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Emerging Writers Institute - 7th - 9th Grade

Education Unlimited - Emerging Writers Institute - 7th - 9th Grade

Emerging Writers Institute is a unique opportunity for rising 7th - 9th graders to explore creative writing.

From day one, students are challenged through small group seminars focused on fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. In these seminars, and at daily writing workshops, students investigate the fundamentals of storytelling and discover how to read like writers. Diverse afternoon electives may include sci-fi writing, screenwriting, graphic novels, and travel writing and are used to let students try out new 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. Students will also get inspired by off-campus instructor-led activities designed to introduce them to the literary culture of Berkeley or Los Angeles. By the end of the week, students will share polished pieces for publication in their own literary magazine and present their work in an informal reading for family and friends. 

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Emerging Writers Institute - 7th - 9th 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 - Macara Nicoll, MS (Camp Director)

Macara Nicoll, MS — Camp Director

Macara Nicoll is a school counselor with a Master of Science in School Counseling from California State University, Sacramento.  Macara first came to Education Unlimited as a camper, a step which led her on a path to an undergraduate career at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her love of education and working with youth brought her back...


Education Unlimited - Bethany Carlson, MDiv, MFA (Instructor)

Bethany Carlson, MDiv, MFA — Instructor

Bethany Carlson is an adjunct English professor based in New Haven, Connecticut.  She holds two graduate degrees, a Master’s in Divinity from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University.  Through her graduate school years she has studied liturgy, theology, creative arts and poetry. She has taught...


Education Unlimited - Carlina Duan (Instructor)

Carlina Duan — Instructor

Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia...


Education Unlimited - Charli Engelhorn (Instructor)

Charli Engelhorn — Instructor

Charli Engelhorn is a freelance writer and editor and managing editor of the literary magazine The Coachella Review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Kansas and will be graduating with an Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing in the summer of 2019. Charli has had to pleasure of teaching...


Education Unlimited - Meghan Lamb, MFA (Instructor)

Meghan Lamb, MFA — Instructor

Meghan Lamb is a writer and teacher with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked with the Modern Literature Collection and Dorothy, A Publishing Project. She served as the Spring 2018 Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University and spent the summer of 2017 teaching at...


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 - Adam Marston, MFA (Instruction)

Adam Marston, MFA — Instruction

Adam Marston is an English teacher and freelance writer.  He has taught both at the high school and college level, most recently as a writing instructor, teaching Introduction to College Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has also taught Leadership to high school students for the Kingdom Education Foundation. Adam has a...


Education Unlimited - Ben Parson (Instructor)

Ben Parson — Instructor

Ben Parson is a teacher of writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also a fiction candidate in the Master of Fine Arts Program for Poets & Writers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UMass with a specialization in Creative Writing. In addition to teaching regular courses at the University, Ben has also...


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...


Education Unlimited - Andrea Rivard (Writing Instructor)

Andrea Rivard — Writing Instructor

Andrea Rivard is a teacher currently teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition at Summit Public Schools: Tahoma in South San Jose.  Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Earth Science, from University of Northern Colorado. A high school teacher, Andrea has taught Intro to Journalism, Creative...


Education Unlimited - Jasmine Sufi (Instructor)

Jasmine Sufi — Instructor

Jasmine Sufi is a full-time poetry instructor in middle and high schools throughout the Bay Area, teaching students how to express themselves and share their stories via the written and spoken word.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from University of California, Santa Cruz. In...


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 23rd 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 7th - 9th UC Berkeley $1,995.00 – $2,750.00
Jun 30th 2019 - Jul 6th 2019 7th - 9th Stanford University $2,045.00 – $2,800.00
Jul 7th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 7th - 9th Yale University $1,995.00 – $2,750.00
Jul 14th 2019 - Jul 20th 2019 7th - 9th Georgetown University $1,995.00 – $2,750.00
Jul 21st 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 7th - 9th Stanford University $2,045.00 – $2,800.00
Jul 28th 2019 - Aug 3rd 2019 7th - 9th UCLA $1,995.00 – $2,750.00