After reviewing participant applications, a group of 30-50 student authors will be selected to meet at ZSR on the evening of Friday, January 29th from 7:00 pm to Saturday, January 30th at 7:00 am and write a collection of stories (or essays or poems) that will be published in a book and cataloged with each participant listed as an author. Student authors will receive a copy of the book, and the opportunity to be part of a panel at Words Awake! 2016.
During the Summer of 2015, The Writers Camp @ ZSR committee was formed and the Writing Center was brought in to help plan, market, and lead the event scheduled for Friday, January 29th 2016.
Calling all Wake Forest student writers, storytellers, poets, and artists! Your chance to become a published author is here! Applications are now open for the inaugural Writers Camp @ ZSR, to be held on Friday, January 29th, 2016.
Note: The call for applications is now closed.
The big reveal! Professor and WFU historian, Jenny Puckett, will kick-off your writing adventure with a quick presentation about your writing process AND your artifact will be on display. Special guest may arrive!
You and your fellow authors will meet at ZSR at 7:00 pm with everything you need for a binge writing session. Be prepared to stay till 7:00 am. Professor Ryan Shirey, Director of the WFU Writing Center will open the event with insider tips to make the most of your writing experience. Writing tutors from the Writing Center will be available during the event to assist you. Of course food and coffee will be available throughout the night to to keep you going. By 7:00 am, your work is done and we will close the event with a celebratory breakfast from Biscuitville, a few words of thanks and congratulations, and some gifts!
After the event all the writing will be professionally edited and then published as an eBook. Two leather-bound editions will be created by Craig Fansler in ZSR, one for Special Collections and one for the circulating collection. Students may be offered the chance to serve on a panel for a program at Words Awake 2 in April, where we would also like to make the book available.
Oct. 19 through Nov. 13: Open Application Period: All Wake Forest students are invited to submit online applications and writing samples for review.
Nov. 30: Student Author Selection: Student authors will be notified of their acceptance. You will begin receiving regular updates from the committee to prepare you for the January event, including your mystery artifact from the history of Wake Forest that will serve as your writing prompt. All will be revealed in your letter of acceptance.
Here are a few resources regarding looking at artifacts:
Here are a few resources for writing about objects:
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library would like to recognize everyone who made this event possible!
And special thanks to ZSR Library Dean Tim Pyatt, and Professor Jenny Puckett our keynote speaker. Thanks to Kevin Gilbertson for designing our logo, and Rosalind Tedford and Mary Beth Lock for procuring vendor donations, Rebecca Peterson for all her work arranging the artifacts and the keynote event, and our wonderful copy editor, Chad Harris!
And finally, thanks to author Jane McGonigal, whose “Find the Future” project inspired this event.