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NYS Summer Young Writers Institute

NYS Summer Young Writers Institute

July 1 - 13, 2019

The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute will be held at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York from July 1 - 13, 2019.

Participants in the Summer Young Writers Institute receive instruction in poetry, fiction, and dramatic writing (screenwriting, playwriting, and dramatic monologue) and engage in the critical evaluation of each other’s work. By bringing top high school student writers together to work extensively with professional writers, the Institute provides young artists with recognition, respect, opportunities for artistic development, and peer support.

The Institute is open to any high school student entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2019, who is a resident of the United States. Approximately 40 students will be chosen, based on the submission of creative writing samples (see application for details). Full and partial scholarships are available to participants based on financial need.

The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute celebrates its 21th annual creative writing workshop for high school students in conjunction with the Office of Special Programs at Skidmore College and the New York State Writers Institute at the State University of New York at Albany.  The Institute was founded by its Director, William Patrick, in 1998 and held on the shores of Lake George in Silver Bay, prior to moving to its current location at Skidmore College in 2008.
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Top reasons to attend the Summer Young Writers Institute from former participants

  • This was a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing experience for me. I have never learned more or met better people than I have here. My two summers here have been so important to me as a person, and as a writer. I’ve made amazing friends who I know will always support my creative work. The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute inspired me with writing ideas unlike any other program I have experienced.  
  • Honestly, what could be bad about being with a bunch of people exactly like you, in a college dorm, with amazing food, informative and chill classes, famous authors—and staying up late. Oh yeah: NOTHING! I learned a lot from this writing camp. It REALLY inspired me to write, and it taught me to do it better.  
  • I loved being here at Skidmore. The ability to be surrounded by peers and teachers who live and breathe writing was sweet. I learned a lot about myself as a writer and made exceptional friends who stayed up with me into the wee hours of the night, writing and laughing. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to work with published writers and hear them critique my work. This truly has been a life-changing experience.  
  • The week here has shown me that there are other teenagers like myself who genuinely love to write. It was shocking to me to be around other kids who really liked sharing what they wrote and getting feedback. I have never before stayed up until 1 a.m. doing an impromptu poetry reading.  
  • I came here for the writing, but as the week went on I learned so much more. The people I met I will never forget. On the very first day, everyone was welcoming. The faculty was very outgoing and got to know us all almost immediately. The RAs were down to earth and allowed us the freedom we deserved. They even brought us to see fireworks. It is an experience I will never forget.
  • While I can’t say that the Institute changed my life, everything I learned and did this week has been absolutely amazing. This week forced me to write and forced me outside my comfort zone when it comes to writing. The whole week was beneficial and, if I weren’t a senior, I’d come back in a heartbeat.  
  • The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute has been an absolutely amazing opportunity. I met awesome people with similar interests. We all became friends instantly. My writing skills and areas of interest have expanded greatly during my time here. This was a valuable experience that I will carry with me for a very long time.