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Looking for summer creative writing programs for high schoolers

Hey everyone! I'm a junior, and I am really passionate about creative writing. I'm wondering if any of you know about summer creative writing programs specifically for high school students? Also, what should I look for in a program and are there any affordable options out there?

7 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're interested in exploring your passions through a summer creative writing program. There are many fantastic programs available specifically for high school students, ranging in focus, duration, and cost. Some well-known options include:

1. Iowa Young Writers' Studio: A prestigious two-week program at the University of Iowa where you can take part in writing workshops, craft discussions, and a read-and-critique workshop.

2. Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop: This two-week program at Kenyon College offers small workshops with a focus on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. You'll participate in discussions, craft sessions, and even have the chance to attend readings by esteemed authors.

3. Sewanee Young Writers' Conference: Held at Sewanee The University of the South, this two-week program combines small-group workshops in fiction, poetry, or playwriting, with a series of presentations by professional writers.

4. California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA): This four-week program in Valencia, CA offers workshops in creative writing among other arts disciplines. You can explore various genres and build your skills as a writer.

When evaluating programs, consider these factors:

- Focus: Make sure the program offers workshops in the genre(s) you're passionate about, whether it's fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or a combination.

- Faculty: Research the faculty who will be teaching the workshops. Look for experienced and published writers/educators who can offer valuable mentorship and feedback.

- Workshop size and structure: Smaller workshops often allow more individualized attention, so make sure to inquire about class sizes and how much time will be spent in workshop discussions.

- Networking opportunities: The program should offer opportunities to connect with other young writers, as well as professional writers and teachers.

- Cost: While some programs can be expensive, there are more affordable options and even some that offer scholarships or financial aid.

Be sure to explore each program's website for application deadlines, cost, and scholarship opportunities. You may also want to check with local universities, community colleges, and libraries for any summer writing programs they might offer. Good luck on finding the perfect program, and happy writing!

7 months ago

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