Summer Institute : Creative Writing

Jul 6 - Aug 2, 2014   |
4 weeks

Haiku, short story, memoir, magnum opus – it all begins with the written word. Whatever your plot, genre or rhyme, develop and refine the elements of your style in summer workshops led by actively published writers. As the world starves for written content, learn how to get your word out on the street.

The UArts Pre-College Summer Institute Creative Writing program
The exciting and immersive program enables you to experience what college is like, and learn from professional writers and teachers from the University's undergraduate program. Our acclaimed four-week program rewards you with three college credits and the unique opportunity to create your own schedule.

Located in Vibrant Downtown Philadelphia
UArts is footsteps away from world-famous museums, entertainment venues, summer concerts and activities, and opportunities to learn, grow and be inspired to create great art.

As a student here, you'll be respected as an independent thinker and treated in a supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to learn from—and hang out with—other talented students from around the world. And you'll elevate your skills and portfolio to a new level, whether you've set your sights on one of the nation's premier art colleges, or you're still trying to figure it all out.

WE INVITE YOU TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at this program, read about our exciting faculty and curriculum, and learn more about what you can achieve in the Pre-College Creative Writing program.

NOTE: All information currently reflects the 2014 program. Please check back soon for information on the 2015 program.

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In addition to the major workshops, each themed week includes activities and electives related to that genre.

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At the end of four weeks, you will share your work at a public reading and publication in a professionally designed student magazine.

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Tuition + Admissions

Rising juniors and seniors in high school are welcome to apply to the Creative Writing Program.

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Classes are taught by published authors and poets who are also members of the Liberal Arts faculty.

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Apply Now

Download our application and send in your materials to the Pre-College Summer Institute.

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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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Housing + Meals

Students stay in apartment-style residence halls, with meals served at various on-campus dining facilities.

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Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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Summer Institute Open House

Join us on Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4 pm to learn about our Pre-College Summer Institute.

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Important Dates + Policies

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

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View our 2014 Summer Institute brochure and application form.

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Learn more about tuition discounts, how to make a payment and our Student Code of Conduct.

For Accepted Students

Download forms, access the portal and find other information for accepted students.

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