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Creative Writing Summer Programs

ariaa1123ariaa1123 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
edited December 2013 in Summer Programs
A while ago I was searching the forums for Creative Writing Programs, when I realized just how many threads were basically only about Math and Science programs--so I thought I'd post some info that might help people who were in the same boat as me. (some application dates might be soon approaching or already past, as of now, so do take note of that!!)

For programs that I've attended I go in depth, but otherwise, I'm just listing the info because I don't want to mislead:

**Juniper Institute for Young Writer's (@ UMass Amherst, MA)
Institute for Young Writers

I highly recommend this program--the Pros of the program are almost too many too count--great small workshop settings with really really good teachers (poetry, mixed-genre & fiction workshops--and you can only attend one kind, so basically you are on a track), and there are great readings by amazing writers (James Tate read there--no joke!--and don't feel bad if you have no idea who he is--I didn't either until not too long ago) every night of the program, plus the fact that we are worked pretty hard--from about 9 (or was it 8?) in the morning till past 8, sometimes even 9 at night...The only Con I can think of is that the program is pretty short. The program said the might extend this, but I don't think they have yet.

**Iowa Young Writer's Studio (@ U Iowa, IA)
Iowa Young Writers' Studio

**The Kenyon Review Young Writer's Workshop (@ Kenyon College, OH)
The Kenyon Review ? The International Journal of Literature, Culture and the Arts

**Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (MI)
Interlochen :: Summer Arts Camp :: Creative Writing

**CSSSA Innerspark (@ Cal Arts, CA)
California State Summer School for the Arts
-->I'm applying for this one this year=)

**Center For Creative Youth (@ Wesleyan U, CT)
CCY - Areas of Study

Please add to this compilation if you know of any other good creative writing programs!!!
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  • ns2583ns2583 Registered User Posts: 242 Junior Member

    Check programs’ web sites for qualification requirements, deadlines and fees. Web links were checked and updated in March 2007.

    Alfred University Summer Writing Institutes
    Grades 9-11. 6 or 11 days. Residential. Students are introduced to poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama. (607) 871-2612.

    Bates College Creative Writing Workshops
    Grades 9-11. 1 week. Residential. Young poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers may attend.

    California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark)
    Grades 9-12. 4 weeks. Residential. Students participate in programs in animation, creative writing, dance, music, theater, video and film, or visual arts. Creative writing participants study poetry, short stories, screenwriting, or fiction in depth. A limited number of non-California residents are admitted. College credit available. (916) 227-9444.

    Columbia University Summer Session
    Summer Session : Summer Term : Take a Class : Columbia University : School of Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12. 6 or 9 weeks. Residential. Qualified students may take college-level writing courses such as Structure and Style, Literary Nonfiction Workshop, Free Verse and Poetic Forms, Narrative Forms, and Screenwriting. College credit available. (212) 854-9699.

    Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs
    Summer Programs
    Grades 7 and above. 3 weeks. Residential. In addition to courses in science, math, and the humanities, CTY offers several writing courses, including The Expository Essay, Writing by the Bay, Whodunit?, Approaches to Drama, The Critical Essay, Crafting the Essay, The Crafting of Fiction, The Crafting of Poetry, and The Crafting of Drama. (410) 516-0278.

    Johns Hopkins University Pre-College Summer Programs
    Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins
    Grades 11 & 12. 5 weeks. Residential and commuter. Johns Hopkins offers a variety of academic courses for high school juniors and seniors, including fiction and poetry courses taught by Writing Seminars faculty. College credit available. (800) 548-0548

    Duke Young Writers’ Camp
    Grades 6-11. 2 weeks. Residential and commuter. Students explore fiction, poetry, journalism, and playwriting, and may take courses of their choice such as Mystery Writing, Performance Poetry, and Comedy Writing. (919) 684-6259

    Idyllwild Arts Summer Programs
    Performing Arts School & Summer Arts Program from Idyllwild Arts Academy
    Idyllwild offers programs in creative writing, dance, theater, music, and visual arts for students ages 5-18. Writers age 11-13 may attend a two-week residential Young Writers’ Workshop, and writers age 14-18 may attend two-week residential workshops in fiction, poetry, or playwriting. (909) 659-2171 x365

    Interlochen Arts Camp
    Interlochen Center for the Arts :: Home Page
    Grades 3-12. Residential. Programs in creative writing, dance, music, theater, or visual arts. Writing programs include a four-week Creative Writing Institute for students in grades 9-12, and a four- or eight-week Creative Writing Workshop for students in grades 6-9. (231) 276-7472

    Iowa Young Writers’ Studio
    Iowa Young Writers' Studio
    Grades 10-12. 2 weeks. Residential. Students study fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and dramatic writing with graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. (319) 335-4209

    The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers’ Workshop at Denison University
    English Home - Denison University
    Grades 10-12. 8 days. Residential. Students make connection among various writing modes and genres, participate in conferences, attend readings and workshops, and contribute to an anthology of student writing. (740) 587-6565

    Kenyon Review Young Writers
    The Kenyon Review — The International Journal of Literature, Culture and the Arts
    Ages 16-18. 2 weeks. Residential. Participants write stories, poetry, personal narratives, dialogues, reflective passages, and experimental pieces, in addition to analyzing short works by established authors. (740) 427-5207

    New England Young Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College
    Grades 10 & 11. 4 days. Residential. Students participate in both formal and informal writing activities in the relaxed, rural setting of Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus. (802) 443-3071

    Pratt Institute Precollege Program
    Pratt Institute / ccps-precollege
    Grades 10-12. 4 weeks. Residential and commuter. Students concentrate on art, design, architecture, or creative writing. College credit available. (212) 647-7199

    The Putney School Writing Program
    The Putney School Summer Programs, Putney, Vermont
    Ages 14-17. 3 weeks. Residential and commuter. Participants explore essay writing, fiction, nature writing, memoir writing, journal writing, poetry, journalism, and graphic arts. (802) 387-6297

    Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference
    Sewanee Young Writers' Conference
    Grades 9-12. 2 weeks. Residential. At Sewanee College in Tennessee, students attend workshops led by accomplished younger writers, attend readings by well-known writers, and participate in discussions with Sewanee professors. (931) 598-1541

    Duke University Ghost Ranch Creative Writing
    Duke TIP Summer Programs
    Grades 10-12. 2 weeks. Residential. Students reside in a remote desert region in New Mexico to work on their creative writing. (919) 684-3847

    University of Mississippi Creative Writing Institute
    Young Writers' - Writing Project - Educators - Professional Development - Division of Outreach & Continuing Education
    Grades 9-12. 4 weeks. Residential. Students take two college-level writing courses and have the opportunity to meet published writers. College credit available. (601) 232-7621

    University of Virginia Young Writers’ Workshop
    Grades 9-12. 2 or 3 weeks. Residential. Participants study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and songwriting. (434) 924-0836

    Wesleyan University Center for Creative Youth
    Grades 9-12. 5 weeks. Residential. CCY offers programs in creative writing, dance, filmmaking, music, theater, and visual arts. Students in creative writing work on fiction, nonfiction and poetry and produce a literary magazine.

    Workshops in Writing and Thinking
    Grades 9-12. 2 or 3 weeks. Residential. Participants work on stories, poems, personal narratives, and exploratory essays. Workshops are held at Simon’s Rock College of Bard, MA (Young Writers’ Workshop); St. John’s College, NM (Monte Sol Workshop); Lewis & Clark College, OR (Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking); and Lake Forest College, IL (Lake Forest College Summer Workshop).

    You may have some of these already.
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Registered User Posts: 5,492 Senior Member
    Alpha F/SF/H Workshop for Young Writers
    Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers
    Ages 13-19. 2 weeks. Residential. Cost: $950 with limited financial aid available (but up to full cost). 20 students are selected solely on the basis of a fantasy/science fiction/horror short story submitted. If you write genre, do look into Alpha--it was the best two weeks of my life.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Registered User Posts: 3,814 Senior Member
    Anyone know anything else about innerspark?
  • ca2013ca2013 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    the Iowa Young Writers Studio is a GREAT summer writing program. if anyone wants more info about it PM me...i attended as a rising senior last summer.
    all the instructors and counselors are graduates of the Iowa Writers Workshop, one of the most (if not THE most) prestigious writing programs in the country. so literally everyone you come into contact with is a great writer. the amount of writing you do while you're there varies by class, but the set up of my fiction class was basically this:
    in the morning-- go over a story that we read the night before, discussing one element of fiction and its role in the story (setting, point of view, etc.). our discussions were loose-- i was basically the only person to take notes (just because all the information felt so valuable), and there was no testing of any kind. the discussion basically went wherever we wanted it to. (but not in a lazy "let's talk about some stupid TV show" kind of way.)
    we then had an hour to an hour and a half for lunch.
    afternoons-- we workshopped stories. the night before, we each received 2 photocopied stories written by other people in our fiction class. we were to mark them up and write letters to the authors by the next afternoon. then, in class, we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of both stories. the author of the story was not allowed to talk during this part of the class. after we finished discussing the story's strengths and weaknesses, the author was allowed to ask us questions (what was your impression of this character, what did you think of this, etc.). once the entire discussion was finished, we handed our marked up copies to the author, along with our letters to the author. i looked over all my edited stuff when i got back, and it was so valuable in revising.

    so thats a basic overview of IYWS. it's such a great program. please do let me know if you have any questions about it.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Registered User Posts: 3,814 Senior Member
    ^ I have decided I REALLY want to go to Iowa.
  • ca2013ca2013 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    good choice.
    haha, i was just so blown away by the program. if you have any questions, just let me know. feel free to PM.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Registered User Posts: 3,814 Senior Member
    What program did you do? I'm going out for the creative writing.

    What's a normal day like?
  • FurbyFurby - Posts: 170 Junior Member
    I like how keliaxender posted something about alpha in literally every thread that has anything to do with creative writing.
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Registered User Posts: 5,492 Senior Member
    ^ It is a creative writing workshop. A highly underrated one in my opinion. This thread is titled, "Creative Writing Summer Programs"; in what way is Alpha ineligible for such a category?

    ca2013 has done the same, for instance, talking up the Iowa Studio whenever possible--I think that's fine, because the praise sounds sincere.
  • ariaa1123ariaa1123 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    @musically latin

    totally suggest you to try for Iowa Young Writer's Studio!!

    I would myself but am really going for innerspark this year=P

    in case anyone's wondering tho

    Juniper's program is tied in with UMass Amherst's MFA program's faculty and department--and UMass Amherst's MFA program is definitely top 10 in the nation. (MFAs being the PhD equivalent for creative writing.)

    This is not to say that it is better than Iowa, which I've heard so many wonderful things about (honest to blog) , but to say that if it is a better location for you, etc. etc. it is more than worth considering.

    @ keliexandra: I don't think anyone was trying to say your suggestion of Alpha was insincere=)
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Registered User Posts: 5,492 Senior Member
    Heh, don't mind Furby. He just enjoys mocking me for my love of Alpha.

    Juniper's being taught by Holly Black and Kelly Link! :O Alas, it's not inexpensive either, given the short length.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Registered User Posts: 3,814 Senior Member
    I want to go to Innerspark, but that whole lack of FA for non-Cali students keeps me from going for it, since I can hardly afford the application process itself. :)
  • FurbyFurby - Posts: 170 Junior Member
    My point is that it's unnecessary to spout on about your love for it over and over. No one's going to apply anyway. 'S all I'm saying.
  • KeilexandraKeilexandra Registered User Posts: 5,492 Senior Member
    You can hardly say "no one's going to apply" as if it's a fact set in stone. That's not a true fact in regards to anything. Regardless, if there is a thread begging the question, why not speak?

    musicallylatin: I thought Innerspark was for CA students only?
  • FurbyFurby - Posts: 170 Junior Member
    Judging by the fact that I have yet to see a single response by anyone which even vaguely suggests they have considered applying.
    Also I wasn't referring to this thread. It'd be fine if you just posted it in here. it just gets repetitive when I see the same post in like five threads.
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