Summer Writers Institute for High School Students Hosted by Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—High school students with a passion for writing are invited to learn more about the craft at the first annual Ithaca Writers Institute, hosted by the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. The noncredit summer program offers two weeks of intensive writing workshops on campus from June 30 to July 12.

Unlike most other programs for young writers, which focus primarily on creative writing, the Ithaca institute will include a wide range of both creative and professional writing courses, from poetry to publishing. Taught by faculty from the college’s Department of Writing, with assistance from talented undergraduates, the program mirrors the department’s own curriculum, giving aspiring young writers an immersive experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

Morning workshops allow students to focus on a genre of their choice, while afternoon craft classes and lectures 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. In the evenings, they will 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.

This year’s institute faculty are Katharyn Howd Machan (poetry), Nick Kowalczyk (magazine writing), Katie Marks (personal essay), Diane McPherson (graphic narratives), Jim Stafford (editing and publishing) and Jack Wang (fiction). Special guests will include Kody Keplinger, writer of the young adult novels “The DUFF” and “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” — and a former student in the Ithaca College writing program — and literary agent and author Leslie Daniels.

The director of the Ithaca Writers Institute, Eleanor Henderson, is the author of the novel “Ten Thousand Saints,” which was named one of the top 10 books of 2011 by the New York Times.

Any current high school freshman, sophomore or junior interested in learning more about the program is invited to visit or e-mail Eleanor Henderson at The application deadline is April 15.

Eleanor Henderson is director of the Ithaca Writers Institute