Thank you for your interest in the BCA Summer Writing Program

For students entering 9th to 12th grade--BCA and beyond!

Unfortunately, there will not be a Poetry course this summer.

The Fiction course will run July 24 - August 3, 2017

Monday through Thursday each week, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Fiction course is currently full!!!

You can request to be put on the waiting list, or you can email Richard Weems at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to hear about other summer ficion course options

 

If you would like to be on the email list for reminders about the 2018 course registration, contact Richard Weems at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program

 

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The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program offers two-week intensive creative writing courses on fiction and poetry taught by a master BCA teacher and visiting artists. Individuated instruction, group feedback sessions as well as experience in other art forms will coax your writing from inception to revision and provide you a fuller appreciation of writing as an art form.

Course enrollment will be limited so faculty and guest artists can provide individual attention to your work.

Classes run on the campus of Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ

 Attendees of this program in past years have won the following accolades:
- national medals, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- finalist, Michelle Obama's Poetry Ambassadors program

- NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education
- gold medal, NJCTE
- the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
- Bergen High School Writing contest, short story

 


 
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Richard K. Weems, director and fiction faculty

Richard K. Weems (program director, Fiction faculty and BCA faculty) holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.  He is a former Director of Creative Writing for the NJ Governor's School of the Arts and was named a Distinguished Teacher of Writing by the National Federation for Advancement in the Arts as well as a Outstanding Educator by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  His students have gone on to MFA programs, publications and editorships, and have won scholarships and national awards, from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to the US Presidential Scholar in the Arts program. He is the author of Anything He Wants, winner of the Spire Fiction Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Cheap Stories eBook series, The Way of It - New and Selected Cheap Stories, Stark Raving Blue, and a new collection, From Now On, You're Back is forthcmoming in 2017. His publications include North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Crescent Review, Pif Magazine, The Florida Review, Barcelona Review and The Beloit Fiction Journal.


2017 Visiting Artists (more to come!)

Robbie Clipper (fiction) has published two novels-in-stories under the name Robbie Clipper Sethi, The Bride Wore Red (Picador, 1997) and Fifty-Fifty (Silicon Press, 2003) as well as short stories in The Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, The Philadelphia Inquirer and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Her fiction has won a National Endowment for the Arts award and two fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Robbie teaches fiction, poetry, expository writing and literature at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship spent a "monsoon semester" (August-December 2009) teaching creative writing at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India.

 


$750 for each two-week course

  If you experience any problems with the registration link, please email the program director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.

Thank you for your interest.

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