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:Lexicon Summer Creative Writing Camp

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Project ended on May 18, at 11:59 PM EDT
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:Lexicon Summer Creative Writing Camp

What is :lexicon?

Created to showcase the creative works of students, faculty, and alumni, :lexicon is Duquesne University’s journal of arts and literature. Since 2005, this student-run publication has been home to the poetry, prose, and visual art of the Duquesne Community. :lexicon works to celebrate the creative presence on campus through hosting open mic nights, book drives, and the annual Duquesne Art Show, along with the bi-annual publication of the journal. Just last year, we were recognized by Center of Student Involvement as the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year (2015-2016) at the Student Organization Leadership and Service Awards.

What is the Duquesne Summer Creative Writing Camp?

This program is a one-week intensive creative writing camp that offers high-school writers the opportunity to hone their understanding of fiction and/or poetry. The camp is directed by John Fried, an associate professor in the English Department and :lexicon’s faculty advisor. Each Summer, John recruits two established authors to guide the campers through exercises, discussions, and workshops, while providing personal feedback on their individual work. At the end of the week, the students design and produce a small journal of the week's work. The journal is released at a public reading for friends and family on the last day of camp.

This camp gives high school students the chance to:

  • Develop their poetry or fiction writing skills with peers who share a similar love of writing
  • Work with and get one-on-one feedback from a published writer in their genre
  • Experience the Duquesne University campus and a college-level workshop
  • Publish their work in a small journal put together as a showcase of the session's most successful writing

Why is :lexicon crowdfunding?

Our editors feel passionately about programs that foster writing and involvement in the creative arts. We also believe that as graduating seniors and recipients of the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award, it is important to give back to Duquesne’s campus community in any way that we can. We hope to use this opportunity to ensure both a successful and accessible program is available for Duquesne’s next generation of writers!

How does this impact :lexicon & The University?

The camp provides members of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts with valuable employment and internship opportunities. Currently, it is run by two members of our organization: John Fried, our Faculty Advisor, and Erin Donahoe, our Editor-in-Chief.  Both recognize the camp as a way of expanding Duquesne’s engagement with the fine arts and facilitating collaboration between faculty and students. The camp is also supplying critical job experience for Erin, who is considering pursuing her masters in education. She hopes to eventually teach writing at a high school level after graduation.

Why do they need donations?

The camp receives some funding from the department, however the majority of the costs are covered by the students’ tuition. Although the cost of attending can be up to $450, the camp does not currently make a profit. Because of this, there is no room in the budget to provide financial aid, and several interested and talented writers have found themselves unable to attend in recent years. Costs of the camp include writing materials for each camper, lunches, and the production of the journal. By off-setting some of the costs associated with the camp, we hope to enhance the experience for the campers, and also offer two scholarships to promising students who inquire about financial aid.

What can you do to help?

Donations of any amount will go a long way, and anything you can give will be greatly appreciated! If you are unable to donate currently, or if you have already donated and would like to continue helping, please feel free to share our campaign on social media or to tell any students you know who may be interested about the camp.

Thank you for your time and considerations! Any questions about this campaign can be directed to Erin Donahoe at

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Provide (1) student with lunch for a day


Notebooks & Supplies

Provide (1) student with notebooks and supplies for the camp


Guest Speaker

Pay for a guest speaker to be part of the camp


Journal Production

Pay for the journal production for (1) student


Returning Student

Cover the entire cost (tuition, materials, lunch) for one returning student to attend the writing camp


New Student

Cover the entire cost (tuition, materials, lunch) for one new student to attend the writing camp

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