Develop an already-awakened writing interest or improve writing skills over the summer!
Sign in Location: Humanities Building, Room 1054
Young Writers learn essential elements of the writer’s craft—descriptive detail, poetic language, punctuation as craft, and voice—that make personal narrative and nonfiction writing come alive. Students practice close reading and engage in revising their work under the guidance of accomplished instructors. Young Writers is designed to foster creativity and imagination—and to help boys and girls discover and develop their innate gifts and talents. Our instructors are highly imaginative educators, dedicated to making writing an adventure and a lifelong joy.
- Young Writers use the extensive Purchase campus—fields, garden, artwork, museum, and other summer programs—as inspiration for their writing assignments.
- Young Writers share their favorite work in a culminating reading to which friends and family are invited.
9:30 – 10:00 Warm Up Activities/Getting to Know Ourselves as Writers
10:00 – 10:15 Free-writes based on lesson taught the previous day
10:15 – 10:30 Guided genre based direct instruction lessons
10:30 – 11:15 Independent Practice
11:15 – 11:30 Morning break
11:30 – 12:00 Outside explorations/visits to inspire our writing
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Class share/partner work
1:45 – 2:15 Computer time for publishing
2:15 – 2:45 Writers’ celebrations/reflections
2:45 – 3:30 Fun Language Activities
Session III: July 29–August 2 (one week)
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$650 for the first registration
$585 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)
For a well-rounded summer, combine this program with Young Artists, Young Photographers, Young Architects, Young Actors and Performers, Young Journalists, and/or Virtual and Augmented Reality Adventures! to maximize your creative experience.
Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.
About the Instructor
Rachel McCain (lead instructor) was formerly the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Summer Youth and Precollege Programs at Purchase College. She is a writer, editor, and educator whose work and interests span across disciplines. She first joined the college in the fall of 2013 and was appointed a lecturer in 2014. Rachel received an MFA with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she is a candidate for an MEd in English Education at Columbia University.