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Virginia Tech offers creative writing and digital media summer camp

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 15, 2012 – This summer, middle and high school students in southwest Virginia can enjoy a campus atmosphere while honing their writing and computer skills. All Write @ Virginia Tech, a creative writing and digital media day camp, is scheduled for June 18 through 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Students are grouped by age and writing sessions include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, songwriting, and cartooning. Digital media classes cover filmmaking, digital narratives, and website design. Midday breaks allow time for guided activities and student interactions.

“After a few years’ hiatus, we’ve expanded this workshop from 15 hours to 40,” says Aileen Murphy, director of the Blue Ridge Writing Project and assistant director of creative writing at Virginia Tech. “We’re happy to build on the acclaim of past programs and offer broader, more imaginative experiences to students and a more convenient time schedule for parents.”

The Blue Ridge Writing Project is one of over 200 National Writing Project member sites in the United States. The project assists teachers and students in southwest Virginia through programs such as the invitational summer institute, writing camps, outreach, and professional development workshops. Teacher-consultants from the project will visit and assist All Write classes to enhance the writing experiences. 

The cost of the camp is $500 per student and some partial and full scholarships are available. More information can be found on the website or by contacting Aileen Murphy at 540-231-4747 or 540-231-6501.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.