This conference is for you.
If you’re a high school student who loves writing poetry, arguing politics, or composing epic threads on Twitter, this annual conference is for you. If you’ve dreamed about journalism, law, nursing, or working for your city, and want to know how people in those professions use writing every day, this conference is also for you.
In the morning, choose from sessions on poetry and performance, legal argument, writing for the web, news reporting, and more, all in the historic Writers House on the Rutgers-Camden campus. Take a break for lunch, then show us your chops: by yourself or with a friend, present a poem, story, rap, essay, or other piece of writing at our afternoon slam.
The first Rutgers-Camden High School Writers Conference was held April 13, 2018. Presented by the Writers House and the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University-Camden.
8:40 am – Arrival and Check-in
9:00 am – Poetry and Performance
10:00 am – Writing Legal Arguments
11:00 am – Graphic Narratives
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 pm – Afternoon Slam
3 pm – Buses home
Telling Long True Stories
Writer Emma Eisenberg, author of the forthcoming The Third Rainbow Girl, will discuss the research and writing practices she uses for long-form journalism. Students will get the chance to explore: what’s a story you’ve wanted to tell that seems like it has a lot of moving parts? How do you know what questions to ask and who to talk to in order to get the whole story?
Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, Tin House, VQR, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, AGNI, and others. She lives in Philadelphia where she co-directs Blue Stoop, a hub for the literary arts. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl, will be published by Hachette Books in 2020.
Priya Huq is a cartoonist and illustrator whose debut graphic novel comes out in 2020. She’s had work in The Nib, Secret Loves of Geeks, and the Dirty Diamonds anthologies.
Sample Sessions (2018)
Writing for the Web: Make It Snappy
How to participate
Students should have a parent or guardian sign the permission slip below and return it to Ms. Ally Barajas by April 19, 2019.
Want to bring an entire class? Want more information about this year’s program? Contact us at 856-668-4980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.