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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


Emerging Writers Institute - 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 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...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Camp Director and Instructor

An adjunct professor at Manhattan's Pace University and Ph.D. student in English Education at Columbia University, Brett's experience in the field is as deep as it is diverse. Long ago, before researching the effects of Common Core on student creativity and the political mission of education, Brett was a high school speech-and-debater in his...


Education Unlimited - Aditi Sriram, MFA (Camp Director)

Aditi Sriram, MFA — 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...


Education Unlimited - Anthony Abboreno, MA (Instructor)

Anthony Abboreno, MA — 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...


Education Unlimited - Diana Arterian, MFA (Instructor)

Diana Arterian, MFA — 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...


Education Unlimited - Drea Brown (Instructor)

Drea Brown — Instructor

Drea is a poet and social justice educator, and has worked the last five years establishing and facilitating poetry empowerment programs for high school students in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, most recently Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marrisa Alexander, and Southern...


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 14th - Jun 27th 11th - 12th Yale University $3,845.00 – $4,525.00
Jul 12th - Jul 25th 10th - 12th Stanford University $3,845.00 – $4,525.00
Jul 19th - Aug 1st 10th - 12th Brown University $3,845.00 – $4,525.00
Jul 26th - Aug 8th 10th - 12th UC Berkeley $3,845.00 – $4,525.00