August 11, 2000

A Day With Noted Hispanic Writer Patricia Santana

Middle school students participating in the Summer Writing Academy at the University of California, San Diego got professional advice from noted Hispanic short story writer Patricia Santana recently when she visited a program classroom session.

Photo by Andrew Kagan
Author Patricia Santana gives creative writing advice to middle school students participating in the Summer Writing Academy.

In addition to offering tips on improving creative writing skills, Santana, whose stories have appeared in various literary publications, read passages from her forthcoming novel "Motorcycle Ride on a Sea of Tranquility," a story about several adolescent coming in age in San Diego. Santana is also a Spanish instructor at Cuyamaca College, San Diego.

The Summer Writing Academy, sponsored by UCSD's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) includes participants from San Diego, Imperial Valley and Los Angeles. During the one-week program (rotated over four weeks), 100 students learn and practice various forms of written expression — from storytelling and creative writing to journaling and scientific research paper writing. During the program, students live in dormitories on campus at UCSD.

The program is one of four major summer educational initiatives sponsored this year by EAOP for middle school and high school students.

For more information on these and other EAOP educational enrichment programs, contact the EAOP office at UCSD, 858-534-4250.

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