Have you ever imagined what a young writer’s haven would be like? For some, it might be cuddled up with a blanket, pen and paper in hand with an afternoon of fanciful writing to look forward to. But today I thought I’d talk about my experience at what I consider to be the perfect young writer’s haven.
Last summer, I participated in a young writer’s workshop at Kenyon College sponsored by the literary publication, The Kenyon Review. Kenyon College is located in Gambier, Ohio. I know, it sounds like the middle of nowhere, and it is (cornfields galore!) But the rural setting is just so beautiful and if you’re not afraid of getting caught in rainstorms, I assure you, you’ll fall in love with the campus and the town. It was my first time ever participating in a writing program, and let me just tell you: it was beyond awesome, it was wonderful.
You know that feeling you get when you meet someone who is insanely compatible with you, and you just click instantly? Well, that’s how I felt with everyone I met there. We all just had a common passion for creative writing and it was so amazing to form a community. Besides the writing, my favorite aspect was sharing and hearing the creative thought processes of fellow writers. One minute we’d be talking about Sylvia Plath and Bukowski and the next we’d be immersed in a discussion about religion. Let’s just say, it was nice to be understood.
Well, I could take you through my entire experience there, but I prefer to provide you with a haiku:
Rainstorms deplete light
For five days (but it’s alright!)
Write with all our might
What made my time at The Kenyon Review Young Writer’s Workshop was the fact that I was able to create my own memories there, with instructors, fellow writers, and myself. So I really encourage you to pursue your own opportunities. And if you’re hesitant to dedicate your precious summer to any single endeavor (I know, the thought of spending a summer at writing camp sounds far from entrahlling), don’t worry, because the program only lasts two weeks. Also, there are two sessions so that gives you some flexibility as well!
I’ve provided a link to the program’s website below. If you’re a young writer who not only has a passion for writing, but also wants to be surrounded by other writing junkies, I strongly encourage you to check it out! The application deadline is fast approaching so embrace the opportunity while you can!
Thanks for coming down the rabbit hole!