Writing Summer Camps for High School Students

Emerging Writers Institute 10th-12th

Emerging Writers Institute creative writing camp is a  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. 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 so distinctive?

  • A curricular emphasis in expressive writing as a process rather than on rules or formulas - students will discover and refine their own voices
  • The 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


During summer 2021, Emerging Writers Institute 10-12 attendees may choose between three majors: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students may repeat the course up to three times during the summer doing each of the three majors once. 

June 7 FICTION  
July 5 FICTION  
August 2    
August 9 FICTION  
Don’t see your preferred major or week available above? No problem!
Please fill out this short interest survey.
If at least three students are interested in a specific major or date, we will do our best to add that section.

Click here for a downloadable information sheet or click the tabs below to learn more about this program.

Whether online or in person, Education Unlimited proudly offers top tier curriculum in our Emerging Writers Institute. 

The High School Emerging Writers Institute is a specialized program for teen writers to dig deep into one genre: Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry. Similar to our program for younger writers, students are challenged through small group seminars. In these seminars, and at daily writing workshops, students investigate the fundamentals of storytelling and discover how to read like writers as they develop their own literary voice. Writers will also read and experiment with new sub-genres in a safe, exploratory environment. Scheduled writing time and one-on-one instructor evaluations help students develop good writing habits that will serve them year round. By the end of the week, students will share polished pieces for publication in their own literary anthology.

Small class sizes (6) and amazing instructors make this a magical week of writing and growth for our aspiring authors. Students may choose to take this course up to three times in a summer, doing each of the below three majors once.


In our fiction week, young writers create an engaging story using the tools taught over the course of the week. By exploring different sub-genres of fiction (science fiction, realistic fiction, and thriller, just to name a few!), high school writers will hone their ability to create engaging, realistic characters, to convey a sense of place, to build suspense and to use language and imagery to make stories come alive. Students will work on a capstone fiction piece of their choice throughout the week that will be published and sent home in a camp anthology.


In our non-fiction week, young writers learn to convey the real world in a creative and expressive way. By exploring different genres of non-fiction (memoir, personal essays, travel writing, and biography to name a few!), high school writers will hone their sense of place, ability to write realistic dialogue, descriptive skills, and will focus on merging of research and facts into creative writing. Students will work on a capstone non-fiction piece of their choice throughout the week that will be published and sent home in a camp anthology.


In our poetry week, young poets express themselves through various different forms – narrative, lyric, and dramatic. By exploring different genres of poetry (cento, ekphrasis, sonnet, free verse, haikus, and more!), high school poets will hone their voice, study form, rhythm, meter and figurative language. Unlike fiction and non-fiction weeks, students will not focus on one single capstone work but will instead write a collection of poems that will be published and sent home in a camp anthology.

For Summer 2021, this course will be offered ONLINE

Don’t see your preferred major or week available above? No problem! Please fill out this short interest survey. If at least three students are interested in a specific major or date, we are more than happy to add that into the schedule.

Click here for a downloadable information sheet. 

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Don’t see a class you want in your time zone? Check other time zones to flexibly fit your needs!

Online Camp Schedule High School Emerging Writers Institute

Pacific TimeEastern Time
Monday - Thursday9:00 am to 3:00 pm
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Includes a 1-hour lunch break plus shorter 10-15 min breaks
Friday9:00 am to 12:00 pm
9:00 pm to 12:00 pm
Includes 10 min breaks as needed

*Poetry and Non-Fiction courses may run 11am to 5pm EST and 8-4pm PST in order to merge Pacific and Eastern time zone students.

*Schedule subject to change - Final schedule posted in Google Classroom the Wednesday prior to the start of class.

On-Campus Sample 10th-12th Grade Schedule

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am "Major: class (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or play-writing)
11:0 am Writing Workshop
12:30 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:45 pm Elective #1
3:15 am Elective #2
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm Group Seminar
8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Elizabeth Bull, MFA - Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast Magazine, and Gulf Coast; her work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.  Her involvement in television and film began at AMC Networks, where she worked in original series development during the creation of “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” In addition to writing and directing several short films, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” released in the fall of 2017. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films and a television series for Fuse.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a Master in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) from The New School in New York City.  In addition, she has studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Dublin, Ireland on a Rotary International Fellowship.  She has taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has been with Education Unlimited since 2010.

Emily Mercurio, MFA - Instructor

Emily Rosello Mercurio is a writer and educator who has taught poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and academic composition at Cornell University and Education Unlimited. She earned her B.A. from Wheaton College (2016), double majoring in English and Women's Studies, and her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Cornell University (2018). She has served as an Assistant Editor for EPOCH Magazine and as the Literary Editor for Rushlight. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Vallum, Spoon River Poetry Review, and other journals. She is a 2017 winner of the Bermuda Triangle Prize.

Ploy Pirapokin, MFA - Instructor

Ploy Pirapokin is a writer and instructor currently teaching Nonfiction for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.  She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Los Angeles Extension program and does freelance training for The Writer, a global brand language agency.  Ploy has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and English from the University of San Diego.  During her time at SFSU, Ploy lectured in Creative Writing and also worked as a Creative Writing Admissions Reader for the MFA and MA program.

Ploy’s own work has been featured in, Apogee Journal, Entropy Magazine, the Bellingham Review, HYPHEN Magazine and more.  She has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations for her work. She is a Writing by Writers Workshop at Tomales Bay fellow, a Community of Writers at Squaw Valley scholar, and was a Visiting Writer at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.  She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Kundiman and others.

Brett Shanley, MFA - Instructor

Brett Shanley is a writer and English lecturer currently pursuing a PhD at Columbia University in New York City.  Prior to his doctoral work, Brett received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Nonfiction from The New School in NYC.  In addition to his dissertation research, which looks at methods of promoting sincere engagement between undergraduate writers and the work that they produce, Brett lectures in advanced writing at Pace University.  Brett has been teaching in the classroom and at academic camps since 2012, and it was these experiences that inspired his dissertation topic. He has been an instructor with Education Unlimited since 2014, teaching both creative and academic writing.

In addition to his advanced degrees, Brett also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and German from University of Oregon.  In the rare moments that Brett is not working on his research or teaching, his favorite thing to do is enjoy time in New York City’s famed Central Park with his fiance and their dog Huxley.