• The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program


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    The Bergen County Academies Summer Writing Program offers two-week intensive creative writing courses on fiction and poetry taught by a master BCA teacher and visiting artists. Individuated instruction, group feedback sessions as well as experience in other art forms will coax your writing from inception to revision and provide you a fuller appreciation of writing as an art form.

    Course enrollment will be limited so faculty and guest artists can provide individual attention to your work.

    Classes run on the campus of Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ

     Attendees of this program in past years have won the following accolades:
    - national medals, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
    - finalist, Michelle Obama's Poetry Ambassadors program

    - NJ Governor's Awards in Arts Education
    - gold medal, NJCTE
    - the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
    - Bergen High School Writing contest, short story

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    Richard K. Weems, director and fiction faculty

    Richard K. Weems (program director, Fiction faculty and BCA faculty) holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.  He is a former Director of Creative Writing for the NJ Governor's School of the Arts and was named a Distinguished Teacher of Writing by the National Federation for Advancement in the Arts as well as an Outstanding Educator by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  His students have gone on to MFA programs, publications and editorships, and have won scholarships and national awards, from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to the US Presidential Scholar in the Arts program. He is the author of Anything He Wants, winner of the Spire Fiction Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Cheap Stories eBook series, The Way of It - New and Selected Cheap Stories, Stark Raving Blue, and his latest collection is From Now On, You're Back. His publications include North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Other Voices, The Mississippi Review, Crescent Review, Pif Magazine, The Florida Review, Barcelona Review and The Beloit Fiction Journal.



    $750 for each two-week course

      If you experience any problems with the registration link, please email the program director at ricwee@bergen.org for a registration form.

    Thank you for your interest.