2 Weeks / Noncredit

Creative Writing – Fiction and Poetry Program for High School Students

The below information is for Summer 2016. Summer 2017 details will be posted as they become available.

Orientation and move-in for this program is on Sunday, July 31. The program is scheduled to end on Friday, August 12.

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:

  • Residential: $2,509
  • Commuter: $1,665

For more information about SU’s Creative Writing Program visit our web site.