Join Us July 19-25, 2020

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, our 2020 Summer Writers Workshop will be held online! Writing faculty will offer virtual workshops from Sunday, July 19, to Saturday, July 25, with space limited to 12 students each.

Participants will begin Sunday afternoon by virtually meeting each other—as well as the teaching assistants, who are all undergraduate creative writing majors at Susquehanna University. On Monday morning, participants will meet their instructor and begin the weeklong workshop conducted through Zoom and other online resources.

Workshops will vary by instructor and genre, but all will discuss specific areas of craft, read writing samples, receive writing prompts, workshop the students’ new writing, and have individual conferences with the writing faculty. At the end of the week, we will hold a virtual final performance, and of course, all students will be invited to publish their writing in our annual Workshop Anthology.

Because we are moving this summer’s program online, fees are being reduced by 42 percent.

An exciting experience now in its 33rd 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 fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, 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.

Experienced writers entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2020—and this summer only, students entering 10th grade in the fall of 2020—are eligible to attend the 2020 Summer Writers Workshop. Please submit a nonreturnable writing portfolio containing 5–6 poems or 6–8 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction as part of the registration process.

The Summer Writers Workshop offers a variety of writing activities throughout the week to help you become a better writer. You’ll also get valuable 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 or creative nonfiction.
  • 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 fee includes personalized instruction, a t-shirt and SU swag bag (notepad, pen, water bottle, and thumb drive) mailed to your home prior to the start of the program, and an anthology including your fiction or poetry mailed to your home in October.

Fee for Summer Writers Workshop Online:
$500.00

Scholarships 

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 measures of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.

Deadlines

All registrations for the online workshop must be submitted no later than July 13. A non-refundable $150 deposit is due at registration. We will send information about paying the balance, which is due Monday, July 6.

Summer 2020 Only:

Summer Writers Workshop Online attendees must check in through Zoom (link to be provided) on Sunday, July 19, at 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 and creative nonfiction performances, and appearances by guest writers. A public reading will close the Writers Workshop on Saturday, July 25.

Regular Program (to resume in Summer 2021):

On Sunday, Summer Writers Workshop attendees must arrive at Susquehanna University between 2 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 and creative nonfiction performances, and appearances by guest writers. A public reading will close the Writers Workshop on Saturday, the last day of the program.

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. All students are housed two to a room unless otherwise requested.

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address dent@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4518

Karla Anne Kelsey, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English & Creative Writing

kelseykarla@susqu.edu
570-372-4525

Monica Prince

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address prince@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4514

Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

zobal@susqu.edu
570-372-4538

Glen Retief, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address retief@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4035

Hasanthika Sirisena

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

sirisena@susqu.edu
570-372-4755

Matthew Neill Null

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address nullm@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4383

“I am proud of the work I completed. Having workshops was very helpful for constructive criticism.”

“Having the opportunity to experience a class, while living on a college campus, has given me a clearer sense of what my own college experience will be like.”

“I wrote something different from my normal and I really improved.”

“I had a lot of fun! The field trips were amazing, and I had great writing time. Thank you for an awesome experience.”

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Mailing Address

Writers Institute
514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

610 University Ave.

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Phone & Email

570-372-4518
dent@susqu.edu