Opportunities for Undergraduate Creative Writers

Are you interested in seeking out a community of writers outside of your college campus?

Here are some opportunities for both current undergraduate students and graduating seniors:


New York State Summer Writers Institute (Skidmore College)

From their website:

The New York State Writers Institute, established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, SUNY, announces its 26th annual summer program. Under the joint auspices of the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, the summer program is held on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and will feature creative writing workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Students may enroll for two weeks (July 2-13 or July 16-27) or for the entire four-week session (July 2-27). The Institute is principally for students who have had at least one or two previous workshop experiences. It is definitely not for high school students or for freshman college students. Since its inaugural season in 1987, the New York State Summer Writers Institute has drawn students from all over the United States. International students have also attended from Australia, Brazil, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea and Singapore have also participated. Students have ranged from 20 to 99 years of age.

The Institute offers courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, as well as noncredit courses. Standard three-hour class meetings, which are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., are supplemented by a program of Tuesday and Thursday afternoon discussions with visiting writers and other special events. Each workshop is primarily built around discussion of student works, which are collected in early June and run off in multiple sets so that students may receive them throughout their stay at the Institute, a few at a time, to be read in time for the various class meetings. Some instructors also assign writing exercises (optional) and recommend brief readings that are not written by workshop students for classroom discussion. A fiction writer-in-residence reads entire student novels or extensive fiction works in progress—not collections of stories—and meets with students on a tutorial basis. Other distinguished writers-in-residence read book-length poetry or non-fiction manuscripts and offer advice for revisions and eventual book submissions. The extra tutorial fee is $400. The program sponsors public readings by visiting and staff writers Monday through Friday evenings. Weekend programs, for enrolled students only, include publishing symposia, panel discussions and student readings. An extraordinary staff of distinguished writers, among them winners of such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, serve as Institute faculty members.



Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets (Bucknell University)

From their website:

In June 2012, the Stadler Center will conduct the twenty-seventh annual Seminar for Younger Poets. Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences. In the past, such poets as Linda Gregg, Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, Gerald Stern, David St. John, Arthur Sze, and Michael Waters have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available on the basis of need. The 2012 staff will include Seminar Director G.C. Waldrep, Associate Director Deirdre O’Connor, and Stadler Fellows Jamaal May and Diana Park. Visiting poets Rick Barot and Brigit Pegeen Kelly will complete the lineup.

The 2012 Seminar will be held June 10 – July 1. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please use the SCP Application Portal page, at right. For Frequently Asked Questions about the application process, click here.



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