UTPA Summer Creative Writing Institute offers unique opportunity for aspiring writers
Posted: 05/23/2008
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The Summer Creative Writing Institute, now in its sixth year at The University of Texas-Pan American, is offering a one-week intensive writing program June 2-6 followed by two weeks of independent study for aspiring writers who want to hone their creative skills.

During the first week's intensive program, the institute schedule will include workshops each morning, afternoon panels and evening readings. During their independent study, students will have access to institute instructors who will provide a critique of their work at the institute's conclusion.

The institute will feature talks and readings by guests David Rice, author of "Crazy Loco" and "Give a Pig a Chance," Larry Fondation, who wrote "Angry Nights" and "Fish, Soap and Bonds," and Paul Ruffin, editor of the Texas Review Press.

UTPA Department of English faculty will lead the three different institute workshops - Dr. Steven Schneider, professor, poetry writing; Dr. Eric Miles Williamson, associate professor, fiction; and Dr. Rob Johnson, professor, nonfiction.

Schneider, a prize-winning poet and author of several books, will teach students how to develop a portfolio of their poetry. Students will learn about South Texas history and how to write a work of South Texas nonfiction from Johnson, author of "The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs." Williamson, author of the novels "East Bay Grease" and "Two-Up" will help students to produce a polished work of short fiction by the end of his institute course.

The institute offers graduate and undergraduate credit for UTPA students. This year Rio Grande Valley residents who are not registered UTPA students may sign also up for the program and receive a certificate of completion. Program cost for non-UTPA students is $500 and payable by check on the first day of the institute.

For more information, contact Schneider at or call 956/380-8775.