Writing Summer Programs for High School Students
Introductory Information about Summer Writing Programs
Different Types of Writing Experiences in Summer Programs
Developing Writing Skills in a Summer Program
Pre-College Summer Writing Programs
Featured Writing Summer Programs
The Juniper Institute for Young Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This summer program is designed for students who have an interest in writing and the motivation to enhance their writing skills. The program includes workshops that promote student creativity in the areas of fiction and poetry. Students have the opportunity to implement new writing techniques, explore different types of writing, share pieces, receive valuable feedback, and engage in the writing process.
The program is also intended to develop a communal writing environment where students work cooperatively with each other and with the program instructors. During the program, students have a chance to learn and interact with a variety of instructors, including professional writers. In addition, the program enables students to visit interesting sites, engage in literary readings, take part in activities to encourage creativity, and collaborate with peers.
The Juniper Writing Summer Program is residential and there is an application for interested students. There are a limited number of scholarships that may be available. Students are encouraged to get their applications in early.
Participants: The program is designed for high school students who have finished their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.
Learn more: Juniper
The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College
Rhodes is a liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee. The college offers a residential summer writing program for high school students. The program, known as the Summer Writing Institute, is designed for students who would like to enhance their academic skills in the areas of writing, communication, higher-level thinking, literary analysis, and more.
Through this summer writing program, students have a chance to gain insight into college-level academics and preview college life. While writing is a focal point of the program, there is also an emphasis on the cross-curricular relationships between subject areas. As a result, students have a chance to learn about, discuss, and reflect on the way in which writing is utilized across the curriculum.
During the program, students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members and collaborate with peers. Students delve deeply into the writing process to develop their own writing pieces. The program culminates with students completing writing pieces for a college-level portfolio.
Through this residential summer writing program, high school students have the chance to experience college life by staying on the campus, utilizing campus facilities, and participating in extra-curricular activities. There is an application process for this program and there is a limited amount of financial aid available.
Participants: High school students who will be going into the 11th or 12th grade after the summer.
Learn more: Summer Writing Institute
Examples of Summer Writing Programs for High School Students
- Arizona State University Young Adult Summer Writing Program (learn more on the Arizona summer programs page)
- Auburn University Creative Writing Summer Program (learn more on the Alabama summer programs page)
- Kenyon College Young Writers Workshop (learn more on the Ohio summer programs page)
- University of New Hampshire Writers Summer Academy (learn more on the New Hampshire summer programs page)
- Shared Worlds Summer Writing Program at Wofford College (learn more on the South Carolina summer programs page)
- Young Writers Workshop in connection with the University of Virginia (learn more on the Virginia summer programs page)