Writers Who Are Going Places Start at Hollins: Creative Writing

For rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 18 – Saturday, July 24, 2021

This one-week summer writing retreat provides students with individualized attention and a choice of activities to develop ​core skills in fiction, poetry, and personal narrative. ​At Hollins, we value helping students find and hone their own voices. Lectures, workshops, and special events with Hollins faculty and visiting authors encourage participants to ​experiment with new forms and styles of writing in a supportive environment. ​Past keynote topics have included fantasy writing, publishing, graphic novels, screenwriting, #ownvoices, and picture books. Each day includes unstructured time for students to practice writing, ​work one-on-one with leaders, and get to know the other students.

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Residential: $950
Day (9 am – 5 pm): $400
  • Register and pay the nonrefundable $200 deposit by March 1 to receive a 10% discount.

Marcie AtkinsMarcie Flinchum Atkins

  • Graduate of the M.A. and M.F.A. programs in children’s literature at Hollins
  • Two-time recipient of the Shirley Henn Creative Writing Award
  • Librarian in Northern Virginia
  • Children’s book author; had five nonfiction titles published in 2019
  • Muses about mentor texts at www.marcieatkins.com

Follow her on Twitter @MarcieFAtkins and read about her #writerlife on Instagram at @marciefatkins


Meghan SharpMeighan L. Sharp

  • Graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Hollins; holds an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina
  • Teaches at Hollins University
  • Recently spent 15 months as an artist-in-residence at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Author of the poetry chapbook, Anywhere You’re Going, and the forthcoming collection, Effusive Greetings to Friends
  • Her poetry and fiction appear in numerous literary journals including The Sun, Crazyhorse, DIALOGISTBlackbird, and elsewhere