My summer as an Arts in the Gap intern is now officially over. It is so hard to believe that break is almost over! I have had a great summer and am glad to have had the chance to work at LMU over the break. Arts in the Gap is a wonderful program, and I am glad to have participated in promoting the fine arts in this area. These last few weeks, I have participated in a variety of writing workshops that have taught me skills that I can use to improve my own writing. The last two workshops that I will to share with you in this post are the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio and the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop.
Cumberland Gap Writers Studio:
The Writers Studio was fantastic! It was by far one of my favorite workshops I have participated in this summer. In this workshop, the writers spent the days writing and spent the evenings sharing what they had written. I had the privilege to hear a lot of different work and several different voices. I also got the chance to share my own work in this workshop. There were three faculty writers to give feedback on the readings. These writers were Aaron Smith, Michael Chitwood, and Darnell Arnoult. I was in Michael Chitwood’s class. I was glad for his feedback and everyone else’s on my stories. My favorite part about these workshops was the relaxed environment we shared our work in. There were writers there at all skill levels so the classes were not stressful or overwhelming.
Appalachian Young Writers Workshop
The Appalachian Young Writers Workshop was another writing workshop that I enjoyed. In this workshop, I had the chance to hear young, talented voices from several high school students. I also had the chance to attend several classes in which I was able to learn from many established writers. I also had another chance to share my own work with other writers. In this writing program, there were many different classes including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. I participated in non-fiction the most because it is my favorite genre, and I also have a lot of non-fiction pieces I am working on. My favorite part about these classes were the prompts we were given. In the non-fiction class I participated in, we were given prompts from a few different books where we were required to use certain phrases in several free writes. This was useful for me because I was able to use these phrases to model ideas and stories.
Another part of the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop that I enjoyed was the reading by guest author, Robert Gipe, who read from his new book Trampoline, which is a novel targeted at young adults. I have not finished the book yet, but what I have read so
far is very intriguing, and I encourage readers at any age to read it. It is such an interesting book, and I am glad I got a free, signed copy!
I liked these past few weeks because I got to work on my writing, hear some unique work, and share some of my own work. I have learned a lot in these past few weeks, and I am glad to have had the chance to participate in all of the workshops at LMU over the summer. My summer as an Arts in the Gap intern is now over, but I still have one more thing to share with my readers before I end this series. It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over. I have had so much fun this summer, and I am a little sad that it is ending. But I am excited for my last semester of college! I am sure that I will have even more to share with you during the school year than I have had over the break! This has been a wonderful summer, and I can’t wait to start an even better school year. I can’t wait to share it with you!
If you want any information about Arts in the Gap, just leave me a comment, and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. I would also love to hear from you if you have anything you want to share about your summer! Thank you for reading my blog and remember to like this post and check back every other Wednesday for a new one!