2 Weeks / Noncredit

Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry

Watch as Chris talks about his experience in the Creative Writing class.

Sat. July 28 & Sun. July 29 Mandatory Move-in & Orientation 

Class runs July 30 – August 10, 2018 

Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry is offered in conjunction with Syracuse University’s acclaimed Creative Writing Program. This popular summer program for high school students provides extensive practice in the writing of poetry and fiction through peer and teacher feedback, exposure to great literature, and helpful revision and editing techniques.

The 2-week program focuses on grounding students in the essentials of poetry and fiction writing. Instruction is equally divided between the two disciplines: fiction and poetry. Students build a portfolio of creative work through in-class and out-of-class exercises, modeling, and workshop. Award-winning authors are invited to give guest lectures and respond to student work. The class culminates in a public reading.

The sessions are designed to foster a sense of the individual voice of the student and to teach the building blocks of fiction and poetry through imitation of models. Narrative, voice, description, characterization, dialogue, image and metaphor, forms of poetry, and techniques of revision are explored. Students are instructed in all the stages of completing a creative work, including the generation of ideas, drafts, revision techniques, and editing.

About Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program

Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program is a close-knit community of writers committed to addressing the challenges of the literary process. The MFA program is the crown jewel of Syracuse University’s English department and concentrates on the craft and quality of literary writing.

During its nearly 50-year history, the Creative Writing Program has produced an outstanding array of writers whose work has been published by major presses and magazines and has won prestigious awards. Distinguished faculty include George Saunders (winner of the MacArthur “Genius” grant), Mary Karr, poet and bestselling memoir author, Michael Burkard, Arthur Flowers, Brooks Haxton, Christopher Kennedy, Bruce Smith, Dana Spiotta, and Jonathan Dee.  Graduates include Tom Perrotta, Jay McInerney, Larry Levis and Claire Messud. Recent graduates are M.T. Anderson G‘98, Rebecca Curtis G’01, and Phil LaMarche G’03 and Adam Levin G ’03.

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.
For more information about SU’s Creative Writing Program visit our web site.

Instructor Bio:

Anastasia Selby (fiction) 

Anastasia Selby grew up in the Pacific Northwest and worked as a wildland firefighter for eight years before returning to complete her undergraduate. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2015, Summa Cum Laude with Honors. She is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction, and her stories and nonfiction have appeared in Vice, Vox, Specter, The New Ohio Review, and Ardor Literary Magazine. She was recently awarded the Boulevard Prize in short fiction from Boulevard Magazine. Anastasia is an engaged teacher who enjoys connecting on a personal level with her students and wants to help them learn to create and shape good stories in the genres they prefer. She values diversity and makes sure all of her students feel accepted and included, both in the culture of the classroom itself and in the content she teaches. Her reading lists are eclectic and each stories varies wildly from the next. She is most interested in being the conduit through which her students can develop a deeper connection to themselves, their fellow students, and the stories they want to tell.

Emelie Griffin (poetry)

Emelie Griffin was raised in the Florida panhandle and has lived, worked, and studied in Michigan, California, Oregon, Sénégal, and Italy. She received her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 2006. As an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, she taught classes on composition and contemporary literature, served as Art Editor and Poetry Editor for Salt Hill, and was awarded the Leonard Brown Prize for Poetry. Her ambition as a poetry teacher is to help students let go of the fixed rules belonging to other kinds of writing, encouraging them to question, experiment with, and deepen their relationships to language.