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Emerging Writers Institute

Education Unlimited - Emerging Writers Institute

Emerging Writers Institute creative writing camp is a two-week summer writing program for teens. Rising 10th-12th graders experience a unique curriculum designed to develop and support students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. This creative writing summer program encourages students to challenge themselves technically and artistically through guided daily writing workshops, one-on-one instructor evaluations, group editing sessions, and creative presentations of their work. Moreover, the participants in the program will be uniquely positioned to profit from the literary culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. By the program’s conclusion, students will produce and perfect quality pieces suitable for publication in their own literary magazine and professional teen publications.

What makes our summer creative writing programs at Stanford University, Yale University and UC Berkeley distinctive?

  • A curricular emphasis in expressive writing as a process, rather than in rules or formulas. Students will discover and refine their own voice!

  • Inclusion of critical reading exercises as an essential tool for growth.

  • Seminars to ready students’ work for professional submission to youth publications, such as The Claremont Review, The Writer’s Slate, Stone Soup and Teen Ink.

Students select a major focus area called a Writer’s Block. In each Writer’s Block, they will read classic and contemporary examples of the genre, craft and hone their writing composition, and prepare to present their piece to an audience of readers and listeners. This year’s Writer’s Blocks include:

  • Short and Sweet: Short Story Seminar

  • Well-Versed: Poetry Seminar

  • The ‘Wright Stuff: Playwright’s Seminar

  • The Real Word: Nonfiction Seminar

The offering of majors is based upon enrollment and student choices which seems to vary pretty substantially from year to year and even camp to camp. If enrollment for a particular major is very small we may in some cases move that offering to be an afternoon elective/workshop, in which case the student will still be able to devote most of their time to that subject, and by their choice of how they allocate their time still make their desired subject their 'major' in a sense for the camp. Our diverse afternoon workshops have included nontraditional writing genres, such as speech writing, ‘zine creation, graphic novels, journalism, nature writing, and advertising copy. These offerings vary from camp to camp based upon staff interest and special experience. These courses seek to engage participants on new material and open their horizons when they are not working on their principal piece. Furthermore, the program recruits guest speakers from the publishing industry and Bay Area authors to give readings and answer questions about literary life and labor. There are no grades, so ultimately students will choose how to best spend their writing time to a large degree, allowing each student to focus on the subjects that interest them most.

In order to attend the EWI, students must demonstrate their potential as writers by submitting a creative writing sample in any of the four major areas of focus. This program assumes that its students possess a formidable understanding of the English language and are prepared to employ this familiarity in inspired and inventive ways.

"I learned to be true to my own voice and write about believable, developed characters." -Seth Newmeyer

“I wouldn’t want anyone who likes writing to go through high school without coming to this camp and having as much fun as me!” – Annelise Hagar

“I liked it…my poetry class was small, so everyone got a chance to speak, read, and receive feedback.” – Jordan Knight

“I loved evening classes and I loved Fiction class. I learned so much. [My instructor] taught me that I not only have something to say, I have a LOT to say.” – Jessalyn Mattson

2014 Emerging Writers Institute Staff

Staff are typically drawn from experts in the subject matter and/or exceptional, proven teachers, usually a combination of the two. Staff vary by program, but staffing at all camps are held to the highest possible standards. Some of the camp teachers we have confirmed for this summer include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and directed several short films. Recently, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” and regularly collaborates with writers/directors as a reader and guide. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films, and a television series for Fuse.

She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA and The New School with an MFA. She studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology on a Rotary International Fellowship and taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has taught writing with Education Unlimited for seven years, and started directing the A+ and Emerging Writers Institute programs in 2010.  

Education Unlimited - Aditi Sriram (EWI Camp Director)

Aditi Sriram, EWI Camp Director

Aditi Sriram's writing has appeared in Narratively, The Brooklyn Rail, and Guernica Magazine, among other publications, covering fiction, essays, non-fiction reporting, and author interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners. Aditi has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hitchhiked along the Red Sea in Egypt, trekked into hidden stepwells in New Delhi, and befriended 70-year old strangers, all for the sake of a story. She has lived in New York City for the past ten years, where she has written her way through jobs in financial consulting, book publishing, an environmental non-profit, an a storytelling performance series. She studied Math and Economics at Columbia University, and then did a Master's in Creative Writing at The New School. Aditi is working on a novel She has adapted parts of her novel-in-progress and other stories for “harikatha,” an ancient Indian oral storytelling tradition comprising speech, song, and prayer.

Education Unlimited - Anthony Abboreno (Creative Writing Instructor)

Anthony Abboreno, Creative Writing Instructor

Anthony M. Abboreno is a teacher and graduate student, currently pursuing a PhD in fiction writing and literary criticism at the University of Southern California.  Previously, he earned an MA in the same subjects from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He has lived in five states and taught in all of them, working with students from kindergarten through undergrad. His writing has been featured in Reunion: The Dallas Review, and on the American Short Fiction website.

Education Unlimited - Diana Arterian (Creative Writing Instructor)

Diana Arterian, Creative Writing Instructor

 Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.
   Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a creator and Managing Editor of Ricochet, a publisher of poetry and prose. Her chapbook, Death Centos, was published byUgly Duckling Presse, and her writing and translation has appeared or is forthcoming in AufgabeBlack Warrior Reviewand The Volta, among others.

Education Unlimited - Katherine McDonald (Assistant Director)

Katherine McDonald, Assistant Director

Katherine McDonald

Originally from Montclair, New Jersey, Katherine currently lives in Oakland, California.  In 2011, she graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in English and Music.  While at Wesleyan, she tutored other students in English and music theory.   This past spring, she received her Master's degree in music composition from Mils College, where she focused on songwriting, multimedia collaboration, and taught musicianship at the undergraduate level.  She was also the 2014 recipient of the Paul Merritt Henry prize, which recognizes excellence in composition for string instruments.  In addition to songwriting and composing for dance and video, Katherine is interested in making video art of her own, cartooning and sculpting with clay and wood. 

Education Unlimited - Dylan Neely (Counselor/Assistant Director)

Dylan Neely, Counselor/Assistant Director

Dylan is excited to return for a second summer with Education Unlimited!  Dylan is a composer, violinist, and sound artist.  He writes music for theater, film, art installations, and chamber ensembles.  His work has been performed by groups including Quartetto Indaco, Mills Contemporary Performace Ensemble, ills Impropvisation Workshop, and Caedmon Quartet, and played by The American Composers' Orchestra and The Salome Chamber Orchestra.  Dylan is a former Fullbright Fellow to Servia and past participant of the highSCORE Festival, the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program, and The Watermill Center's International Summer Program.   He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Bard College at Simon's Rock and MFA from Mills College.


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

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