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Summer Creative Writing Programs and Creative Writing Camps - New York / New York State

Creative Writing Institute VIRTUAL Camp  |  Pratt PreCollege Summer Program Immerse yourself in Art, Design, Architecture, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies and more  |  Ithaca Young Writers Institute Two-week residential program open to all High School Students  |  Precollege Programs in Arts- COMMUTER Filmmaking, Visual Arts, Photography, Acting, Vocal, Songwriting, Creative Writing, Musical Theatre, and Interior Design

Alfred, NY - Alfred University
Creative Writing Institute VIRTUAL Camp

Typically, Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this popular co-ed, overnight summer camp. Due to its popularity, we will be offering this camp in an ONLINE VIRTUAL learning format in the summer of 2020!
Monday, July 13th - Thursday, July 16th, 2020
The application deadline is July 6th, 2020
• The Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp provides an introduction to a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.
• Students participate in writing intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: voice, character, image, scene, and setting.
• Students will have an opportunity to participate in workshop sessions in which they will read and discuss each other’s work with an eye towards revision.
• Students will also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose. Discussions are lively, and students will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty.
• All students receive a certificate of completion as well as an anthology of all students’ work from the Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp. Students who later choose to apply for admission to Alfred University as an undergraduate student will have the admissions application fee waived and will be eligible for an Alfred University VISA scholarship.
• Dedicated access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity is required.
Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for students entering grades 10-12 who love to write and want to learn new ways to improve their writing skills with others who share their passion! Rising 9th graders with an advanced aptitude and interest in writing are also welcome to apply!
Students attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
The cost for students is $100.00. Students who later choose to apply for admission to Alfred University will have the admissions fee waived and will be eligible for a VISA scholarship.
How To Apply:
We will again be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.
To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Program Information:
The following are also required to complete your application to the camp:
Email the Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp program director Susan Morehouse a letter expressing your interest in being considered to join the camp. In your application email, please include the following:
A one-page essay telling us in your own words why you would like to attend this program Two samples of your creative writing (not longer than 4 pages each - can be excerpts from longer works) The application deadline is July 6th, so apply today!
Acceptance Next Steps: The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Susan Morehouse.

Office of Summer Programs
Alfred University
Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Telephone:   (607) 871-2173
Web Site:   

Alfred, N.Y.
Brooklyn, NY - Pratt Institute
Pratt PreCollege Summer Program
Immerse yourself in Art, Design, Architecture, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies and more

The following program is being converted to an ONLINE FORMAT for the Summer of 2020 and will be posted very soon on this page, so please check back. What you see below is now inactive.
The program will return in the Summer of 2021.
The PreCollege Program
Each summer Pratt Institute’s PreCollege program welcomes nearly 400 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to our Brooklyn campus, where they encounter life as an art and design college student. Students choose a concentration modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings. To complement this course, students are automatically enrolled in foundation, art history and portfolio development classes. Upon completion of the program students earn four elective college credits. This is an intensive full-time program; classes meet Mon-Fri, and extra-curricular cultural and social activities are scheduled evenings and weekends.
Concentrations include: Architecture, Art and Design Discovery, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Digital Arts: 2D/ Traditional Animation, Digital Arts: Art and Technology, Fashion Design, Film/Video, Fine Arts/Painting and Drawing, Fine Arts: Sculpture, Graphic Design, Illustration (Digital), Illustration (Traditional), Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Photography: Black and White Analog, Photography: Digital, Sequential Art and the Comic Book

PreCollege Program, Pratt Institute
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ithaca, NY - Ithaca College
Ithaca Young Writers Institute at Ithaca College
Two-week residential program open to all High School Students

Begin your writing odyssey in Ithaca. The Ithaca Young Writers Institute, a noncredit summer program for high school students, offers two weeks of intensive creative and professional writing workshops on the campus of Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College’s Department of Writing. Students spend mornings in two-hour workshops, focusing on the genre of their choice (Fiction, Personal Essay/Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy.) Students spend afternoons in lectures and craft classes that allow them to experiment across the genres: Flash Fiction/Nonfiction; Magazine Editing and Publishing; Submission, Rejection, and Publication; Reading to Write; Writing as a Critic; Writing Children's Literature. In the evenings, they participate in a student reading series and interact directly with visiting writers and publishing professionals who have expert insight into the craft and business of writing.

Program Information:
July 5 to July 17, 2020. Coed. Residential program with a commuter option.
Enrollment is competitive. Must demonstrate writing proficiency in chosen genre.
APPLICATION: Applications open January 15. Complete the online application by June 1.
You may apply in two genres, but you will only be accepted into one.
Upload a writing sample(s): For Poetry, 3–5 poems (no more than 10 pages). For Fiction, Personal Essay, Sci/Fi Fantasy, 5–10 pages, double-spaced
FEES: Residential: $2,330. Commuter: $1,165 (Click on website link for further details.)

Office of Extended Studies
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone:   (607) 274-3143
Web Site:   

Ithaca, N.Y.
Purchase (Westchester), NY - SUNY Purchase College
SUNY Purchase College Precollege Programs in the Arts- COMMUTER
Filmmaking, Visual Arts, Photography, Acting, Vocal, Songwriting, Creative Writing, Musical Theatre, and Interior Design

For passionate high school artists (grades 9-12 unless otherwise noted) and those planning to pursue the arts on the college level. Portfolio/performance building opportunities and audition training techniques. Earn certification letters based upon participation and attendance. Schedules allow for more than one art form. Participate in a performance, exhibition, or publication for friends and family.
2020 Programs
Songwriting Workshop (Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 10. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition). Develop your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs! Receive instruction on piano and/or guitar, lyric writing, music theory and arranging. Learn to use Pro-Tools and Garage Band. Receive a DVD of the concert!
Acting Intensive (Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 24. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,300/$2,070 (discounted tuition). Ranked as a Top 15 Precollege Summer Theater Program by backstage! Learn important acting practices of modern theater through scene work by developing the skills of building acting practices of modern theater through scene work by developing the skills of building characters, playing objectives, and expressing interior emotions physically and vocally. Perfect for beginners and advanced actors alike. Receive a DVD of the final performance!
Filmmaking Institute (Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 24. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,300/$1,070 (discounted tuition). Bring your video camera! Advance your knowledge of visual storytelling. Write, direct, and act in original movies. Produce work that may be used in the college application process. Edit using professional software. View your film at the final screening and receive a recording of your movie!
Musical Theatre Bootcamp (Grades 9-12)
July 27-July 31. Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm. $950/$855 (discounted tuition). Improve your musical theatre technique and gain confidence and a stronger understanding of the audition process for musical theatre and the many paths to performance! Identify the multitude of character “types” in musical theatre, which will help you choose, prepare, and practice a variety of audition materials. Receive daily instruction in acting, voice, and dance.
Acting On Camera Bootcamp (Grades 9-12)
August 3- August 7. Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm. $950/$855 (discounted tuition). Through daily on-camera work, learn to perform for the camera and gain an awareness of how the camera affects your performance. Discover how TV/film auditions differ from stage auditions and what to expect and how to prepare for them. Investigate the many pathways to performance in film/TV work. The skills you study in Acting for the Camera will support your work in any theatrical medium!
Creative Writing Workshop (Grades 9-12)
July 13-July 24. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition). Create and share original work in a workshop-style format focusing on voice, character, tone, plot, and point of view. Produce polished pieces for COLLEGE ESSAYS and/or award submissions.
Vocal Intensive (Grades 9-12)
July 13 - July 24. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition). Learn to unlock the full potential of your voice through choral and solo training. Pursue an in- depth study of vocal skills and concepts as well as music theory. Receive a DVD of the final performance.
28th Annual Visual Arts Institute (Grades 10-12)
July 13 - August 7. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,300/$2,070 (discounted tuition). Attend master workshops in drawing & painting and sculpture and an elective of your choice. Learn how to develop your portfolio and document your work. Display your work in the exhibition!
Interior Design Intensive (Grades 9–12)
July 27–August 7. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,800 (discounted tuition). Discover the creative spirit in you and learn how to see and think like an interior designer! Study problem solving, space planning, history, math, color, materials, and architectural drawing. You will be introduced to observational sketching and skills used by interior designers to fully illustrate your concepts and to bring your ideas, flat elevations, and floor plans to life.
New! Photography Workshop (Grades 10-12)
June 29–July 10. $1,200/$1,800 (discounted tuition). Develop technical and aesthetic skills of digital photography! Understand camera operation, shutter speed, focal length, and composition, and more while mastering file management and image enhancement. Display your framed work at the final exhibition!
Early Drop-Off & Extended Day Options starting at 8am & ending at 5:30pm!
SAVE 10% when you pay in full by the early registration deadline, May 8, 2020

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Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts
SUNY Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Telephone:   (914) 251-6500
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Purchase (Westchester), N.Y.



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