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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Precollege Programs in the Arts

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Fall 2014 | Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by August 22.

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens
High school writers create original works of fiction, memoirs, personal essays, poetry, and playwriting under the guidance of an accomplished, experienced instructor. The workshop-style format allows students to write and share their work in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The writers discuss their work in terms of technique and craft, including such elements as voice, character, plot, tone, dialogue, and point of view and produce polished pieces that can be submitted for college essays, awards, publication, and the course’s online literary journal, The Purchase Review.
YTH9470 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructors: Theresa Benaquist and Christopher Inniss
Fri., 5–7 p.m.
Sept. 19–Nov. 21 (7 sessions; no class Sept. 26, Oct. 3 & 31)
Room: Ft. Awesome, Room 0138  (#29 on the Campus Map)


Spring 2015

Costs / Early Registration Discount
In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester. The early registration discount applies to registrations received (paid in full) by January 16.

Creative Writing Workshop for Teens
High school writers create original works of fiction, memoirs, personal essays, poetry, and playwriting under the guidance of an accomplished, experienced instructor. The workshop-style format allows students to write and share their work in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The writers discuss their work in terms of technique and craft, including such elements as voice, character, plot, tone, dialogue, and point of view and produce polished pieces that can be submitted for college essays, awards, publication, and the course’s online literary journal, The Purchase Review.
YTH9470 / noncredit / $300
Discount: $275 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Theresa Benaquist
Fri., 5–7 p.m.
Jan. 30–Mar. 20 (7 sessions; no class Feb. 13)
Room: TBA

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About the Instructors

Theresa Benaquist (lead instructor) is a Scholastic Award–winning teacher (www.artandwriting.org) who teaches creative writing, fiction, biography, and essays at Purchase College. For the past 14 years, she has worked with teens, some of whom have gone on to Columbia, Harvard, Smith, Vassar, and other prestigious colleges and universities. She returned in 2014 to lead the Creative Writing Institute for the fourth year; during the fall and spring semesters, she teaches the Creative Writing Workshop for Teens at Purchase College. Benaquist is a prose editor for the literary journal Storyscape and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Christopher Inniss (instructor) holds a BA from Princeton and an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. He is a fiction writer whose work includes short stories, plays, and musicals. His blog of short stories, The Dark Apologist, has a wide readership and his musical, Written in the Stars, was recently produced at Playwrights Horizons. Inniss, who is also a pop songwriter and has been a teacher for the past five years, brings a passion for narrative storytelling to the Creative Writing Workshop.

Updated Sept. 19, 2014

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