Morning workshops allow students to focus on a genre of their choice, while afternoon craft classes give them the opportunity to learn about and experiment with other kinds of writing. So, students studying fiction can try their hand at sketching a comic book, while magazine writers can roll up their sleeves and see what editing a magazine is really like. After class, students enjoy a range of campus activities, from swimming to Quidditch.
Classes are held Monday through Friday. Over the weekend, students will enjoy more writing time and more opportunities to see Ithaca—including the Farmers Market and Taughannock Falls State Park—as well as to interact with students in the Summer College for High School Students, who share living and dining space with Institute students.
Outside of workshops and classes, students are chaperoned by Ithaca College Writing majors, residential assistants who double as teaching assistants. These experienced undergraduates are available to guide students in their writing throughout the day, starting with a morning warm-up session in the writing lab. And in the evening, the Institute's reading series brings students, TAs, and faculty together to share their work.