Creative Writing (Poetry)

July 10-22, 2016

Earn 3 college credits
Open to high school students entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2016

This course will enable students to:

  • Explore the art of poetry as both reader and writer.
  • Improve the ability to write with precision and care.
  • Demonstrate, through emphasis on revision, that writing is an ongoing process.
  • Produce creative work in a helpful community of fellow student writers.
  • Improve students' close reading and critical skills.

Early College Creative Writing (Poetry) offers an immersion in the art of poetry writing. Working within a supportive community of fellow writers, you will complete exercises designed to explore and foster aspects of craft, study a range of contemporary and historical poetic models and develop a significant portfolio of original writing. You will explore and experiment with a range of poetic styles, from traditional and exotic forms (such as the sonnet, ghazal and the pantoum) to contemporary free verse. The course will deal with all aspects of creative writing in poetry, from generating ideas and harnessing inspiration through the equally creative process of revision. There will be special appearances by accomplished Maine authors, as well as literary field trips as time and interest allows.  

"What will I do in the Early College Creative Writing (Poetry) Program?"

  1. Complete several original poems in a variety of styles. 
  2. Participate in group workshop.  Much of our class time (about 50%) will be in workshop format. Workshop will consist of instructor-directed discussion of each student’s pieces, focusing on elements of craft and suggestions for revision.
  3. Writing journal. See below for more guidance.
  4. Participation in class exercises and discussion.
  5. Completion of assigned reading and homework.
  6. Class Presentation.
  7. End of course portfolio containing drafts and final versions of your poems.
  8. Participation in end of course poetry reading.

Dorms and UNE Life

The dorms are close to your classes and to the dining hall. Your two weeks on campus will be a good opportunity for you to experience dorm life and living with a roommate. Rooms include two desks and two beds with linens. A dorm counselor/teaching assistant will be in residence with you. Much of your weekday evenings will be spent with homework and on projects, but there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize and explore the area. You will have access to UNE's sports and recreational facilities, including our six-lane pool, weight room, basketball and volleyball courts, and sandy beach! Other leisure activities include movies, campfires and cookouts.

Tuition and Related Fees


  • $1380

Room and board:

  • Housing and Meals: $800
  • Optional Linen Package: $10
  • Commuter Lunches ONLY: $180 

Merit Scholarships

A limited number of highly competitive merit scholarships are available for qualifying students. You should note on your application that you wish to be considered for a partial merit scholarship, and you may add a short statement explaining your need for support, but awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and achievement.

Notifications will be made by May 6, 2016.

How Do I Apply to the Program?

Students entering their junior or senior year in high school in Fall 2016 may apply to the Nature Writing in Maine Program, as well as those entering their freshman year of college in the fall. Fill out the UNE Early College application, and mail it by May 1, 2016, with the $25 non-refundable application fee to:

Attn: UNE Early College Program
University of New England, Decary 144 
11 Hills Beach Road Biddeford, ME 04005 
Phone: (207) 602-2050 Fax: (207) 602-5909