Young Writers Institute
The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Led by an exceptional faculty of published teaching artists with deep experience mentoring young writers, each student will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them to develop a plan for future growth.
This summer, the workshops will be held online, but the participants will have ample opportunity to do connect with their peers and will be given prompt activities that will engage them with their surroundings.
Spend a week developing your voice in the Young Writers Institute writing workshop. In this course, we will learn elements of craft that will help bring your ideas to life on the page. Through writing exercises and experimentation, close-reading of established and emerging writers, and feedback from your instructor and peers, you will craft stories and poems with intentionality and heart. You will also learn revising and editing techniques to make your pieces their absolute strongest and will conclude the five-day course with an anthology of you and your classmates’ very best work.
Week 6: August 2–6, 2021
Instructor: Kim Henderson
Kim Henderson is the author of The Kind of Girl, which won the Seventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Tin House Online, Story, Catapult, The Southeast Review, Cutbank, and elsewhere. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives with her family on a mountain in Southern California, where she chairs the Creative Writing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Week 7: August 9–13, 2021
Instructor – Kenyatta Rogers
Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been twice awarded scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been published in Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, The Volta and PANK, among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.