Join us July 21–27, 2019

An exciting weeklong experience now in its 32nd summer, this workshop provides America's most talented high school writers with the opportunity to work in intensive, small-group workshops led by nationally recognized authors. 

Featuring workshops in comics/graphic narrative, fiction, personal essay, poetry and screenwriting, Susquehanna's Summer Writers Workshop was selected as a Best Value in Summer College Programs by Early College Programs, and named one of the 500 best summer programs in the world by Princeton Review Press.

Classes are limited to 15 students to ensure close supervision and individual conferencing.

High school students entering grades 11-12 are invited to register.

The Summer Writers Workshop offers a variety of writing activities throughout the week to help you become a better writer. You'll also get helpful advice about college writing programs and career opportunities.

Here's what you can expect:

  • Attend daily seminar classes taught by Susquehanna creative writing faculty.
  • Study elements of craft in fiction, poetry, personal essay and screenwriting.
  • Write between 10 and 100 new pages.
  • Workshop your new work in a supportive environment.
  • Practice the art of revision.
  • Have individual conferences with your professor.
  • Perform your new work in the Saturday Student Reading.

Comprehensive fees include room, meals and all program materials.

  • After May 8: $1,025


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available.

A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.


All registrations must be submitted no later than July 6.

A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due 14 days prior to starting camp.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Summer Writers Workshop attendees must arrive at Susquehanna University on Sunday, July 21, between 2:30 and 4 p.m. for workshop orientation. Workshop activities will begin at 5 p.m. The following days will include a full daily schedule of group workshops; individual conferences; fiction, poetry, personal essay and screenwriting performances; and appearances by guest writers. A public reading will close the Writers Workshop on Saturday, July 27.

Workshop activities are held in the Writers Institute House, Apfelbaum Hall and the Degenstein Campus Center, all located within walking distance of air-conditioned residence halls. Residence halls are also located in close proximity to a state-of-the-art fitness and cardio center, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, computer labs and library. Students will receive three meals a day featuring unlimited entrees, soup and salad bar, deli bar and dessert bar.

Workshop Director

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D., Binghamton University. Fiction writer and translator, Dent's debut collection Unfinished Stories of Girls was published in 2014, and she won a 2015 French Voices Award for her work in literary translation.


Karla Kelsey, Ph.D., University of Denver, M.F.A., University of Iowa, is a poet and author of four books, most recently Of Sphere. She edits the Constant Critic, an online journal of book reviews and along with Aaron McCollough she co-publishes SplitLevel Texts.

Monica Prince, M.F.A., Georgia College & State University, is the author of the poetry chapbook Survival Techniques and the choreopoems Testify and Something to Keep Me Vertical. Her work, which focuses on performance, poetry and the blending of genres to create choreopoems, has appeared in TRACK//FOUR, MadCap Review, The Sula Collective and elsewhere.

Glen Retief, Ph.D., Florida State University as well as degrees from his native South Africa, directs the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. His essays and stories have appeared in, among others, The Daily Maverick, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Virginia Quarterly Review. His memoir, The Jack Bank, won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award.

Hasanthika Sirisena, M.F.A., City College of New York. Her essays and stories have appeared in Copper Nickel, The Globe and Mail, WSQ Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. She is also the winner of the 2015 Juniper Prize in Fiction. Her collection The Other One was released by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2016. She is currently an associate fiction editor at West Branch literary magazine.

Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D., Binghamton University, is the recipient of a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kirkus named his collection The Inconvenience of the Wings as one of the Best Books of 2015. Publishers Weekly gave his 2016 debut novel, The People of the Broken Neck, a starred review.

"The 2018 Summer Writers Workshop helped me greatly improve my craft. I learned lots of new tips and tricks to make my poetry the best it could possibly be."

"I would spend another week here if that was an option. I have never been surrounded by people who love writing like I do, and I love it! The vibrant energy is amazing."

"I had a fun time while being pushed to my limit. It was so difficult to challenge myself, but I really enjoyed it."

"I felt supported and cared for, and I'm proud of what I did this week. This was an amazing experience."

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