Spend a week this summer venturing on a literary Hero’s Quest. All of us as young adult readers have enjoyed tales of the hero’s quest, whether we read about Odysseus and Penelope or Frodo and Bilbo, or more current heroes like Harry and Hermione, Percy and Annabeth, and Katniss and Peeta. But rarely are students allowed to write their own tales. During the Pre-College Summer at UConn, students in this 1-week creative writing session will study the genres of the essay and the poem and use these genres to explore themes of coming of age as they map onto the paradigm of the hero’s quest.
Mornings will be spent studying the genres and drafting essays and poems. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to workshopping drafts into publishable pieces.