Writers Who Are Going Places: Creative Writing Intensive

For rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 22, 2023

This one-week summer writing retreat provides students with individualized attention and a choice of activities to develop ​core skills in fiction, poetry, and personal narrative. ​At Hollins, we value helping students find and hone their own voices. Lectures, workshops, and special events with Hollins faculty and visiting authors encourage participants to ​experiment with new forms and styles of writing in a supportive environment. ​Past keynote topics have included fantasy writing, publishing, graphic novels, screenwriting, #ownvoices, and picture books. Each day includes unstructured time for students to practice writing, ​work one-on-one with leaders, and get to know the other students.

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Residential: $1,050
Day (9 am – 5 pm): $500


Jordan HumphreyJordan Humphrey

  • Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A. in English) and Hollins University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing).
  • Writing consultant at Grace Church School
  • Public health coordinator at Yale University, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity

Throughout the last decade, Jordan has worked with high school and college students, both in the classroom and beyond. He taught literature and writing at a community college in downtown Manhattan, helped start a therapeutic boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and led wilderness trips through the Utah desert.

Lucy MarcusLucy Marcus

  • Graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Hollins (was a teaching fellow and graduate assistant)
  • Teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Served as the 2019 Writer by Bus Roanoke
  • Essays and stories have appeared in STORY, Kestrel, and other journals.


Sydney TammarineSydney Tammarine

  • Graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Hollins
  • Associate Professor of English at New Mexico Military Institute
  • Her essays and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, B O D Y,  LIT, and other journals
  • Co-translator of a book of poems, The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile
  • Contributing editor to The Hollins Critic
  • Creative nonfiction/flash fiction editor and director of the Editorial Internship Program at Cleaver Magazine

Sydney has led workshops at Hollins University, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, and at various high schools, including as Writer-in-Residence at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School.