Summer Institute : Creative Writing

July 13 - August 8, 2015
|    4 weeks 
|     3 college credits


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The Goods

Writing takes more than paper and pencil or an open laptop. You need to have something to say, a story to tell, and most importantly, you need your own voice to tell it. In the Summer Institute Creative Writing program you’ll spend four weeks with professional writers and teachers who are passionate about expanding your range and helping you hone in on your unique voice as a writer. You’ll study fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and playwriting in a workshop setting that allows you to be a writer, editor, reader and critic while gaining a better understanding of your craft from the inside out. Develop critical vocabulary, identify connections in your work and the work of your peers, and generate new pieces that will broaden your portfolio. Use new skills to refine and publish work in a collaborative zine and a group journal. And, since collaboration leads to inspiration, you will also take an elective in Art, Media + Design to explore other artistic processes. We’ll make your voice stronger, what you say is up to you.

The Extras

  • Workshops in: Editorial Practices, Writing for Comics, and Writing Dialogues 
  • Visiting guest writers
  • Collaboration with artists in other fields
  • Field trips throughout Philadelphia to generate writing prompts
  • Publication in a collaborative zine and journal 

The Show

At the end of the four weeks you will share your work with family and friends during a public reading.

The Takeaway

You will emerge from the program as a fluent writer with a comprehensive writing portfolio, new friends and mentors, three college credits and a new-found self confidence in your writing skills.

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

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

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