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Join us from Sunday, July 9 to Saturday, July 15 for this year's workshop

If you’re a talented writer entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2017, join us for our Summer Writers Workshop. From July 9-15, you’ll be immersed in intensive, small-group workshops in fiction, memoir and poetry led by nationally recognized authors.

Now in its 30th 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.

Class size is limited to 15 to ensure close supervision and mentoring. Download our brochure to see a list of activities and faculty.

Register now! We look forward to having you on campus!

Apply for the 2017 workshop

Applications postmarked or received via email by April 15 will be charged a registration fee of $770. Applications postmarked or received via email after April 16 will be charged a registration fee of $810.

The costs includes:

  • Workshops, classes and seminars held in the Writers Institute, Apfelbaum Hall and Seibert Hall, all located within walking distance of the residence halls.
  • Three meals a day featuring all-you-care-to-eat entrees, soup and salad bar, deli bar and dessert bar.
  • Double occupancy rooms in air-conditioned residence halls.

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 while 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 magazine 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


Tom Bailey, Ph.D., professor of English
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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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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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