Date: November 2, 2020

Attention high school creative writers!

Would you like feedback on your creative writing from a published author and a small, informed group of passionate peers?

If so, you will want to join us November 2nd for our Virtual Creative Writing Day!

Register here until October 19th!

For nearly thirty years, Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute has invited high school writers to campus for Creative Writing Day—a series of readings, workshops, and information about our creative writing program. While COVID-19 prevents us from hosting you in person, we’ve planned a special afternoon of creative writing and are delighted to extend this invitation to you.

Creative Writing Day 2020’s workshops will take place via zoom from 4:15-6:15 PM (EST) on November 2nd. Students attending this year’s Creative Writing Day will participate in intimate, college-style workshops, receiving personalized feedback on writing that they submit in advance of their zoom session.

Workshops are entirely free, and we welcome registration from individual high school students and high school teachers, who can register up to five students.

Along with student workshops, from 7-8 PM (EST) Karla Kelsey, Director of Creative Writing will hold an information session for students and parents about the Writers Institute and majoring in creative writing at Susquehanna University. Parents, participating students, and high school teachers are welcome to attend this session.

Our goal this year is to offer unique, intensive workshops that give high school students the experience of being part of a community of dedicated writers. We hope you will come write with us on November 2nd!

The details:

Workshops will be led by Susquehanna University’s faculty of published authors.

Workshops will be capped at 8-10 students each, providing individual attention and feedback to each writer.

When registering students select between the fiction and poetry workshop. Fiction includes everything from sci-fi to short stories and novel excerpts. Poetry welcomes everything from poems written for the page to performance and spoken word poetry.

When registering you will be asked to upload a public, sharable link to a four-page manuscript of your own creative writing. This will allow us to create workshop packets, which we will distribute to your group via email prior to the November 2nd session. This can be a Google Doc, Sharepoint, or Drop Box File.*
Please make sure your name is on your document.

Upon completion of registration you will receive your workshop zoom link for November 2nd.

Prior to your November 2nd session you will receive an email with your workshop packet of peer manuscripts and instructions for how to prepare for your workshop.

In your November 2nd workshop session students and faculty will discuss each writer’s manuscript, offering personalized suggestions and inspiration for future creative projects. 

Please email Ashley Houtz with questions and for more information at

*To create the link in Google Docs, use the following steps:

  1. Make sure your document is in a single four-page file with your name on it.
  2. Open your file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  3. In the top right corner, click Share.

  4. Click on the “Get Link” box.
  5. Use the arrow to change from “Restricted” to “Anyone with the link can view.” This will allow us to access your file and prepare the workshop packet to send to your group.
  6. Click “Copy link.”
  7. Paste the link into the registration form.