Summer College: New York City – Intro to Creative Writing (ENG 105)

New for 2020! Syracuse University Summer College has expanded its offerings to the New York City area with Summer College: New York City. Open to rising juniors and seniors, this commuter-only program takes place at the Fisher Center, Syracuse University’s academic home in New York City. Note that students must be able to commute to and from the Fisher Center daily for classes.

This three-week, three-credit course is designed to introduce high school students to three types of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn about the craft and skills needed to write effectively in each genre (e.g. narration, significant detail, lyricism, image, metaphor, simile, voice, tone, structure, dialogue, and characterization). Students will read and analyze work by authors from various traditions and produce creative work in each genre.

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*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2020. 

Program Dates
July 6 – 23, 2020

Fisher Center New York City: Located at Madison Avenue and 31st Street

Program Cost
Commuter (only): $2,895*
Discounts & Scholarships may apply

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Program Overview

ENG 105: Introduction to Creative Writing

Summer College students will earn 3 credits for ENG 105 Introduction to Creative Writing. This program is for commuters only. Students can expect a hands-on experience as they gain an understanding of the three types of creative writing through classroom teachings and field trips. Field trips are organized in order to take advantage of the exciting location of New York City. Potential field trips may include visiting The MoMA, Poets House, The Literary Walk at Central Park, or other landmark locations for creative inspiration. On field trip days, students will be expected to meet at the field trip location. The course will culminate in a student reading, where students will present their creative work in front of an audience of instructors, peers, and family members.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms and discuss formal concepts essential to the study of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and the creative process.
  • Hone writing craft, style and mechanics in the following genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Develop strategies for revising and editing their writing, making use of concepts discussed in class and feedback from instructors.
  • Read, analyze, and evaluate published work from the writer’s perspective.
  • Practice vulnerability when sharing their own work with peers.

Typical Day

Students are expected to be in class Monday-Thursday, from 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM for the duration of the three-week course. The class will be split into two halves with a 15-minute break in between. In the first half of class, students will discuss and analyze readings with writing techniques in mind. In the second half of the class, students will write in-class assignments using the techniques they have learned. Students will also workshop their writing by reading each other’s work and providing constructive feedback.

Field Trips

Some possible field trips may include:

  • The Museum of Modern Art –  Students will tour the museum and create written work in response to art exhibitions.
  • Central Park for the Literary Walk/ Poets Walk – Students will accompany their instructor on a walk and will write pieces in response to their natural and urban surroundings.

End Event

The end event is a student reading that will take place on July 23, 2020 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Light food and beverages will be served. Parents, friends, and community members are all welcome to attend.

During this reading, students will present a sample of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction they have written and workshopped during the course. Students will also have the opportunity to write introductions for each other and present them before each reading.



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Program Requirements

What to Bring to Class

Students should come to class prepared with a notebook and writing implements. When workshopping their own pieces, students should print out a copy of their work for each member of the class. Readings will be provided via email or photocopies.

Student Expectations

To pass this course, students must regularly attend classes on time, participate in class discussions, and complete in-class and at-home assignments. Students are also expected to give each other feedback on in-class workshops, attend all field trips, and participate in the final student reading.

It’s the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor if they must miss a class session due to health concerns, religious observances, or other obligations.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Faculty Bio

Zeynep Özakat was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and earned her bachelors’s degree in narrating the self and character building in fiction from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is currently earning her MFA degree in creative writing from Syracuse University where she received the Shirley Jackson Prize in fiction. Özakat’s work has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories (where she won the Fiction Open Contest), the Black Warrior Review, and Gulf Coast Online.

Syracuse University Fisher Center

The Fisher Center is Syracuse University’s consolidated academic campus in New York City – a state-of-the-art teaching facility that supports Syracuse University’s goal of providing every student a chance to study in one of the world’s greatest, most dynamic metropolitan areas. The Fisher Center is located at Madison Avenue and 31st Street. Learn more about the Fisher Center on their website.

Program Costs, Scholarship & Discounts

Program Costs

  • Program Program Fees and Tuition: $2,895

Application fee $30*

*Please note that the $30 application fee is non-refundable and only covers the cost of application processing. It does not go towards the cost of the program. 


Financial Assistance

Summer College offers partial need-based assistance for qualifying students. Full scholarships are not offered. Financial Assistance is only available to students who are US citizens and permanent residents, and whose family has an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less. This may not be combined with other forms of aid, discounts, or scholarship.

Financial assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis as funds are limited. In order to be considered, students must submit their family’s most recent tax returns with their application. The deadline for 2020 Financial Assistance applications is March 1, 2020. 

  • Maximum Assistance Award: $750

Merit-Based Scholarship

Summer College offers Merit-Based Scholarships for qualifying students. These scholarships are available to all students. If the student is eligible for financial assistance and a merit-based scholarship, s/he will be deemed eligible for the singular form of financial assistance that provides the greatest benefit to the student. This may not be combined with other forms of aid, discounts, or scholarship.

To be considered for a Merit-Based Scholarship, students must submit the additional essay with their application. Each application is evaluated independently. The deadline for 2020 Merit-Based Scholarship applications is March 1, 2020. To apply for a Merit-Based Scholarship, you must complete the additional essay located within the Scholarship and Aid section of the Summer College: New York City application.

  • Maximum Scholarship Award: $750

Program Discounts

Discounts are only available on tuition and program fees.

Syracuse Legacy Alumni Discount

In working with the Office of Alumni Relations, we are now able to offer a 15% discount on tuition and program fees to admitted students who are legacies (the children of parents, grandparents, or great grandparents who attended Syracuse University) or have siblings currently enrolled at SU. The discount also applies to former Summer College students and their siblings. Applicants will be instructed to provide the necessary information as part of the online application.

Syracuse University Employee Discount

Syracuse University employee dependents will receive a 15% discount on their tuition and program fees. This discount is for the dependents of Syracuse University employees only. This discount has no association with the general dependent tuition options offered by Syracuse University and is offered independently by Summer College.

Veteran and Military Discount

Syracuse University is proud to have a tradition of service to veteran and military families. Summer College will continue this tradition by offering children of veterans or active service members a 15% discount on tuition and program fees. Documentation is required to qualify for this discount.

Sibling Discounts

Students enrolled in more than one program will have discounts applied to their tuition and program fees. Parents/guardians sending more than one child to Summer College 2020 also qualify for a discount.

  • Enroll two students in Summer College: New York City and each student receives a 10% discount on tuition and program fees
  • Enroll three or more students in Summer College: New York City and each student receives a 15% discount on tuition and program fees

Discount Amounts:

  • 10% Discount= $290
  • 15% Discount= $434

Admission Criteria & Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for Summer College: New York City:

  • 15 years or older by the start of the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Rising high school junior or senior
  • Ability to commute to and from class daily at the Fisher Center in NYC

Application Requirements

The Summer College: New York City application requires students to complete the online application through SlideRoom, and includes the following:

  • Biographical, demographic, and school information
  • One essay response. There are three prompts, and students choose one to answer in 250-500 words. The essay prompts are as followed:
    • Do you have a background, interest, or talent that is especially meaningful? If so, please tell us about it.
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth or a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • A high school transcript with a copy of the most recent report card (these may be unofficial or official, and must include at least one full year of grades)
  • Optional, though strongly encouraged: a (non-family) recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, coach  that addresses the applicant’s maturity, self-discipline, and potential for success in a college-level program of study

How to Apply

Important Information Regarding the Application Process

  1. The Summer College: New York City online application is hosted on SlideRoom.
  2. A SlideRoom account must be created. Use the name of the student when creating the account (not the parent) and provide an email address that is checked regularly. This will be the primary mode of communication.
  3. After you establish your account, you will be required to click on the link in a confirmation e-mail sent to you by SlideRoom.
  4. Once you login, click on “Start a New Submission.”
  5. On the left, and under “Category,” select “2020 Summer College: New York City Application.”
  6. The $30 application fee is non-refundable and covers the cost of application processing.

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