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The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program
The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program offers two-week intensive creative writing courses on fiction, poetry and playwriting/screenwriting taught by master teachers 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
Previous attendees of this program in have won the following accolades:
- US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
- national medals, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- finalist, National Student Poets Program (X2)
- NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education
- gold medals, NJCTE
- the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
- Bergen High School Writing contest, short story, drama and poetry
- The Theater Project's Young Playwrights Competition
For the first week, you will explore your ideas through various writing exercises to develop your sense of story, character and image. Then, you will receive individual and group feedback to give you guidance towards revising selected works to new levels.
Writing new work is the emphasis of this class. You will explore your poetry through varied writing exercises, feedback and individual guidance and critique to provide you with a multitude of perspectives and aesthetics.
Playwriting & Screenwriting:
You will learn to write standout scenes and gain a better understanding of how to create ‘real' characters with distinct voices and backstories. You will also delve into the nuances of story structure to develop a one act play, the script for a short film, or the start of a larger project with a plan for the rest of the story.
Richard Weems, director and Fiction faculty
Richard 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 an 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 his latest collection is From Now On, You're Back. 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.
$750 for each two-week course