Creative Writing Workshop

General

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Program Description

Young woman writes in journal near Smith College fountain during women's writing summer program

We are currently planning for in-person and online options for summer 2021. We hope to have more information about what our offerings will look like by early 2021.

Happening Now! Smith Precollege Online

Join us for one of our online programs. Choose from weekend crash courses and non-academic community workshops. Our online opportunities are for students in grades 9-12, plus any interested current gap year students. Visit Precollege Online.

With so few writing programs that cater exclusively to high school girls, Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows you to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters your love of writing in a variety of mediums.

All of your classes will be in a workshop style, which means each class will begin with a short segment that focuses on a single lesson. Then the instructors will check in with you to see what you are working on. Open writing time follows. The class session ends with each writer sharing her progress with the group.

Your professors are all published writers and poets. They will pay special attention to teaching you how to read your work to an audience and how to get published. At the end of the workshop, you will have the start of an online writing portfolio and some professional contacts in the literary world.

Courses & Workshops

Students will take part in one morning and one afternoon workshop during the program.

Students who have paid their deposit will receive a link to the course selection form in late April. In this form, students will rank their preferences for courses. These forms, along with the application essay, help place students in their classes. Although not everyone will get their first choice, all students will receive at least one first-choice placement. Students will be notified of their course placement on June 15.

Morning Session

Select a creative fiction course

  • Fearless Writing: A Fiction Writing Workshop
  • Finding Your Voice: A Fiction Workshop Grounded in Women’s History
  • iFiction: Write, Revise and Create a Writing Identity
  • Ready, Set, Write! - A Fiction Workshop
  • The Writer’s Eye
  • Word Coven
  • Writing the Unseen: Weaving Magic into Story
  • Writing Young Adult Fiction
Afternoon Session

Select from a variety of special interest classes

  • Food Writing
  • Intro to Screenwriting
  • Making Poems
  • Memoir Workshop: Who Are You?
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • STAND UP! A Comedy Writing Workshop
  • Writing for Magazines

Our Faculty

  • Peter Sapira
  • MB Caschetta
  • Alex Chambers
  • Debra Jo Immergut
  • Jennifer Jacobson
  • Maureen Buchanan Jones
  • Sara London
  • John Maradik
  • Brian David Mooney
  • Phil O’Donoghue
  • Emily Pettit
  • Boomer Pinches
  • Morgan Sheehan
  • Laura Willwerth
  • Wade Wofford
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Smith College Precollege Programs welcomes international students each year from around the world into our programs. You'll find that our small classes, similar to the undergraduate experience at Smit ... Read More

Smith College Precollege Programs welcomes international students each year from around the world into our programs. You'll find that our small classes, similar to the undergraduate experience at Smith, offer exceptional learning in an environment where women are taken seriously and inspired to excel as leaders. Smith is located in the northeastern region of the United States, an area with some of the highest concentrations of international students anywhere in the country. Read less