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Atlantic Center for the Arts

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Ages: 14-18

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
1414 Art Center Avenue New
Smyrna Beach, FL USA 32168

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Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency summer camp program offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir. Read More!

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your word Teen Writing Residency
Program Dates: July 24 - August 6, 2016


Master Writers:
Poet- John Murillo
Fiction Writer- Rebecca Makkai
Genre Writer- Madeleine Roux

Atlantic Center for the Arts' your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and genre writing, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.

your word Teen Creative Writing Residency will be held from July 24 through Aug 6, 2016, offering 24 participants an extraordinary opportunity to explore and expand the power of their individual voices through writing workshops. The program will take place at Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists' community on the east coast of central Florida.

ACA's your word teen writing residency is for teens ages 14-18 and offers teen writers a wonderful opportunity to study with top-notch Master Writers while exploring their creativity in a nurturing environment.

The Residency: Students will join three Master Writers, one in each of the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Genre-writing (science fiction, paranormal, romance, etc.). Teens will select their primary genre, where they will spend the most time, but there also will be opportunities to explore the two other genres. Scheduled recreational activities include evening events with guest writers and readings, visiting writer talks via the internet, a marine Eco-tour, a trip to New Smyrna's beaches, day trips, as well as movies and impromptu events. Atlantic Center for the Arts' Director of Community Programs, Ren Morrison will facilitate the program, and chaperones will be on-site 24-hours a day throughout the program. The residency provides mentorship by Master Writers as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with peers.

Facilities & Housing: Atlantic Center for the Arts is located on 10 acres of pine and palmetto forest, representing the interaction between nature, environment and creativity. Nestled within a 67-acre ecological preserve, the campus is connected by raised boardwalks. Students will reside in two buildings containing 28 single occupancy housing units (4 handicap-accessible) furnished with double bed, private bathroom, work desk, small refrigerator, and linens. Atlantic Center's award winning studio complex includes a dining hall, digital media lab, library, administration building, and a visitor center & gallery. Click here to read more.

Cost of Residency (includes room, board, and workshops):  $1,895
There are a limited number of scholarships available for Volusia County residents (Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. Scholarship). Apply on application.

To Apply visit the Submissions page for the Your Word Program Complete all required fields on the submission form Upload your statement of intent and writing sample Pay the $20 application fee at the bottom of the page.

For questions or more information, contact Ren Morrison, Director of Community Programs at or 386-423-1753 x 11.

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