Summer Institute : Creative Writing

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July 10 - August 4, 2017
|    4 weeks 
|    3 college credits


The Creative Writing program grants you access to published authors, professional editors, and poets who not only expand your range and imagination but share insights and understanding crucial to the editing, pitching and publishing process involved with writing.

Guided writing prompts drive discussion and critique in a constructive, informal workshop-style setting and equip you to tell your own unique story. In addition to core courses, you’ll choose one elective that lets you explore an area of interest or discover new media.

Focusing on one genre per week, you will develop a strong foundation across creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting. Workshops and courses are complemented by visits from nationally recognized writers who share personal advice for unlocking exactly what you’re trying to say.


• Coursework in editorial practices, writing for comics, writing dialogue, and more

• Weekly master classes featuring nationally recognized writers

• Trips throughout Philadelphia to generate writing prompts and inspiration

• Roundtable discussions with Philadelphia’s emerging literary talent

• Small classes with personalized attention from instructors.


• A public reading of your work in the Summer Institute final exhibition

• A substantial writing portfolio

• A compilation of your work included in the Summer Institute Creative Writing Journal

• Detailed evaluations from each of your instructors


Tuition, Dates + Policies

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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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