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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2015 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Creative Writing Institute

Grades 9–12

Creative Writing Institute

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Sign in Location: Natural Sciences Bldg., Rm 1063

Interested in creative writing? Create original work in various genres: fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, and essay. Guided by accomplished, experienced instructors who foster 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 13–August 7
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,200 for the first registration
$1,980 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 8, 2015)

About the Instructors

Alysa Robin Hantgan (lead instructor) conducts writing workshops at various Westchester County locations. Her writing includes short fiction, essays, plays and articles and has previously appeared or is forthcoming in journals and publications.  She represented writers, developed non-fiction television and worked in film at Lifetime Television and Paramount Pictures.  In 2015, she participated as a judge for Scholastic Awards. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and is a candidate for an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Jenna Lynch (Instructor) teaches English at The College of New Rochelle and holds her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Stirring, Sundog Lit, Construction Magazine, Westchester Review, Newtown Literary and Forklift, Ohio. She was recently named a finalist in Cutthroat Journal of the Arts 2013 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and has received fellowships and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony.

Updated Apr. 22, 2015

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Summer Precollege Programs:

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Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Journalism Institute
Minecraft™ Designers &

Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
Summer Percussion Seminar
Video Game Creators &

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Youth Programs
(grades 4–8)

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