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Emerging Writers Institute - 10th - 12th Grade

Education Unlimited - Emerging Writers Institute - 10th - 12th Grade

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.

A few words from our Emerging Writers Institute 10th - 12th Campers!

"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

"I had a incredible time at the education unlimited camp at Yale.  Thank you so much for providing the opportunity for me to really find myself as a writer and helping me advance my interest in it.  I had a great time, I really loved all the classes, and the environment that you all created was incredible. This was by far the best summer camp I had ever been to, and everyone there only added to the experience.  I only wish that it had lasted longer." — Nick Dias

Camp Location Start Date End Date Grades
 Emerging Writers Institute  Yale University  Sun, Jun 17, 18  Sat, Jun 30, 18  10th - 12th
 Emerging Writers Institute  UC Berkeley  Sun, Jun 24, 18  Sat, Jul 7, 18  10th - 12th
 Emerging Writers Institute  Stanford University  Sun, Jul 15, 18  Sat, Jul 28, 18  10th - 12th
 Emerging Writers Institute  Georgetwon University  Sun, Jul, 22, 18  Sat, Aug 4, 18  10th - 12th
 Emerging Writers Institute  UCLA  Sun, Jul, 29, 18  Sat, Aug 11, 18  10th - 12th

 

Click here for more information. * Education Unlimited also offers a 7th-9th grade Emerging Writers Program.  

Looking for a more cultural experience for the summer? Check out Summer Focus Enrichment: Writing for a unique combination of curriculum, Bay Area excursions, and college-life. 


Emerging Writers Institute - 10th - 12th Grade - Staff Profiles

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:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull, MFA (Camp Director)

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...


Education Unlimited - Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA (Instructor)

Nana Adjei-Brenyah, MFA — Instructor

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is an instructor and creative writing fellow at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  Nana designed and now teaches the Introduction to Creative Writing (Fiction) course. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University.  During his time at Syracuse, he designed and taught courses such as Practices...


Education Unlimited - John Bolen (Instructor)

John Bolen — Instructor

John Bolen currently teaches Creative Writing and Analytical Writing at the University of Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Sewanee: The University of the South and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. While he was an undergraduate, he volunteered as a writing...


Education Unlimited - Patricia Hicks (Instructor)

Patricia Hicks — Instructor

Patricia Hicks is an educator, writer, and passionate teaching artist with over 20 years of experience.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University, she has numerous certifications in specialized curriculum including intensive drama therapy training and work as a certified seminar leader...


Education Unlimited - Amanda Krupman, MFA (Instructor)

Amanda Krupman, MFA — Instructor

Amanda Krupman is a writer in Brooklyn, NY. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Bloom; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; The Cleveland Review; Punk Planet; Time Out New York; and xoJane. Her literary zine, PLUG, was featured in Columbia College Chicago's "A to Zine" exhibition in 2003.

Amanda received an MFA from the Graduate Writing...


Education Unlimited - Sarah Levine, MFA (Instructor)

Sarah Levine, MFA — Instructor

Sarah Levine is a published writer and teacher currently teaching middle school english at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing...


Education Unlimited - Ploy Pirapokin, MFA (Instructor)

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...


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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