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Are you a student that loves to write and wants to learn more? Whether you’re obsessed with poetry, plays, short stories, songwriting, or all of the above, The August Wilson Cultural Centers Third Annual Summer Youth Writers Camp wants you! August Wilson believed that our own voices and communities were essential to our art. Together we will look at some of Wilsons influences as well as our own as we explore our unique writing voice. Each day will be filled with exciting theater games and thought-provoking writing exercises to sharpen your pen. You’ll have several opportunities to meet new friends, share your work, and engage in constructive feedback. Come and join a strong, supportive community of young writers who are going to change the world!
This year’s program will be abbreviated, and take place online. There will be additional winter sessions in-person that will be announced at a later date. This summer’s registration is FREE and open to all students ages 11-15. Students will create a poetic monologue in the style and themes of Troy Maxson in Fences (or in imitation of other characters across Wilson’s plays). Sessions will be led by poet and teacher Cameron Barnett.
Cameron Barnett is a poet and teacher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A quasi-native of the city, he attended Taylor Allderdice High School, and later received his BA in English from Duquesne University in 2011, where he was the recipient of the O’Donnell Award for Excellence in Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was poetry editor for Hot Metal Bridge Literary Magazine, co-coordinator of Pitt’s Speakeasy Reading Series, and winner of the 2014 University of Pittsburgh/Academy of American Poets Graduate Poetry Award. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Superstition Review, Rattle, TriQuarterly, and IDK Magazine, among others. He currently serves as an editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Journal. Cameron’s poetry explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America.
To register: Email Sedmunds@aacc-awc.org including Parent or guardian’s name, Students first and last name, phone number: