Writers Who Are Going Places Start at Hollins: Creative Writing

For rising 9th-12th-grade girls:

Sunday, July 17 – Saturday, July 23, 2022

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: $1,050
Day (9 am – 5 pm): $500

Jordan HumphreyJordan Humphrey

  • Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A. in English) and Hollins University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing).
  • Writing consultant at Grace Church School
  • Public health coordinator at Yale University, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity

Throughout the last decade, Jordan has worked with high school and college students, both in the classroom and beyond. He taught literature and writing at a community college in downtown Manhattan, helped start a therapeutic boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and led wilderness trips through the Utah desert.

Lucy MarcusLucy Marcus

  • Graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Hollins (was a teaching fellow and graduate assistant)
  • Teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Served as the 2019 Writer by Bus Roanoke
  • Essays and stories have appeared in STORY, Kestrel, and other journals.


Sydney TammarineSydney Tammarine

  • Graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Hollins
  • Teaches at Virginia Military Institute
  • Recently served as Writer-in-Residence at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
  • Her essays and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, B O D Y, Pithead Chapel, LIT, and other journals
  • Co-translator of a book of poems, The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile
  • Contributing editor to The Hollins Critic
  • Creative nonfiction/flash fiction editor and director of the Editorial Internship Program at Cleaver Magazine

Her essays and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares, B O D Y, Pithead Chapel, and LIT.  She is the co-translator of a book of poems, The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile. Sydney has led workshops at Hollins University, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, and at various high schools.