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Creative Writing Camp this Summer

Who We Are

The Etowah Valley Writers Institute is a program dedicated to nurturing the growth of writers through a variety of creative writing genres. Our courses introduce students to foundational concepts of poetry, screen-writing, and personal narrative. These courses allow them to discover their unique writing voices under the guidance of experienced and dedicated faculty in Reinhardt University’s English department.

2015 Offerings

The Etowah Valley Young Writers Institute will be two week-long sessions from which students can choose to participate in four unique workshop-style courses, including: Personal Narrative, Poetry, and Screen-writing. All courses will be taught by Reinhardt faculty with proficiencies in those subject areas. Each week will culminate on Friday night with a reading for parents and an award for the week’s top writers. An anthology of all students’ work will be created and available in e-book or print form.  Announcement for 2015 offerings will occur in late Fall 2014. Register early because seats are limited.


Dr. Donna Coffey

Dr. Donna Coffey

Donna Coffey is a Professor of English at Reinhardt University in Georgia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and her MFA from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.  

Donna’s chapbook Fire Street was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012 and her poems have appeared in Calyx, qarrtsiluni, The Honey Land Review, Prime Mincer, and The Comstock Review. She was a finalist in the 2011 Prime Mincer Poetry Contest and received an Honorable Mention in the Whispering Prairie Press 2011 Writing Awards and Special Merit Recognition in the 2011 Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest.

Kerry Burke

Kerry Burke Kerry Burke has been teaching English at Reinhardt University since 2013.  She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 1995 and a M.F.A in Business & Professional Writing from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2012. In 2010, she was a featured student writer at the Decatur Book Festival, the largest book festival in the southeast, and has been a contributing and feature writer for The Connector newspaper and SCAN magazine.  In the summer of 2013, she published her first book We Are Camp Shady Brook, a creative non-fiction/memoir about a historic mountain property in Colorado.  She is also a member of the English Writer’s Association and the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Ashton Hibbs

Ashton Hibbs Ashton Hibbs studied undergraduate English at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and received her Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her work has been published in The Echo Literary Journal, River Region Magazine, and through the UAB Press. Currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Reinhardt University, she also teaches high school literature and occasional creative writing workshops for high school and middle school students. Her passion is helping young adults overcome obstacles and develop their voices through fiction.

Laurence Stacey

Laurance Stacey Laurence Stacey lives in Marietta, Georgia, and is an English Instructor and tutor at Reinhardt University. His educational background includes an MA in Professional Writing, with an emphasis on poetry and technical writing. Although he studies several poetic genres, his primary interest and specialty is classical and contemporary Japanese poetry. Laurence is a board member of the Georgia Writers Association and is interested in incorporating poetry into high school and university curriculums.

Laurence’s poetry has been featured in Prune Juice, Simply Haiku, Tinywords, The Heron’s Nest, and several other journals. His book reviews have also been published in Flycatcher. Laurence is the coeditor of Haiku News, a journal dedicated to engaging sociopolitical events through haiku, tanka, and senryu poetry.