Begin Your Writing Odyssey in Ithaca


Contributed by Kimberly Anderson

Do you know any current high school freshmen, sophmores, or juniors with a passion for writing?

If so, please encourage them to consider the Ithaca Writers Institute, a brand new noncredit summer program for high school students.  Offering two weeks of intensive writing workshops on the campus of Ithaca College, the first Institute will take place from June 30 to July 12, 2013.

Unlike most other young writers conferences, which focus primarily on creative writing, the Ithaca Writers Institute hosts a wide range of both creative and professional writing courses, from poetry to publishing. Taught by the distinguished faculty of the college’s Department of Writing, with assistance from the Department’s most talented undergraduates, the curriculum mirrors the Department’s own unique curriculum, giving aspiring young writers an immersive conference experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

Students spend mornings in two-hour workshops, focusing on the genre of their choice, and spend afternoons in lectures and craft classes that allow them to experiment across the genres. 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.

The Ithaca Writers Institute is a place where promising students come together to celebrate, study, and practice the creation of literature, laying the foundation for a successful life of writing.

Please encourage interested high school writers to visit or to email Director Eleanor Henderson at The application deadline is April 1.