Purchase Area Writers Workshop (P.A.W.W.)

Purchase Area Writers Workshop

Workshop Dates: June 9-15, 2019

Are you a young writer bitten by the creative bug? The Purchase Area Writers Workshop at Murray State offers talented high-school writers (grades 9-12) a chance to have a fun and exciting summer experience while also getting a real taste of the sophisticated, vibrant, and life-altering educational experience that is college. Make friends from all over the region and learn from experienced and published Murray State faculty. The classroom environment is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive as a writer, and the residential life is full of exciting excursions and activities. You get three meals a day in the University dining hall, and sleep in University dormitories (supervised by responsible resident advisors). You will also have access to the university’s swimming pool and fitness center and, of course, there will be plenty of extracurricular events such as film screenings, student readings, and other fun and relaxing activities.

Courses Offered

Dr. Carrie Jerrell
Ekphrastic Fantastic
This class will focus on ekphrasis: writing that responds to other works of art (painting, photography, film, music, etc.). Students will visit the Clara Eagle Gallery for inspiration and, if time, collaborate with students and/or faculty from the art and music camps to create an ekphrastic work of their own. 

Ms. Evelyn Conley
Two Sides to Every Poem
Students will examine how poetry and metaphor are made up of both concrete and abstract elements and will begin modeling other poets who have found the appropriate balance between both of these integral parts of metaphor. 

Dr. Sara Cooper
Turning the Monsters Loose: on taking risks and mixing forms in writing
In this workshop, writers will channel Dr. Frankenstein, combining the unexpected (prose and poetry, image and sound) to bring their work to life. 

Dr. Jeff Osborne
Talking Good
This workshop will focus on the difficult task of writing compelling dialogue by analyzing dialogue that works ... and dialogue that does not work.


PAWW Campus Life


The workshop fee is $450 for resident campers. This fee includes tuition, room (double occupancy), board (three meals a day), accident insurance, and most instructional materials. The fee for commuter students is $350, which includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials, and lunch daily.

There are limited scholarship opportunities available. To apply: Have your parent or guardian email the PAWW Camp Director indicating whether you receive free or reduced lunch. Use the subject heading “PAWW Scholarship.” If your parent/guardian prefers, he or she may mail the statement to PAWW Camp Director at: 7C Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071. Make sure a return address is included. These will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis, so apply EARLY.


Jeff Osborne, PAWW Camp Director
7B Faculty Hall


Click here to register onlineThe deadline to register is Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

PAWW Camper Information Packet

Register your vehicle for a free visitor parking permit. 

For information about registration, please contact:
Janeen Winters
Phone: 270-809-3662