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Great Summer Creative Writing Programs for High School Students

Allen Grove is the former director of a program for new college students, a professor of English with 25 years of experience, and a college admissions expert who has been helping students with the college admissions process for a decade.

Updated February 16, 2016.

Summer is a great time to focus on your creative writing. A summer program gives you the opportunity to develop your writing skills, meet like-minded students, and gain an impressive line on your activities resumé. Below you'll find seven excellent summer creative writing programs for high school students. You'll also find a link for telling readers about other worthwhile creative writing programs.

• Emerson College Creative Writers Workshop

Emerson College Borders the Boston Common. kmohman / Flickr Emerson’s Creative Writers Workshop is a five-week program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to develop their writing skills in a variety of media, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting, graphic novels and magazine writing. Participants attend college-level writing classes exploring these genres and write and present their own work, creating a final portfolio of their writing, contributing to the workshop’s anthology and presenting a reading for family and friends. On-campus housing for the duration of the workshop is available. More »

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• Alfred University Creative Writing Camp

Alfred University Steinheim. Photo Credit: Allen Grove This summer writing program introduces rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to many different genres, including poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and drama. Students read and discuss the work of established authors and participate in writing-intensive exercises and workshop sessions led by Alfred University faculty members. Campers stay in university housing and enjoy a variety of recreational activities outside of classes and workshops, such as movie nights, games, and social gatherings. The program runs for five days at the end of June. More »

• Summer at Georgetown Creative Writing Institute

Georgetown University. tvol / Flickr Georgetown’s residential Creative Writing Institute offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience a variety of genres of writing and learn how to publish their own work. The eight-day session covers topics including literary history, writing technique and do-it-yourself publishing. Students participate in workshops, attend readings, experience Washington, D.C.’s literary culture, and take part in peer review sessions to fine-tune their writing skills. More »

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• Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writer’s Workshop for High School Students

Sarah Lawrence College, Westlands. Mr.Scholastic / Flickr This program is a one-week, non-residential summer workshop for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore the process of creative writing in a non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. Participants have the opportunity to attend small writing and theatre workshops led by faculty and guest writers and theatre artists as well as attend and participate in readings. Classes are limited to 15 students with three faculty leaders per workshop to provide individual attention for each student. More »

• Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

Sewanee, University of the South. wharman / Flickr This two-week residential program, offered by Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, provides dedicated rising high school sophomore, junior and senior creative writers an opportunity to develop and polish their writing skills. The conference includes workshops in playwriting, fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction led by celebrated professional writers as well as visiting writers whose works students analyze and discuss. Participants select one writing genre and spend their two weeks attending a small workshop dedicated to that genre, with opportunities for one-on-one contact with workshop leaders. Students also participate in lectures, readings and discussions. More »

• Emerging Writers Institute Creative Writing Camp

Yale University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove Education Unlimited offers the Emerging Writers Institute creative writing camp each summer at Yale University. Stanford University. and UC Berkeley. This two-week residential program for rising 10th-12th graders includes daily workshops, evaluations, peer editing groups, and creative presentations designed to encourage students to challenge themselves as writers and hone their expressive writing process. Each student chooses to major in the writing of short stories, poetry, playwriting or nonfiction, and the bulk of their critical reading and writing exercises and workshopping is devoted to their selected major. They may also attend afternoon workshops on nontraditional genres such as speechwriting, graphic novels, and advertising copy as well as guest presentations by local authors and publishers. More »

• Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

Old Capitol at the University of Iowa. Alan Kotok / Flickr

The University of Iowa offers this two-week summer creative writing program for rising juniors, seniors, and college freshmen. Students choose one of three Core Courses in poetry, fiction or creative writing (a more general course sampling from poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). Within their course, they participate in seminar classes where they read and analyze literary selections and workshops to create, share, and discuss their own writing, as well as large group writing exercises, inspirational outdoor writing excursions, and nightly readings by prominent published writers. Many of the teachers and counselors are graduates of the university's Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the most prestigious creative writing graduate programs in the country. More »

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Course offerings at The Writing Institute include traditional writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, along with specialized classes on topics ranging from social media to grant writing. Many writers who have studied at The Writing Institute have gone on to publish novels, memoirs, children’s books, young adult novels, and more.

Students in The Writing Institute are eligible for the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship at Sarah Lawrence College. an award that gives two recipients a yearlong opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a writing project of their choice.

Since its conception in 1983, the goal of The Writing Institute has remained the same: to help each writer become the writer they want to be.

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The Writing Institute helps individuals grow as writers, regardless of their current skill level or experience. Classes are small—no larger than 12 students—and use workshops to build a collegial community of writers. Through interaction with skilled faculty and students, participants become better thinkers, listeners, and writers.

Writing Institute workshops give students an opportunity to present work for critique and offer constructive critiques of fellow students’ work. Instructors help guide these discussions in a nurturing and noncompetitive atmosphere.

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

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Fiction

“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.” —Leigh Brackett, July 1943

A Short Story Writer’s Workshop
September 21 – December 7

Fiction and the Art of the Scene
October 20 – November 17

Fiction Writing for Beginners
September 22 – December 8

From Start to Finish: Short Story Writing for Beginners
October 17 – November 14

Intermediate Novel Writing—Wednesdays
September 21 – December 7

Intermediate Novel Writing—Thursdays
September 22 – December 8

Make Your Story Work
September 21 – December 7

Microfiction and Nonfiction: The Whole Enchilada on a Single Page
September 20 – December 13

Novel Writing for Beginners
September 22 – December 8

Short Shorter Shortest: The Story
October 19 – November 16

Story Mapping One Day Intensive
October 15

The Plot Thickens
October 19 – November 16

The Writer’s Essential Selves
September 21 – December 7

Writing for Children and Young Adults
September 19 – December 5

Writing Commercial Fiction
October 18 – November 15

Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
September 22 – December 8

Nonfiction

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” — Anne Lamott

From Writing Prose to Publishing Prose
October 18 – November 15

Life Stories: A Writing Workshop for Ages 50+
September 21 – December 7

Microfiction and Nonfiction: The Whole Enchilada on a Single Page
September 20 – December 13

Story Mapping One Day Intensive
October 15

The Essay Workshop
October 20 – November 17

The Power of the Tiny and the Ordinary
October 19 – November 16

The Voices and Research of Creative Nonfiction
October 18 – November 15

The Writer’s Essential Selves
September 21 – December 7

Unlock Your Creative Self
October 22

Writing in the Deep-Memoir Workshop
September 23 – December 9

Writing for Stage & Screen

“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art of the One Act Play
October 19 – November 16

So You Want to Write a Screenplay? Introduction to Screenwriting
October 20 – November 17

Writing the TV Drama Pilot
October 18 – November 15

Publishing & Promoting Your Work

Author Website in a Day
October 8

Digital Marketing for Authors
October 18 – November 15

How to Get Published
October 29

Query Letter Writing
November 19

Youth

“As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be ‘better’ children.” —Beverly Cleary

Creative Writing for Middle School Students (Thursdays)
October 20 – November 17

Creative Writing for Middle School Students (Saturdays)
September 17 – October 15

Creative Writing for High School Students (Thursdays)
October 20 – November 17

Creative Writing for High School Students (Saturdays)
September 17 – October 15

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