June 29-July 11, 2014
current 9th-12th graders
Whether you are a young writer developing your creative voice or a student polishing your critical writing skills before college, the Writing Institute is for you. Choose from one of two tracks: creative writing or academic writing. Each track offers a variety of challenging in-class assignments, guest lectures, and writing-related field trips.
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. Discover the thriving St. Louis literary scene, meet professional and creative writers, and explore various writing-related professions. Mine the shelves of eclectic independent bookstores and visit the creative offices of St. Louis Magazine and Riverfront Times.
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. Whether writing a college admission essay or a research paper, this institute will develop the skills needed to write a persuasive, convincing argument. Engage with a variety of professionals, learning the importance of effective writing for college and beyond. Explore St. Louis with a critical eye as your assignments take you from the top of the St. Louis Arch to the archives of the Missouri History Museum’s Library and Research Center.
Creative writers will submit a final piece of writing and present this piece at an open mic event. Critical writers will complete a 500-word essay on a to-be-determined subject. All final projects will be included in our institute literary journal, a copy of which will be presented to all students, as well as several Washington University faculty and staff.
Program fees include all academic and residential expenses. Partial scholarship assistance is available. See 2014 Institute Program Fees for more information.
How to Apply
We have limited enrollment for our institutes. We have rolling admission and qualified students are admitted until spaces are filled. Consider applying early! Visit the How to Apply section of our website to download application materials and visit the Eligibility section for academic guidelines before applying.