At Gannon University, writer’s colonies and workshops are as much a sign of summer as are lawn chairs and beach umbrellas. This summer tradition takes the form of two camps aimed at nurturing aspiring young writers.

High school students interested in journalism careers can attend a one-week workshop July 8-12 taught by Frank Garland, director of Gannon’s journalism communications program. Garland, a working journalist whose first book, “Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball,” was just published, will call on his more than 25 years of experience with an emphasis on news and feature writing.

The workshop will be limited to 15 students in grades 10-12. The fee is $50.
For more information, call (814) 871-5808 or via email to

A week later, the first of two five-day workshops for young writers in grades 4-12 will be held. The workshops, The sessions, taught by Sally LeVan, Ph.D., professor of English and other Writing Project teachers, will be July 15-19 and August 5-9, and are designed to develop students’ writing process and to produce working manuscripts.

To ensure personalized attention, each session will be limited to 25 students. The cost is $125 per student, and a 20% discount will be offered to members of the Gannon community. Reservations must be made no later than one week before the first day of the session. For more information, call (814) 871-7506 or email Dr. LeVan at

Both programs will be held at Gannon University’s Palumbo Academic Center at 8th and Peach St.