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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!


Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs

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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Atlantic Center for the Arts

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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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute

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

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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

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Harvard Summer School

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

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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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Great Summers

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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UCSD Writing Online

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

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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs

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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Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College

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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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy

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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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

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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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania

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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Emma Willard's Writer's Retreat

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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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake

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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Duke University Youth Programs

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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Parsons Summer Programs

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

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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New York Film Academy Summer Camp

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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Abroad Programs by SPI

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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Corcoran Pre-College Portfolio Development

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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Boston Architectural Center

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

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute

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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Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop

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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Montserrat College of Art

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

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Cushing Academy

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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Augustana Summer Academy

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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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute

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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Washington University Summer

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

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Maine Media Workshops

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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Interlochen Center for the Arts

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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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios

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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Southern California Institute of Architecture

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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Earlham Explore-A-College

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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Creative Writing Institute

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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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program

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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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships

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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Barnard Pre-College Program

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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8 Keys SuperCamp

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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Emerson College Summer Programs

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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US Performing Arts

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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School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Pre-College Summer Studio

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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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege

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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Yale Summer

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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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students

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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Portsmouth Abbey

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

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Putney School Summer Programs

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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Northwestern University College Prep Program

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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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program

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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Savannah College of Art and Design

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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Blue Tree creative programs for girls

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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Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students

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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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass

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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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs

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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UNE Early College Creative Writing Program

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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Omega Teen Camp

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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Emory Pre-College Program

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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Idyllwild Arts

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 Summer Photography Programs

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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Ringling College of Art and Design

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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Iowa Young Writers Studio

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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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College

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

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University of Miami Summer Scholar

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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Focus at UC Berkeley

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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Smith College

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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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

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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California College of the Arts Pre-College Program

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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Video Production Camp

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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The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers

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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Beloit Summer Language

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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Syracuse Summer College

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

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Cornell University Summer College

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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Pratt Summer

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

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USC Summer Programs

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

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Sewanee Young Writers

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

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University of Chicago Summer

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

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Design at Harvard

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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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts

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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Summer Institute for the Gifted

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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Great Books Summer Program

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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Center for Creative Youth

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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Oxbow Summer Art Camp

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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RISD Pre-College Program

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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French Woods Festival

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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Stanford Summer College

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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University of Maryland

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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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts

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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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute

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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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program

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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Tufts Summer Study

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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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College

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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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment

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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Travel for Teens

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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