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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Creative Writing Institute

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Grades 9–12

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Interested in creative writing? Create original work in various genres: fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, journalism, and essay. Guided by an accomplished, experienced instructor who fosters a supportive atmosphere of productivity and fun, the workshop-style format allows you to share your work and encourages discussions of writing technique and craft, including voice, character, tone, plot, and point of view. Produce polished pieces that can be used for college essays and/or award submissions. The program culminates in a reading to which friends and family are invited and publication in the institute’s online literary journal.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Creative Writing Institute can be combined with Video Game Creators and Animators or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

July 14–August 8
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,165 for the first registration
$1,948.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructor

Theresa Benaquist (lead instructor) is a Scholastic Award–winning teacher ( 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 returns 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. She 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. Chris is a pop songwriter and has been a teacher for the past five years. He brings a passion for narrative storytelling to the Creative Writing Institute.

Updated June 5, 2014

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