Creative Writing

Grades 9–12

Location: Humanities Building, Room 2033

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.


Typical Day


Craft Talk and Exercise 

Students will focus on the genres of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and writing for the theatre (oneact plays, monologues). We start each day with a lesson focusing on an element of craft (technique): dialogue, description, tone, point of view, plot, revision, etc. Following this, there is an exercise. Students are encouraged to use the daily craft exercise as a point of departure for generating their own pieces.


Students may bring lunch, which can be refrigerated. They eat lunch with staff on campus grounds or - Students may purchase lunch at the cafeteria on campus



Writing Period & Group Writing Prompts, Games, and Exercises 

During the writing period, the lead instructor and the teaching assistants will be on hand to offer one-on-one assistance and feedback.

In the afternoon, students participate in activities which are intended to foster creativity and spontaneity within the individual and the group

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Creative Writing Workshop can be combined with the Acting Intensive, Theatre Design/Technology Intensive (new!), Filmmaking Institute, Advanced 3D Game Design with Unity, Code Your Own Adventure and Drone Quest, Vocal Intensive, Modern Journalism, STEM Scholars: Art Forensics (new!), or the Songwriting Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session III: July 23–August 3
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 4, 2018)

About the Instructors