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2021 Summer Writing Program

The “Where I’m From”: Summer Writing Program is offered by Ohio University Southern at no cost to participants. This workshop is designed to instruct participants in the art of creative writing and expression. Based around George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From,” participants will write their own version as either a poem or a flash-fiction piece. Facilitators will coach students on proper poetry and fiction techniques to foster a community of creative writers. Participants will be asked to present their final draft in a virtual Writer’s Theater Zoom Live Event.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Classify various genres of short fiction and poetry
  • Illustrate familiarity with diverse professional writers’ styles and voices in fiction and poetry to develop one’s own individual style
  • Appraise self and group work through workshopping, analysis, and critique
  • Write a short work of creative writing that will be performed during the Virtual Writer’s Theater Zoom Live Event


June 24-June 28, 2021, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Live Writer’s Theater: July 1, 2021 at 6 p.m.


This workshop is intended for the following population: high school juniors, high school seniors, college students. The maximum number of total participants will be capped at 25 without exception.




About the Instructors

Barbara Biggs lives and works in Appalachian southern Ohio. She is an academic librarian at Ohio University Southern. She has a BA in English, an MLIS from Kent State, and an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Her poems are forthcoming or recently published in Mothers Always Write, Glass, 8Poems, Literary Mama, Ghost City Press, MORIA, and others. She is also mom to two boys and dog mom to a Boston Terrier and a Weimaraner.


Eric Brown is completing his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, where he is focusing on Speculative Fiction. His critical analyses of Stephen King's Misery and "Jerusalem's Lot" were selected to be presented at the 2019 and 2021 Popular Culture Association National Conference. He is currently drafting his thesis, BIND HOUSE, a 60,000-word horror novel.