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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.  


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

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. 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 has pursued writing as a lifestyle since working and writing at the State University at Albany where he graduated in 2013. He then went on to get his MFA at Syracuse University. He is currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University.

 

While at Colgate, aside from teaching fiction workshops, he...


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 an educator and published poet and fiction writer.She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UMASS Amherst Honors College with a BA in English and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Work has...


Education Unlimited - Ploy Pirapokin, MFA (Instructor)

Ploy Pirapokin, MFA — Instructor

Ploy Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of San Diego, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Her work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, Entropy Magazine, the Bellingham Review, HYPHEN Magazine and more. A...


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



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 17th - Jun 30th 10th - 12th Yale University $4,245.00 – $4,990.00
Jun 24th - Jul 7th 10th - 12th UC Berkeley $4,245.00 – $4,990.00
Jul 15th - Jul 28th 10th - 12th Stanford University $4,245.00 – $4,990.00
Jul 22nd - Aug 4th 10th - 12th Georgetown University $4,245.00 – $4,990.00
Jul 29th - Aug 11th 10th - 12th UCLA $4,245.00 – $4,990.00