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In Class

The Mission of the Young Writers Workshop at Messiah College:

  • To enable students to become better writers in a safe and positive learning environment
  • To develop a community of writers that is established during the week and endures beyond the week.
  • To give students a foretaste of college experience and college level thinking and writing.
  • To introduce students to Messiah College in a way that will encourage them to think about Messiah as a future academic home.
  • To encourage students to understand the value of the humanities.

What You Will Learn

In Class Track Learning Outcomes

  • Students will read and extensively discuss works of short fiction and poetry by Dickinson, Whitman, Chekov, and Dostoevsky and others.
  • Students will learn to write original works of short fiction and poetry.
  • Students will learn to read and respond to each other’s work effectively.
  • Students will learn how to revise their work in response to their peers.
  • Students will produce a portfolio of their own work and present a reading.

“It’s my desire that this workshop will inspire these young writers to thirst for more literature, and nurture the friendships that come from drinking deeply from these literary wells together. Do not underestimate the power of this experience with a group of likeminded individuals! My hope is that the group will continue working together remotely - long after the class has ended.”

- Christine Perrin, Adjunct Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Out of Class Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to live together in a supportive academic community.
  • Students will learn more about what it is like to live and work in a college environment.
  • Students will learn about the mission and values of Messiah College.
  • Students will learn about the literary and cultural life of the Harrisburg Area.