Oklahoma City University’s English department will host its inaugural Smokewood Institute for Young Writers in July.
The intensive, two-week program of writing workshops, craft sessions and creative writings will culminate in an anthology of the students’ work.
The program, open to high school students, will be July 6-19 at OCU.
English professors Rob Roensch and Karen Schiler will teach what amounts to a complete introductory creative writing course. Outside the classroom, students will enjoy creative outings on campus and around Oklahoma City, including visits to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma History Center.
Serious students working in any genre are welcome. They must have completed at least their sophomore year of high school. Certain test scores and GPA levels may be required.
Roensch won the 2012 International Scott Prize for Short Stories for his story collection, “The Wildflowers of Baltimore.” From 2010 to 2012, Schiler directed the Drew University Ranger Writers program for college students interested in writing novels, poetry and screenplays.
The institute is named after Elaine Smokewood, a popular OCU English professor who continued to teach even after losing the ability to speak due to a neurological disease. She died in 2011.