ECTC announces Summer Creative Writing Academy


Please join us for a six-day summer creative writing academy held at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (ECTC). The academy will be held June 20-23, and June 27-28.

June 20-23: We will explore the techniques, structure, styles, and themes from engaging and exciting authors, such as Pablo Neruda, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carole Oates, and William Carlos Williams. Participants will be led through a number of creative writing prompts and exercises, resulting in their own original creative works, which will be published in an anthology.

June 27 and 28: Participants will collaboratively workshop one another’s works and identify the strongest pieces to be published in the anthology. The summer academy will culminate with a celebratory public reading of the participants’ chosen works. Each participant will receive a professionally published copy of the anthology.

To honor the creative and peer-review processes, academy class size will be a maximum of 15 high school-aged students. Snacks will be provided during the two-hour long sessions.

The Heartland Review asks for a donation of $60 for the academy. Donations will be applied toward food, supplies, and publishing costs associated with the anthology. Participants will have the opportunity to become members of the Heartland Review’s Creative Writing Club and encouraged to practice their craft and workshop with other local writers and attend readings at ECTC.

All activities will be led and coordinated by Mick Kennedy who holds an MFA from Murray State University, teaches creative writing for ECTC, has several publications, and is the editor of The Heartland Review. The academy will take place in ECTC’s library from 1-3 p.m. The place and date for the reading will be determined later.

To register, send check or money order and registration form to:

The Heartland Review

Attn: Sandi Howard

600 College Street Road

Elizabethtown, KY 42701

For more information, contact Mick Kennedy (270) 706-8407 (email or Katie Meyer (270) 706-8443 (email


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