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Great Summer Creative Writing Programs for High School Students

Opportunities for Lovers of Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Non-Fiction

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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 five 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

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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. Learn more.

Alfred University Creative Writing Camp

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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. Learn more.

Summer at Georgetown Creative Writing Institute

Georgetown University
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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. Learn more.

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

Sarah Lawrence College, Westlands
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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. Learn more.

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

Sewanee, University of the South
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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. Learn more.

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