July 14–20, 2024
An exciting experience now in its 37th 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 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.
Students entering grades 10–12 are invited to register. Participants will be required to submit a writing portfolio containing 3–5 pages of any creative writing in any genre; fiction, poetry, memoir, journalism or plays, as part of the registration process.
The 2024 Summer Pre-College Program information and registration will be available soon. See below for a sampling of program highlights, information to know and instructors.
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 30 new pages.
- Workshop your new work in a supportive environment.
- Practice the art of revision.
- Have individual conferences with your professor.
- Undertake exciting, hands-on exercises to spark your creativity — from describing how to dismember a fish, to dreaming up lives for people buried in a cemetery near our campus.
- Enjoy a field trip to one of the world’s best used bookstores, a hidden Pennsylvania treasure.
- Perform your new work in the Saturday Student Reading.
- Publish your new work in the SWW Anthology.
Summer Writers Workshop attendees must arrive at Susquehanna University between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on July 9 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 near tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, indoor swimming pool, computer labs, art gallery and library. Students will receive three meals per day featuring unlimited entrees and soup and salad, deli and dessert bars. All students will be housed in single rooms unless otherwise requested.