In recent years, the Writers Retreat at Interlochen College of Creative Arts has attracted writers from around the country to study memoir, poetry and fiction, but this summer the curriculum has expanded to include another genre: children’s fiction. To teach the new program, Interlochen will welcome Louise Hawes, a noted author of fifteen books for children, teenagers and adults. Poet James Arthur will also join the faculty for the summer of 2013.
Hawes’ books have earned numerous honors including nominations for the Young Adult Book of the Year and recognition from the Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association. She has lectured at several schools, colleges and universities, served as John Grisham Visiting Author at the University of Mississippi, writer in residence at the University of New Mexico, and is currently on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
"I love generative workshops, where you produce writing you can take home and run with,” said Hawes. “Of course, at Interlochen, we may have to fight the impulse to take ‘lake breaks’ every few pages--what a splendid setting!"
In addition to the new children’s literature track, the writer's retreat will welcome several returning favorites including memoir writing with Anne Marie Oomen, poetry with James Arthur, and fiction with Patricia Ann McNair. Participating writers will focus on one genre but they will have many opportunities to meet with all retreat participants in large group sessions.
“I'm thrilled to have been invited to teach at the writer's retreat this year,” said James Arthur, who will teach poetry at the retreat. “The Interlochen campus is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and all year round, it's rich with artistic creation; I just can't imagine a more inspiring or more welcoming environment in which to write.” Arthur, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, is also a recipient of the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. His poems have appeared in "The New Yorker," "The New Republic," "Poetry," "Ploughshares," and "The American Poetry Review," and his debut poetry collection is available from Copper Canyon Press as a Lannan Literary Selection.
Writers will spend four days writing new material in the genre of their choice and attending craft talks and evening readings by award-winning faculty. Through the retreat, writers will learn to sharpen images, improve dialogue, deepen metaphors and grow in styles and voices of their own.