

The Young Writers Workshop is an annual five-day conference that brings together up to 35 high school students from across North Carolina and the region to study the craft of writing on the UNC Wilmington campus. The workshop is organized and operated by UNCW's Department of Creative Writing, and camp participants have the opportunity to study with published, working writers-faculty members and students in the department's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. More >

Writers in Action

Writers in Action (WIA) enables MFA candidates to become agents of social change with a creative-writing focused arts-in-education program that connects MFA students with public schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Wilmington. MFA students work with students ages 7-18 in a classroom-style setting and create their own curricula tailored to the needs of their students. MFA students work in tandem with community members to create a rooted, solidified cultural community that empowers residents to channel their voices into art, and their art into action. More >

Write Wilmington

Beginning in Spring 2021, under the leadership of professor Sayantani Dasgupta and MFA candidate Jess Ram, the Department of Creative Writing at UNCW responded to a need for fellowship via a new initiative called Write Wilmington. Each semester, for approximately 9 weeks, students, faculty, and community members gather virtually on Friday mornings for a free writing session led either by a faculty member or a graduate student. Instructors deliver prompts and guidelines, and everyone attending writes together—the goal being not to create a perfect poem or story but to push our imaginations, exercise those creative muscles, and generate drafts that may be polished later. Write Wilmington not only demonstrates UNCW’s commitment toward public service and outreach, it also shines light on our world-class faculty and graduate students, and offers the latter an opportunity for professional development. More >

Teens Out Loud

In Spring 2009, Writers in Action collaborated with Linda Connor, BSW, of Duke Medical Center and The Publishing Laboratory to offer a writing course to local teens diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. The course, organized and taught by Chris Guppy (MFA '11), was called "Teens Out Loud." More >