Adventures in Creative Writing (Rising grades 9-12)
Refine your writing skills now that you have mastered the basics of good writing. Discover new techniques, and polish your writing in your chosen genre. Expand your thinking and imagination by visiting the local art museum or botanical gardens to release your creativity in your writing. Work with distinguished and published faculty from the USC Poetry Initiative and the English department to employ a variety of styles and themes to write essays, fiction, poetry, and short stories in a class anthology.
This course is a favorite among students and has been offered since 2007!
Meet the Instructor(s)
Dr. Ed Madden is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches creative writing and Irish literature. His first book of poetry, Signals, won the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize and was published by USC press in 2008. He was also included in Best New Poets 2007, an annual collection of the best emerging writers in the nation. Twice a recipient of the South Carolina Academy of Authors poetry fellowship, Madden is also the writer in residence at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens and has served as artist in residence for the South Carolina State Parks and for Fort Moultrie National Park. He has taught creative writing at the Governor's School for Science and Math in Hartsville and at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia. His poems and essays been published in many journals and anthologies, including most recently the 2007 Notre Dame anthology, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, and the Southern Poetry Anthology.
Ray McManus is Assistant Professor of English in the Division of Arts and Letters at University of South Carolina- Sumter Campus. He is the author of two books of poetry, Driving through the country before you are born (USC Press 2007) and Red Dirt Jesus (Marick Press). A native to South Carolina, Ray has worked tirelessly promoting poetry throughout the state. In 2000, he founded Split P Soup -- a poetry writing initiative housed at USC's MFA program. Since its inception, Split P Soup has worked with over 5000 students and teachers in k-12 schools. Ray serves as the creative writing director for the Tri-district Arts Consortium, and he works with other SC poets to provide readings, conduct workshops, and create publishing opportunities.
Dr. Carl Jenkinson is an Assistant Professor of English at Gordon State College, GA. Though born in England, he completed his graduate work—an MFA in fiction and a PhD in English and American Literature—at the University of South Carolina, where he co-edited Yemassee, the school¹s literary journal. Before coming to the United States, he was variously a lawyer, French teacher, cycle guide, and piano mover. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and he was awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission Fiction Award in 2004. He has led workshops in a variety of settings and has also taught creative writing to upperclassmen at USC. He is currently working on a book length memoir about growing up the hearing son of deaf parents.