Journeys and Monsters in Essay and Poem
How will you write your story? Find out by spending a week this summer venturing on a literary Hero’s Quest at UConn's Pre-College Summer. Our Creative Writing course offers students the chance to explore their own concepts of identity, heroism and coming of age through taking on the roll of author rather then reader.
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 this 1-week creative writing session, students 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.