Summer Institute : Creative Writing

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Complete Information for Summer 2016 will be available in late November.

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

The Premise
You’re a good writer. But readers - and professors - demand great ones. UArts Summer Institute’s intensive Creative Writing program grants you access to published, practicing instructors who not only expand your range and imagination, but share insights and understanding crucial to the drafting, writing, editing, pitching and publishing processes.

By focusing on one genre per week, develop a strong foundation across creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting. Lessons are complemented by classroom visits from nationally-recognized authors who share personalized tips and tools for unlocking exactly what you’re trying to say. Guided writing prompts drive discussion and critique in a constructive, informal workshop - style setting and equipping you to tell your own unique story. In addition to core courses, you’ll choose one elective, taken across the course of the four week program, that lets you hone in on an area of strength or interest - or branch out into something new. Still looking for your voice, or a chance to discover what life’s really like as a working writer? Find it here.

The Perks

  • Workshops in Editorial Practices, Writing for Comics, and Writing Dialogue
  • Weekly master classes featuring nationally recognized writers
  • Field trips throughout Philadelphia to generate writing prompts and get inspiration
  • Roundtable discussions with some of Philadelphia’s greatest emerging literary talent 

The Proof

  • Showcase your work in a public reading + inclusion in a final exhibition
  • A custom writing portfolio
  • Work published in a group journal
  • Written Evaluations from each of your instructors
  • 3 college credits
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