Creative Writing Summer School at Oxford

Teja Dupree Start Date: Nov 21, 2016 - End Date: Jul 8, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Exeter, United Kingdom

My Travel Story

by: Teja Dupree Start Date: Nov 21, 2016 - End Date: Jul 8, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
Hello! My name is Teja Dupree and I’m a second year student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This campaign is to help me save money/ fundraise to attend the Oxford University 2017 Creative Writing Summer School. The program is a 3-week long, intensive course of study where I will have to opportunity to 1) hone my skills as a writer, 2) work with a group of eager, ambitious, and motivated writers like myself, and 3) participate in scholarly discussions with established authors, agents, editors, and the other well-read.

Why help me? While at University, I am also a Sales, Marketing, and Rights Assistant at Johns Hopkins University Press; and an Applications Consultant at a start-up consulting company called CollegeVine. Since August, I have saved a total of $1800 (you’ll notice that this number will continue to increase as the campaign goes on). Costs for the program seem to keep growing and growing (initial program cost, transportation, Hopkins added tuition); however, I believe in the end it’ll be a valuable experience. I have known that I wanted to work in the Literary Industry since I was 13.
I attended a Fine and Performing Arts high school in order to study creative writing. For four years, I had the opportunity to improve my skills in poetry, familiarize myself with nonfiction, and venture into the genres of fiction and script. The strong foundation I was able to gain from the program, convinced me to study writing in college. Now a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, I major in Writing Seminars (a fancy name for creative writing).

Attending the Creative Writing Summer School is step 4 out 7 for me.
1. Make it into Hopkins (Writing Seminars major)
2. Get a job (perhaps doing something related to editing/ publishing)
3. Join a literary magazine
4. Study abroad in England (to do the summer before junior year)

After (hopefully) making it into the program (I will know by the beginning of February), I will be well on my way to achieving my goals. *If it happens that I am not accepted to participate in the program, there are various other backup programs that I will gladly pay to attend (these are all less exclusive and do not require an application though). Even the smallest donation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Teja Dupree
  • Exeter, United Kingdom