Pre-College Creative Writers Workshop 5-Week Studio Program
July 9, 2017 - August 13, 2017
Creative Writers Workshop is an opportunity for you to develop writing skills in an intensive program. You will attend classes designed to help young writers concentrate on fiction or prose, screenwriting, graphic novel writing, and magazine writing. During the five-week program, you will write, workshop, revise and develop a portfolio of their work. At the completion of the program, you will have an opportunity to participate in a final reading to demonstrate the writing skills you have learned.
Creative Writers Workshop focuses on developing and strengthening creative writing skills through various forms of writing.
As a student in the Creative Writers Workshop program you will:
- Explore fiction and nonfiction and their various subgenres
- Focus on language, techniques, and traditions in three chosen genres
- Learn revision through the workshop process
- Write and read your original work
- Create a portfolio of your work
- Hear the work of classmates and pre-college faculty
- Attend lectures by guest writers and publishers
- Learn about writing careers and the literary life
Creative Writing Classes
Choose a fundamentals class that will focus on the basic language, techniques, and traditions in the chosen genre:
The Art of Fiction
Practice the basics of writing fiction including description, dialogue, tone, and plot. By discussing and analyzing contemporary published fiction, you will be equipped to identify narrative techniques and strategies. In addition, you will examine the workshop process as well as different genres that exist within fiction.
The Art of Prose: Fiction and Nonfiction
Discover the universal elements of writing: style, clarity, image, and language. Discuss and analyze contemporary writers in fiction and nonfiction, as well your own work, while examining the workshop process.
Explore other aspects of writing and publishing by choosing between one of two breakout sessions:
The Graphic Novel: Creating a Visual Story
This course focuses on developing and structuring a story to fit the graphic novel form. Through reading graphic novels and writing exercises, you will learn to write an effective script for the graphic storytelling format. No artistic experience is necessary to take this course.
Scriptwriting: Creating to Stage and Screen
Learn the structure to write both a one-act play and screenplay. Read scenes from short plays and view excerpts from films to learn character development, story arc, and dialogue. Choose to focus on a one-act or screenplay for the final project.
Choose an elective course that demonstrates how the fundamentals of writing play out in particular genres.
Introduction to Magazine Writing
Develop, research, and write feature stories, editorials, reviews (books, music, and movies), and personal essays. Learn how to submit your work to magazines.
Slam Poetry: Form, Voice, and Performance
Learn the basics of writing poetry, including poetic elements such as rhythm, imagery, diction, and tone. Explore different poetic forms: blank verse, free verse, and spoken word. Learn to effectively use your voice and body language to deliver your poems to an audience.
Other Program Highlights
Cover weekly themed topics relating to writing and the writing life. Themes may include, but are not limited to Using Social Media as a Writer, Revising Your Work, Public Speaking and the Creative Writer, and How to Promote Your Work. You may also use this time to work on your assignments.
Step outside of the classroom and visit various city sites. With the continued focus on creative writing and location, learn to use location as a way to be observant writers and use elements of active learning to provide a visual language to incorporate into your work.
Creative Writers Workshop Reading Series
A weekly reading series featuring faculty and students. A brief question and answer session takes place at the end of each performance.
Meet published writers or editors who address related topics such as: publishing, careers in writing, and the literary life.
Creative Writers Workshop Literary Magazines
During the program, you will be encouraged to submit their work to online literary magazines. The Elm , The Split Infinitive, Imprinted Emerson, and PARAMOUNT are all literary magazines written and produced by members of the Creative Writers Workshop.
Creative Writers Reading Series and Final Reading
At the end of the program, you will have an opportunity to participate in a final reading of your work for family, friends, and peers. Final Reading: August 12, 2016.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a Pre-College Creative Writers Workshop student:
Schedule is subject to change.
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 9, 2017 – August 13, 2017
Creative Writers Final Reading: August 12, 2017
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 13, 2017–by noon
Creative Writers Workshop is offered as a noncredit program.
Creative Writers Program Costs per student:
- Creative Writers Workshop Tuition: $3375
- Residential Room and Board Fee: $2870
- Non-refundable application fee: $60
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included in the tuition cost. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Who Should Apply
Students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2017-2018 academic year, who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply. The program is designed for students who want intensive training in creative writing, have respect for the writing process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom.
Each candidate for the Creative Writers Workshop Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
- 1) what you hope to achieve during the studio program
- 2) an event that you feel has prepared you for the pre-college program.
- In your statement, please indicate which Fundamentals, Elective, and Breakout sessions courses you would like to take.
- Essay: In one or two pages, discuss a book and/or writer that you believe has most influenced or inspired you and your work.
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Creative Writing Samples: Submit one of the following creative writing samples that best illustrates your interests and writing ability. Write your name on each page and submit no more than 10 pages:
- Prose of either fiction or nonfiction (two to five pages, double-spaced)
- Two to four poems, single-spaced
- Mixed samples of both fiction and poetry
International Student Applicants
The final deadline for international student applicants is April 28, 2017. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.
We will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.
Note: pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.