The Ultimate Guide to High School Writing Workshops, Programs, & Camps in 2018 / by Peter LaBerge

By Katie Chen, Sarah Feng, Peter LaBerge, and Amelia Van Donsel. 

 

We know how it goes: your friends focusing on STEM areas or sports have already got their summers figured out, and you want to write. But where? And how? And how can I learn—which programs are vanity programs, and which do the work? 

We struggled with this precise set of questions as high school students, so we set out to create this nifty guide for all student writers looking for writing workshops, camps, mentorship programs, and writing studios. Got another camp or two (or seven) in mind? Give us a shout and we'll check it out! 

In the meantime, you may wish to additionally check out our college guide for high school creative writers, as well as our tips for high school teen writers. And with that, we're off!

 

Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program

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Duration: June 24th - August 4th
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Opens for applications on March 1st

(Disclaimer: We are alums of this program.) The Adroit Summer Mentorship Program is definitely worth your attention! A little over a month long, this free, online summer program revolutionizes your approach to writing and consistently pushes you to approach writing and publishing more creatively. Mentors are a range of experienced and flexible professional writers across genres and across aesthetics. The program also provides a number of networking opportunities—with a shared Facebook group and weekly peer reviews, we were introduced to people who would later become our closest writing friends today. 

Overview
Application Guidelines
Sign Up for Application Period Updates


Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writer's Workshop

  Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Duration: July 8th - 28th
Eligibility: Grades 9-11
Deadline: Rolling

Located at the beautiful rural campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, this three-week workshop for young writers encourages students to find unconventional, expressive, and out-of-the-box ways of writing, while encouraging peer review and assigned reading seminars. The low teacher to student ratio –– each session is only 12 students –– also encourages personalized attention.

Overview
Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Between the Lines @ the University of Iowa

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Between the Lines.

Duration: July 14th - 28th
Eligibility: Students aged 16-19.
Deadline: April 2nd for all American applicants

Iowa’s BTL program provides a cultural exchange program for students from the United States, Russia, and Arabic-speaking countries. With an emphasis on world literature and arts, the camp conducts workshops in students’ native languages. Evening and weekend excursions include nature sightseeing and translation events.

Overview
Application Guidelines
Application Portal (for American students –– different process for international students)


CSSSA (California State Summer School) Creative Writing Program

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Duration: July 7th - August 3rd
Eligibility: Grades 9-12; California residents.
Deadline: February 28th

The creative writing program at the California State Summer School is a four-week workshop for Californian high schoolers. CSSSA includes instruction in fiction, poetry, memoir, and dramatic writing, taught by four professional writers. The approximately 70 students the program admits per year are designated California Arts Scholars; upon completion of the program, each is awarded a Governor’s Medallion, California’s highest honor for artistically gifted students. 

Overview
Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Denison University Reynolds Young Writer’s Workshop

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Denison University.

Duration: June 17th - 24th
Eligibility: Grades 11-12
Deadline: March 4, 2018

The Reynolds Young Writer’s Workshop is a residential 8-day workshop for passionate high school student writers. Founded in 1994, it is one of the oldest summer writing camps for high school students in the country.

Overview
Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)

  Duke TIP.

Duke TIP.

Duration: 2 weeks, varies for location/course.
Eligibility: High school students.
Deadline: Varies for location/course.

Duke TIP, located in places such as Costa Rica, New Mexico, North Carolina, and beyond, provides in-depth courses in all different subject matters. In the Fine Arts track, TIP offers Creative Writing Unplugged –– becoming more professional and organized with writing –– and Filmmaking: the Art of Visual Storytelling, a project-based class about visual communication. 

Overview
Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Iowa Young Writer’s Studio

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Iowa Young Writer's Studio.

Duration: June 17th - 30th (Session 1), July 8th - 21st (Session 2)
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Deadline: February 8th (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

The Iowa Young Writer’s Studio, held in the literary hub of Iowa City, is a two-week writing workshop in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. IYWS is highly touted by most young writers; it’s well-known for being very selective with applicants, and is regarded as a top provider of in-person literary community and instruction in teenage literary circles. 

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Interlochen Center for the Arts Creative Writing Summer Program

  Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Duration: June 23-July 14, July 15-August 6
Eligibility: Grades 6-12 (high school and middle school camps are separate)
Deadline: Feb. 1  (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

Hosted in the Writing House, an immersive building constructed specifically for writers, students engage in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting workshops, participate in independent study, and perform at public readings. Also, you’ll be living in a cabin with participants from all the different majors –– music, visual arts, etc. –– and outside of classes, it’s like an art haven; at night, violinists and poets host open mics, and artists are always painting against the serene Interlochen lake. In summer 2017, Interlochen even hosted its own miniature Color Run for campers.

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

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Duration: Many different sessions
Eligibility: Grades 2-6, Grades 7-12
Deadline: March 26th

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. It serves bright learners and their families through our research, advocacy, and counseling, as well as our signature gifted and talented summer, online, international, and family programs. With a few lit-themed classes like Crafting the Essay and The Graphic Novel, you may just find your summer plans here.

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Application Guidelines


Kelly Writers House Summer Workshop @ UPenn

  Kelly Writers House.

Kelly Writers House.

Duration: July 8th - 18th
Eligibility: Students entering grades 11 or 12 in summer 2018.
Deadline: March 4th

At the Kelly Writers House Summer Workshop, students will spend each morning in a personal essay writing workshop led by Penn creative writing instructor Jamie-Lee Josselyn, who also serves as the Director of the Summer Workshop. Over the course of the workshop, students will read and critique one another’s writing as part of the revision process. The goal of this workshop is to provide creative high school students, especially those who have not had similar opportunities, with the chance to dedicate full days to the practice of writing. Students will develop their own work and will read and critique their peers’ writing in a setting similar to an undergraduate writing workshop. There will also be time to explore Penn and Philadelphia with fellow workshop students and program staff.

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop

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Kenyon Review.

Duration: June 24- July 7 (Session I), July 15- 28 (Session II)
Eligibility: High school students aged 16- 18
Deadline: March 1st

Located at Kenyon College, for two weeks student writers are challenged to exploring, reconstructing, and sharing their writing through daily workshops. Since it is also a residential program, students also have the chance to interact with and connect with students who love writing as much as they do. This program is an extremely highly regarded summer writing program, and should definitely be checked out!

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Kundiman Youth Leadership Intensive

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Kundiman.

Duration: July 9th – 13th
Eligibility: Rising 9th grade – 12th grade students who self-identify as Asian American.
Deadline: February 15th (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

Students will read selections from important works of Asian American literature and history and will consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face in the twenty-first century. As a culminating project, they will engage in an oral history/creative writing Kavad project which will bring them in dialogue with their peers and instructors in a highly supportive, fun, and encouraging environment. Throughout the Intensive, they will receive counsel from leading writers, artists, and industry innovators.

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New England Young Writers Conference

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Middlebury/Bread Loaf.

Duration: May 17th – 20th
Eligibility: Grades 9-11.
Deadline: November 29th, 2017 (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

The New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) at Middlebury College's picturesque Bread Loaf Campus is a four day writing-focused workshop for high school students in New England and from around the country. The long weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers. High School English teachers or guidance counselors may nominate up to five students from their school to participate in the conference. Up to two may be selected. 

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD)

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Duration: Three week programs (July 1st – July 20th & July 22nd – August 10th) as well as five week programs (July 1st – August 3rd) are offered.
Eligibility: Many different grade brackets, ranging from Age 3 to Grade 12.
Deadline: First come, first serve. Many programs begin to fill up in mid-March. (Financial Aid deadline is April 16th.) 

Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development provides challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers. The Equinox Program caters to grade 9-12 students. 

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Sarah Lawrence Creative Writing Workshop

  Sarah Lawrence College.

Sarah Lawrence College.

Duration: July 2nd - 7th
Eligibility: Students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

Directed by distinguished faculty members, this program allows high school students to explore writing in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment that values the risks and adventure of the creative process. Each day, participants attend writing and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets, and performance artists. Included in the week are mini-workshops taught by program faculty and guest artists. Rooted in the Sarah Lawrence College tradition of one-on-one interaction, the program offers students the opportunity to meet individually with workshop leaders. Classes are limited to 18 students, with three faculty members per workshop. The program also includes faculty and student readings and a celebration of student work on the final day of the program.

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Application Portal


Sewanee Young Writers' Conference

  Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.

Sewanee Young Writers' Conference.

Duration: July 1st - 14th
Eligibility: Grades 9-11
Deadline: Rolling

Held at the University of the South, the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference is a two-week camp taught by authors recognized by the New York Times and the Oprah Book Club, among other prestigious organizations. Small classes are put in rigorous environments and often go on local excursions, such as hiking in forests which serve as the settings for famous books. SYWC also offers classes in playwriting and songwriting, a rare trait for a high school program.

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Stanford University Summer Sessions

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Stanford Summer Sessions.

Duration: June 23 - August 18, 2018
Eligibility: Current 10th, 11th, 12th, or gap year student.
Deadline: February 15th (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

This one comes recommended from Adroit’s editor-in-chief, Peter LaBerge. The Stanford Summer Session offer high schoolers the chance to take undergraduate-level Stanford courses in fields of their choosing; the creative writing ones, spanning all the major genres, are taught by Wallace Stegner Fellows like Adroit contributors Richie Hofmann, Laura Romeyn, Jacques J. Rancourt, and more. 

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Application Guidelines
Application Portal


Telluride Association (TASS)

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Telluride Association.

Duration: June 24th - August 4th
Eligibility: High school sophomores or equivalent.
Deadline: January 9th (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

For six weeks, 56 rising juniors are able to participate in a college level seminar at either Cornell University or University of Michigan. While it's focused on critical black and ethnic studies, students who love history and social justice, or who want to learn something new, are highly encouraged apply. As someone who has been lucky enough to attend, the six weeks I spent at TASS not only challenged me to rethink my opinions but also provided me with a lifelong community.

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Application Guidelines
 

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)

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The Activist Times.

Duration: June 24th - August 4th
Eligibility: High school juniors or equivalent.
Deadline: January 16th (sign up for our 2019 version below so you don't miss next year's deadline!)

TASP is a program that is perfect for any student who is in love with the tangible act of learning. Rising seniors participate in one of four seminars located at one of three campuses: Cornell University, University of Michigan, or University of Maryland. At TASP, students can expect to meet others who are just as passionate about learning, as well as being intellectually challenged every day.

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UVA Young Writers Program

  UVA Young Writers Program.

UVA Young Writers Program.

Duration: June 24th - July 6th; July 8th - 27th
Eligibility: Rising 9th grade through rising 12th grade with a minimum age 13 by start of session (June 24 - July 6) or Rising 10th grade through rising college freshmen with a minimum age 14 by start of session.
Deadline: March 1st

The Young Writer’s Workshop of the University of Virginia is a nonprofit arts organization established in 1982 as the nation’s flagship program for young writers. Now in its fourth decade, it continues to bring together a community of writers from across the country and internationally with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where teenage writers can live and work together as artists. The faculty of authors and residential staff bring professional experience to the development of new talent. The summer program is located on the idyllic campus of nearby Sweet Briar College where the Young Writers Workshop welcomes its participants to a retreat space where writers commune with each other, immerse themselves in creative activity, and fuel their imaginations through an innovative arts program.

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Katie Chen is a junior at Colonel By Secondary School in Ontario, Canada. Sarah Feng is a sophomore at the Pinewood School in Los Altos, California. Peter LaBerge is the San Francisco-based editor-in-chief of the Adroit Journal. Amelia Van Donsel is a freshman at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York.