2 Weeks / Noncredit

Creative Writing – Fiction and Poetry

Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 29. Last day of classes is Friday, August 11.

The Creative Writing Session 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 Summer College Creative Writing program focuses on grounding students in the essentials of poetry and fiction writing under the guidance of professional writers associated with our highly ranked Creative Writing Program.  Instruction is equally divided between the two disciplines.   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.

Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program is a close-knit community of writers committed to addressing the challenges of the literary process. The program is the crown jewel of Syracuse University’s English department and concentrates on the craft and quality of literary writing. Students are presented with opportunities to teach in The Writing Program (a separate academic unit, specializing in composition) and in the Living Writers course, featuring prominent guest writers from the Raymond Carver Reading Series.

In addition, students can gain valuable editing and publishing experience through participation in Salt Hill, an award-winning campus literary magazine. 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 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 Bios

Herve Comeau and Anna Mebel

Herve Comeau is a Haitian-American artist.  He received his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University in 2008. In 2009 he went on to attend Cornell Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2013. He is a also a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s prestigious MFA program. His poetry has appeared in Pif, his fiction in Hobart, and more fiction is set to appear in the anthology Time Travel for All of Us.

Anna Mebel is a graduate of the Syracuse University MFA program in poetry. She is the author of the chapbook Eradicate Sex Chemicals! (Dancing Girl Press) and her writing has appeared in Pinwheel, Juked, Potluck Magazine, and elsewhere.