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Writing - All Genre Programs

Our list of writing programs and writing summer camps for teens has something for everyone. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, poetry or songs, plays or scripts, if you love writing we have the perfect summer program here for you. Develop your 'words' while experiencing new places around the country and across the globe. These programs provide a safe, encouraging atmosphere for budding writers in middle school and high school to hone their writing skills and inspire creativity. We also feature some programs exclusively for girls. Browse through our listings, and have a great summer!


University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory program engages you in the most rigorous and rewarding study of your life.

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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass(opens in a new window)

Intensive fiction and poetry workshops, and exposure to world-renowned authors, for writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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Atlantic Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

Study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

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Creative Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley and Stanford, this two-week imaginative writing program is designed for entering 10th-12th graders. Students choose a focus of Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction.

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio(opens in a new window)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Pre-College Summer Studio--Explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, digital photography, and more while earning college credit.

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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College(opens in a new window)

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This program lets you begin your college journey early.

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help you explore your passions in a supportive environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

A college-level summer program for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our programs give students the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Work with published writers, live on the University of Virginia campus, and join a visionary artist’s community. Take your writing where it’s never been before.

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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios(opens in a new window)

Make art in Ireland during this three-week summer course, studying painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Students learn in a friendly and structured style of life and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College(opens in a new window)

Join our supportive and dynamic community of writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago’s national liberal arts college.

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Harvard Summer School(opens in a new window)

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college experience.

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Focus at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

Summer Focus allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college program at UC Berkeley gives you an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Designed to prepare high school students for the demands of college-level writing.

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school experience for students from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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8 Keys SuperCamp(opens in a new window)

We help you get ready for the world with learning and life skills that get you motivated to make things happen. Fun 7- and 10-day summer programs held on college campuses.

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. We offer 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program(opens in a new window)

A two-week intensive creative writing experience in NYC for girls in grades 9-12. Students and staff stay at Juilliard. Program includes classes, daily writing time, museum visits, city sights and Broadway shows.

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Idyllwild Arts(opens in a new window)

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has offered students of all ages an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

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Corcoran Pre-College Portfolio Development(opens in a new window)

Designed specifically for high school students, who want to prepare themselves for college admission and undergraduate success in photography, fine art, and design.

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute this summer.

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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute(opens in a new window)

We offer 3-week summer classes to teenagers serious about art. All abilities welcome! Classes include video, photography, architecture, sculpture and zine-making

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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

Offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that lovers of the Hunger Games and Elizabethan-era lore will find incorporated into fun events, courses, activities and campus housing for one or two weeks!

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer program for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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Beloit Summer Language(opens in a new window)

If you are serious about learning a language, come to one of the nation’s finest language programs, the Center for Language Studies (CLS) at beautiful Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun. More courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program!

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life!

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming community of outstanding young people, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Discover GW and DC! Two residential programs enable you to explore your academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day mini courses for grades 9-11.

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment(opens in a new window)

JKCP offers an innovative lineup of programs that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.

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Stanford Summer College(opens in a new window)

Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.

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RISD Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

A 6-week program tailored toward highly motivated students who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening activities included.

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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Our exciting Summer Academy for kids in grades 6-10 provides parents and students many different programs to choose from that are flexible and convenient.

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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University of Maryland(opens in a new window)

College-bound middle and high school students pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life. Enjoy interactive activities with students who share similar abilities.

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Smith College(opens in a new window)

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Writing Workshop, Women’s History, Environmental Sustainability, or Engineering. Scholarships available!

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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school students.

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Maine Media Workshops(opens in a new window)

These intensive hands-on programs are taught by working artists using state-of-the-art equipment. Combine an exploration of filmmaking, photography or multimedia with a true summer Maine experience.

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University of Miami Summer Scholar(opens in a new window)

High school sophomores and juniors learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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Sewanee Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Been bitten by the writing bug? Visit us for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

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UNE Early College Creative Writing Program(opens in a new window)

Work with well-known writers, earn college credit, and make friends from across the country! Develop your writing style, and experience life on a college campus. Find inspiration on the scenic Maine coast!

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp(opens in a new window)

Hands-on summer camps available to teenagers 14-17 in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Photography, Musical Theatre, Music Video, Broadcast Journalism and Game Design spanning from one-week to six-weeks.

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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

America’s leading performing arts facility where every child chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

This dynamic program will expand your identity as a writer through intensive workshop experiences.

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive environment with professional artists and instructors.

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Emma Willard's Writer's Retreat(opens in a new window)

Writer’s Retreat enables girls to practice and hone their writing talents. Our program combines specialized courses, activities, and field trips to help girls discover and use their unique voices.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive programs for high school students in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago(opens in a new window)

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week sessions beginning in June and July.

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Emory Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

The Emory Pre-College Program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp(opens in a new window)

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! Get professional instruction, field trips, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor studios, lots of art, gourmet food, and FUN! No applications, portfolios or previous art training needed. Ages 14-16.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake(opens in a new window)

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer opportunities in theater, creative writing and visual art for students ages 13-18. Come immerse yourself in poetry, fiction, playwriting, acting, dance, and musical theater right outside Boston!

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding programs for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania(opens in a new window)

Summer at Penn provides among the most comprehensive and academically-stimulating credit course offerings in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity to assess your talents, interests, and values. Your experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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USC Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Workshops include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students(opens in a new window)

Explore an array of exciting subjects for high school students at Georgetown University this summer. Space is limited; apply today to secure your spot.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment, internship, and middle-school enrichment programs.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic program allows high school students to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute(opens in a new window)

Directly observe and research whales, dolphins, porpoise, puffins, seals in their natural habitat. College credit for writing and art programs. Based on beautiful Grand Manan Island between Maine & Nova Scotia.

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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts(opens in a new window)

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts program for high schoolers, where you’ll learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

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Cornell University Summer College(opens in a new window)

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students this summer taking college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and exploring college and career options.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer program for gifted students. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts(opens in a new window)

BIMA engages Jewish teens in an intensive summer arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.

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Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop(opens in a new window)

Since 1983 the Young Writers Workshop has offered students the opportunity to explore new directions in their writing in a supportive, collaborative environment.

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Omega Teen Camp(opens in a new window)

Omega Teen Camp is an exciting summer program designed to provide teenagers, ages 13-17, with dynamic experiences to strengthen self-esteem, develop lasting friendships, and have the time of their lives.

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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college program for credit for high school juniors and seniors. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school students who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

Internationally recognized for our programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You’ll find a dynamic, intense student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program(opens in a new window)

The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University offers a full schedule of courses and activities for college credit. Experience Boston and college life.

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Design at Harvard(opens in a new window)

Our summer Career Discovery program helps you decide if a career in design is right for you and prepares you for admission to a professional degree program.

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Boston Architectural Center(opens in a new window)

A summer program for high school students entering grades 10-12 who want to explore architecture and interior design.

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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Explore art, design, architecture, creative writing and more in an art-school setting for four weeks while earning college credit and experiencing college life.

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Ringling College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

This four-week intensive provides HS students with focused, challenging artistic experiences in a structured, rigorous program. Integrates fundamental studio practices with major-specific immersions and a robust student life.

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Parsons Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

This summer, students from around the world will come to Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris to learn more about design and themselves through intensive pre-college courses.

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UNE Early College Programs(opens in a new window)

Immerse yourself in an accelerated program in Coastal Marine Ecology, Creative Writing (Poetry), Neuroscience, or Pre-Law. Experience college life on the scenic Maine coast, and earn 3 college credits. Scholarships available!

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Southern California Institute of Architecture(opens in a new window)

Design Immersion Days introduces students to careers in architecture and design through the exploration of how products, buildings, and environments are imagined and made.

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Video Production Camp(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, our future filmmakers’ creativity and technology skills will definitely be challenged! Students entering grades 7-12 work with top Bay Area professionals and start shooting on day one!

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

We seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds and educate them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Iowa Young Writers Studio(opens in a new window)

Join us this summer to share your work, practice craft, and improve your writing. Find out how much your writing can improve after just 2 intensive weeks!

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Corcoran Summer Photography Programs(opens in a new window)

The Corcoran’s Focus on Photojournalism and Focus on Fine Art Photography programs allow students interested in photography to develop their skills as well as their portfolios.

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Duke University Youth Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer enrichment opportunities for students in grades 9-11. Creative writing, performing arts, leadership/service learning, and college selection/admissions. Study with professionals and published writers.

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Washington University Summer(opens in a new window)

Get a taste of college life, live in residence halls, and make new friends from around the world.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Barnard Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school young men and women from across the country and around the world!

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Savannah College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

SCAD offers summer art camps and workshops for younger teens in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and a precollege experience for rising high school seniors in Savannah.

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