Summer Institute : Creative Writing

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July 11 - August 6, 2016
|    4 weeks 
|    3 college credits

The Premise
Still looking for your voice, or a chance to discover what life’s really like as a working writer? Find it here.

You love writing. UArts Summer Institute’s Creative Writing program grants you access to published writing instructors that not only expand your range and imagination, but share insights and understanding crucial to the editing, pitching and publishing process involved with writing.

By focusing on one genre per week, you  will develop a strong foundation across  creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting. Lectures are complemented by classroom visits from nationally recognized authors who share personal advice for unlocking exactly what you’re trying to say. Guided writing prompts drive discussion and critique in a constructive, informal work-shop-style setting and equip you to tell your own unique story. In addition to core courses, you’ll choose one elective that lets you hone in on an area of strength - or branch out into something new. 

The Perks
>Courses in Editorial Practices, Writing  for Comics, and Writing Dialogue
>Weekly master classes featuring nationally recognized writers
>Trips throughout Philadelphia to generate writing prompts and get inspiration
>Roundtable discussions with Philadelphia’s greatest emerging literary talent 

The Proof
> A showcase of your work in a public reading in a final exhibition.
> A custom writing portfolio
> A publication of your work in a group journal. View the SI 2016 Creative Writing Journal
> Written evaluations from each  of your instructors

Tuition, Dates + Policies

Mark your calendar and learn more about tuition discounts and our Student Code of Conduct.

View Brochure

View our 2016 Summer Institute brochure and registration form.


Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

Student Life + Housing

The University of the Arts' campus is located in Center City Philadelphia and is easy to navigate by foot.

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How to Apply

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