current 9th-11th graders
Institutes are open to current high school students from across the country and around the world. You will live on campus, enjoy a variety of social opportunities, and prepare yourself for college success! Learn about life on campus during a WUSTL Summer Experience.
Creative Writing Institute
June 19-July 1, 2016
Spend your days in traditional writer's workshop. Discuss published work, create your own pieces using innovative prompts, and share your work with classmates. Workshop will provide you with the unique opportunity to hear your classmates' reactions to your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, in a supportive setting, and to develop your own critical skills regarding others' writing. If you've never experienced workshop, you'll quickly discover that it's an immeasurably valuable process, sparking new ideas, energizing your writing, and opening up new perspectives to become a more thoughtful writer and critic.
Attention: Currently the 2016 Creative Writing Institute is full. We are no longer accepting applications even for the wait list.
Academic Writing Institute
June 19-July 1, 2016
Strengthen your writing skills and become a more thoughtful, efficient, and confident writer of academic and professional prose. Discover how to generate original ideas, organize your thoughts, and convey them to a specific audience. Learn how to approach difficult texts and analyze complex arguments. This institute will help you develop the skills needed to write a persuasive, convincing argument. This institute is not designed for advanced writers, but rather for students wanting to improve their overall writing abilities.
Attention: We are no longer accepting applications for the Academic Writing Institute.
June 19-July 1, 2016
Discover the dynamic field of communications this summer. Learn tools and techniques to develop your writing, speaking, and presentation skills, from crafting interview questions to designing page layouts. Experience marketing, public relations, advertising, politics, management, and international enterprises, and become a more confident writer and public speaker as you participate in a series of writing prompts and activities.
Attention: We are no longer accepting applications for the Communications Institute.
July 10-16, 2016
Telling an engaging personal story can be challenging. How do you put into words an experience that changed how you acted, felt, or thought? How do you tell an interesting story while still showing readers the influence the experience had on you? Answer these questions and more as you discover the tips and tools of writing a personal narrative and build your confidence when writing a college admissions essay. Learn how to then tell your story to others and be successful in a college admissions interview. This institute offers many tools and strategies to help you prepare for the college application process and makes a perfect addition to one of our other programs!
Attention: Limited space still available.
You will submit a final piece of writing which will be included in our Literary Journal.
Program fees vary by institute and include all academic and residential expenses. Scholarship assistance is available. See 2016 Institute Program Fees for more information.
To be eligible for our Writing Institutes you should:
- Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school during the 2016 summer.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- Submit an online application with 250-word essay.
- Submit a teacher recommendation.
- As an international student, provide documentation of your ability to complete coursework in English.
How to Apply
The application deadline for Summer Institutes was April 1st. Many of our programs have already filled for the summer and we are no longer accepting applications for their wait list. See Summer Institutes Application for programs with limited space still available.
Information for Admitted Students
Congratulations on your admission! Learn about the next steps in the registration process!