Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop

adalongThe Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a 3-week workshop for high school students. The Workshop is sponsored by the UAB English Department in collaboration with the UAB Honors Program. The Workshop is named in honor of Dr. Ada Long, founding director of the UAB Honors Program, Professor of English, and lifelong advocate for community outreach, the value of a liberal education, and the enduring significance of literature. Download the brochure (pdfpdf) or follow these links for more information:

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General Information

  • Participants: The workshop is designed for high school students interested in creative writing for personal enrichment, as preparation for university work in creative writing, and as an introduction to creative writing as a career field. Up to 30 students—rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—can participate. Students are accepted by application.
  • Dates: June 2-20, 2014
  • honorsLocation: the Spencer Honors House, UAB campus; the workshop is a non-residential daycamp.
  • Cost: $800 without college credit, $1290 with one hour elective college credit. Financial aid is available for 25 students with documented financial need.
  • Faculty: The faculty of eight instructors have extensive teaching and nationally renowned publication experience (low student-to-faculty ratio). Get more information about the faculty.
  • Financial Support: Seed money was personally contributed by the members of the English Advisory Committee. Supplementary support has been generously provided by the Office of Student Affairs, the UAB Honors Program, and the College of Arts and Sciences. This year, additional scholarships are available from the Jimmie Hess Creative Writing Scholarship Fund.


Application Procedures

  • Students can apply by downloading the Application Packet or by requesting a packet from the program director.
  • The application requires a 3-5 page sample of student creative writing (in any form or genre).
  • Download the Application Packetpdf for the student application and elective credit application.
  • Students applying for financial aid must include a letter on school letterhead from an English teacher or high school counselor attesting to the student’s financial need.



  • May 1—Student Application due
  • May 10—Students notified of selection
  • May 20—Student confirms enrollment


Curriculum and Schedule

Instructional activities include directed writing exercises, small group/workshop discussion of students' work, individual conferences with instructors, and related enrichment activities.

Students will take three week-long workshops: one in poetry, one in fiction, and one in the students' choice of other genres (e.g., playwriting, writing for children, magazine production, memoir, etc.). In each workshop, they will draft, critique, and revise complete, original works.

Program is in session 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch provided.

9:00–10:00 Directed writing exercises
10:15–12:00 Small group writing workshops
12:00–12:30 Lunch (provided each day)
12:30–1:30 Free writing time and individual conferences with instructors
1:30–3:30 Enrichment activities

Enrichment activities will include

  • field trips and programs at such sites as the Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Sloss Furnace;
  • readings and presentations by the workshop faculty, UAB student writers, and  visiting authors and performers;
  • exploration of publication opportunities in Sanctuary, the journal of the UAB Honors Program, an anthology of work exclusively by program students, and other publications; and
  • opportunity to read publicly from their work in program's closing sessions.



Tina Mozelle Braziel, a 2013 Allison Joseph Poetry Award Finalist, earned her MFA in poetry at the University of Oregon. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Jellybucket, Santa Clara Review, PMS poemmemoirstory, StorySouth and the anthology, Family Matters: Poems of Our Families.

Daryl Brown is a graduate of UAB. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. His novel manuscript was a finalist for the 2002 Bakeless Literary Prize. He has also published nonfiction in Creative Nonfiction, UTNE Reader, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2007.

Shelly Stewart Cato is currently finishing her Masters in Creative Writing at UAB. She is managing editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and was poetry editor of PMS poemmemoirstory 2012. She attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2010 and 2011 and has volunteered with Desert Island Supply Company, Birmingham's non-profit creative writing venture for kids. She worked with the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop in 2012 and is already looking forward to seeing faces from last year and greeting new ones.

M. David Hornbuckle’s fiction and articles have appeared in more than 40 publications in print and on the web. His novel Zen, Mississippi was published by Tritone Media in 2010. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Salvation of Billy Wayne Carter. He is the founding editor of a literary magazine, Steel Toe Review, and he lives in Birmingham and teaches English at UAB.

Ashley M. Jones is a James L. Knight Fellow and poet in the Creative Writing MFA program at Florida International University. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and her poetry has been published in Aura Literary Arts Review, Sanctuary Literary Magazine, and the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy. She currently serves as the Official Poet for the Little Free Libraries Initiative in Sunrise, Florida, where she teaches poetry workshops to elementary and high school students.

Rusty Rushton has published poetry in more than 30 literary journals from the Paris Review in New York to the Berkeley Poetry Review in California. At UAB he is Associate Director of the University Honors Program, where he teaches courses in literature and interdisciplinary humanities.

Adam Vines is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. He has published work in Poetry, Southwest Review, Barrow Street, 32 Poems, North American Review, Cincinnati Review, among others. His collection of poetry is The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012). He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and during the summers, he is on staff at SWC. He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and UAB. The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded him a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship.

Brandy Yates is a graduate of the UAB Honors Program. Her short fiction has been published in PMS poemmemoirstory, The Mayo Review, Aura, and Sanctuary and is forthcoming in Gertrude Journal. Two of her fictional chapbooks were recently recognized in press competitions, "Everyday Magic" by Gertrude Press and "The Choking Vine" by RopeWalk Press.



Contact Information

For more information:

Tina Braziel, Director

Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop

Department of English/HB 205

1530 3rd Avenue South

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL 35294-1260


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