Writing Summer Programs for High School Students
Introductory Information about Writing Programs
There are a variety of summer writing programs available for high school students and teenagers. Whether formal or informal, writing is a skill that can be utilized in many different ways and in many different settings. Writing occurs regularly in public school settings, college environments, and career pathways. Writing is also used to correspond with others, share thoughts, and exhibit creativity. The summer months provide an opportunity for students to enhance their writing skills, explore writing genres, and enjoy the process of writing.
Different Types of Writing in Summer Programs
There are writing summer programs that enable students to explore and engage in different types of writing and there are other programs that focus on a specific type of writing. This gives high school students a chance to consider programs that are more broad nature or those that are more narrowly tailored to a certain type of writing. Writing programs can focus on areas such as poetry, journalism, non-fiction, play writing, essay writing and more.
Writing summer programs provide an opportunity for students to develop their own writing skills in a variety of ways. Depending on the program, students may receive feedback from instructors, work collaboratively with peers, meet and learn from professional writers. Additionally, some programs culminate with students being able to share their work with a support audience.
Pre-College Summer Writing Programs
Writing pre-college summer programs typically take place in a college environment, which enables high school students to gain experience being on a campus. Some pre-college programs enable students to learn from faculty members, explore college majors, and gain insight into the way that writing is used in careers. Depending on the program, students may get a sense of the academic expectations for writing at the college level.
Writing summer programs can be beneficial with regards to improving writing skills, learning about new types of writing, following a passion for writing, and preparing to use writing in a variety of settings.
Examples of writing summer programs include:
- 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)
- Juniper Young Writers Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (learn more on the Massachusetts 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)