Ada Long. The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a 3-week workshop that offers a rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience. 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.

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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 — high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors — can participate. Financial aid is available for students with financial need. The faculty have extensive teaching and nationally renowned publication experience.

The 2018 workshop will take place June 4-22 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Apply soon! More information is available below. 


  • The workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn from published authors. Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists, and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience.
  • Limited to just 30 students, the workshop encourages discussion and the exchange of ideas. The small group setting and low student-to-faculty ratio ensure plenty of one-on-one interaction.
  • Students will explore a variety of genres, with one week focusing on poetry and another dedicated to fiction. The subject for the third week is each student’s choice. Sessions on memoir, magazine production, and more will be available.
  • Each week, students will gain professional writing experience, drafting, critiquing, and revising complete original works. All students will be invited to participate in public readings of their work and will be encouraged to submit their work to literary journals and other publications.
  • Every student in the workshop will earn experience and knowledge that will be vital to success in high school, college, and any career. The program will benefit students exploring creative writing careers, those preparing for university work, and others who enjoy writing for personal enrichment.
  • Students can even get a head start on college through the workshop. One hour of elective credit is available.
  • Dates: The workshop is a three-week summer day camp, June 4-22, 2018. Sessions last from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday.
  • Location: Spencer Honors House, 1190 10th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233 (on the UAB campus).
  • Participants: 30 students will be selected to join the workshop. All students will be rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Cost: $800 for the workshop fee, $1,344 for the workshop fee and 1 hour college credit.
  • Financial Aid: Scholarships are available for the workshop fee for students with financial need.
  • Application Form: See "How to Apply."
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. — Directed writing exercises
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Small group writing workshops
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.— Lunch (provided each day)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. — Free writing time and individual conferences with instructors
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. — Enrichment activities:
  • visits to local cultural and historical sites
  • readings and presentations from workshop faculty, UAB student writers, and visiting authors and performers
  • discussions about publication opportunities
  • public readings of student works
  • Tina Mozelle Braziel earned an MFA in poetry at the University of Oregon. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Poetry South, Birmingham Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, and The Raleigh Review, among other journals.
  • 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.
  • Emmett Christolear graduated from UAB with a BA in English and Theatre. As a student he was an editor with Kaleidoscope and Aura Literary Arts Review. He attended Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop for two summers during his formative years and is enthralled to be returning.
  • Alicia Clavell McCall, a two-time winner of the UAB Barkesdale-Maynard Poetry Prize and a Hackney Award winner, has published in venues such as Red Truck Review and Birmingham Arts Journal. Alicia founded, publishes, and edits an annual electronic and print publication: Southern Women’s Review. She is a UAB School of Business faculty member.
  • 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 UAB. He has published poetry in Poetry, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Literary Review, and others. He is author of The Coal Life (University of Arkansas Press, 2012) and According to Discretion (Unicorn Press, 2015), a collaborative poetry collection written with Allen Jih. He has won awards for his teaching from the University of Florida and UAB. He is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, director of the Honors English Program, and faculty advisor for the UAB Fishing Team.
  • Brandy Yates is a graduate of the UAB Honors Program. Her short fiction has been published in 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.
Students must complete and submit an application and writing sample to the director. Download and complete the application or apply online.
  • Students are selected for the workshop based on a writing sample that must accompany the completed application. The writing sample should be three to five pages of creative writing in any form or genre.
  • Students applying for financial aid must attach a letter written on letterhead stationery from an English teacher or high school counselor attesting to the student’s financial need.
For first consideration,
  • Student Applications Due: April 15
  • Students Notified of Selection: May 1
  • Students Confirm Enrollment: May 15
Apply soon!

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For more information, contact:

Tina Braziel, Director
tmharris@uab.edu
Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop
UAB Department of English
Humanities Building 205
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1260
(205) 934-8573