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Join us from Sunday, July 21, to Saturday, July 27, 2019

If you’re a talented writer entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2019, join us for our Summer Writers Workshop. From July 21-27, you’ll be immersed in intensive, small-group workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and poetry led by nationally recognized authors.

Now in its 32nd summer, our program is one of only 27 workshops selected by Early College Programs as a Best Value in Summer College Programs for High School Students. The Princeton Review Press called it one of the 500 best summer programs in the world.

Check back soon for our brochure to see a list of activities and faculty. Registration will be available no later than Jan. 7.

We look forward to having you on campus!

Apply for Summer Writers Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Summer Writers Workshop. Class sizes are limited to 15 to ensure close supervision and mentoring.

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Applications received on or after April 2 will be charged a registration fee of $1,025.

The costs include:

  • Faculty-led group workshops and individual instructor-student conferences
  • Daily readings by students, faculty and guest writers
  • Workshops on college writing programs, literary magazines and publishing software
  • Insight on pursuing a career in the publishing industry
  • Public reading at workshop's end when you share your work with fellow students, family and friends
  • Your work published in a Writers Workshop magazine
  • A Writers Workshop T-shirt!

The Writers Workshop is a weeklong experience that includes a variety of writing activities such as group workshops; individual conferences; and readings by students, faculty and guest writers.

At the workshop's end, a public reading will provide you with a chance to share your work with fellow students, family and friends, and guests from outside the Writers Workshop.

You'll also have your work published in a Writers Workshop anthology sent to all workshop attendees.

Sample schedule

  • 8 a.m.-Breakfast
  • 9 a.m.-Noon-Workshop
  • Noon-Lunch
  • 1-5 p.m.-Workshop
  • 5:30 p.m.-Dinner
  • 7-8:30 p.m.-Readings by faculty and guest writers
  • 9:30 p.m.-Readings by students


Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D., associate professor of English
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Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph. D., associate professor of English
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Creative Nonfiction

Glen Retief, Ph.D., associate professor of English and creative writing, director of the Writers Institute
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Karla Kelsey, Ph.D., associate professor of creative writing
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Screenwriting and Performance

Monica Prince
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Every year I am amazed by the enthusiasm of the faculty in the Susquehanna program. Their passion is contagious; by week's end the students have not only learned much about the craft of writing, but are also energized to continue the exploration of their own creativity.
—Susan Perabo, visiting instructor, author of Who I Was Supposed to Be and The Broken Places

Run like a condensed version of a college level writing course, Susquehanna's summer writing workshop was an intensive week spent reading and learning from my peers and their work. I've never been as challenged, had as much fun, or learned as much about writing as I did in that week.
—Carly Husick '15, Malverne, PA

Being surrounded by so many enthusiastic writers--the other students, the teaching assistants, and especially the faculty--made the week as much an instructive experience as it was fun. There's always somebody you can bounce ideas off of. And having campus to yourself is awesome.
—Colin O'Donnell '15, Baltimore, MD

The Advanced Writer's Workshop gave me an opportunity to truly envision myself as a writer, and to enter into a community of students and faculty who are just as passionate about craft as I am. I was able to work with SU's stellar writing faculty closely, and this gave me a unique experience which jump-started my writing and my undergraduate career as a writer. The writing faculty at Susquehanna are deeply dedicated to students' work and success, and are fantastic in the classroom.
—Kirstin Waldkoenig '14, Gettysburg, PA

Through the Writers Workshop, I learned many skills that helped me become a more accomplished writer. By rooming on campus with the other kids in the workshop, I got to experience the feel of college life and in the process made friends that I still consider to be my nearest and dearest nearly two years later.
—Charlie Riccardelli '09, Wanaque, NJ

While attending the Writers Institute weeklong workshop, I wrote some of my best work and feel that, in the short period of time I spent there, I improved immensely. My positive experience at the workshop is the main reason why I am at Susquehanna.
—Yvonne Harris '09, Morristown, NJ

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