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COVID-19 Vaccination and Policies

Before applying to the program and paying any fees or deposits, please review our COVID-19 policy carefully.

Participants must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster dose as defined by the CDC, and may not participate unless fully immunized and boosted (2 weeks after receiving a booster dose). Participants will be required to present proof of vaccination. Again, please note that you must be fully immunized by the time you arrive. Refunds are not provided to individuals who fail to provide proof of vaccination.

Participants must abide by all campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols in effect at the time of the summer intensive. Please note that these may change over time as we adjust to continue to respond to the pandemic. Failure to abide by health and safety protocols will result in removal from the program, and refunds are not provided to individuals who fail to comply with health and safety protocols.

In addition, depending upon the level of community transmission, it is possible that participants will be required to test, at their own cost, prior to traveling to Ithaca.

Age Eligibility

High school students completing their first year, sophomore, and junior year of high school are eligible to apply to the Ithaca Young Writers Institute. Incoming first-year Ithaca College writing degree students are also eligible.

How to Apply

Incoming First Year Ithaca College Students

Admitted IC students starting their writing degree fall 2022, sign up for the Ithaca Young Writers Institute here.

High School Students

  1. Applications are currently closed for our summer 2022 program. Submit the online application. (Applicants must create a Campminder account.) You may apply in two genres, but you will only be accepted into one. 

  2. Save your username and password!

  3. Include Parent/Guardian info first, or else we'll think you have your parent's name!

  4. Once you've submitted the application, and it's time to upload additional application requirements, like your writing samples, visit the LOGIN page, and sign in using the username and password you created.

  5. Click the link for Documents and follow the instructions to upload.

  6. Submit a writing sample: For Poetry, 3–5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages; For Fiction and Sci/Fi Fantasy, 5–10 pages, double-spaced. For cross-genre Personal Essay / Creative Nonfiction, students may upload a sample of 5-10 pages containing either poems, a true story or personal essay, text/image combination, or any combination of the above (as long as it is 5-10 pages). Writing Samples can be returned in one of the following ways:

  • Uploaded to your application account using the account username and password created during the application process. If you're returning to your account to upload documents, visit the LOGIN page, and click on the link for Documents;
  • or faxed to 866-924-6272;
  • or mailed to Ithaca Young Writers Institute, Ithaca College, Extended Studies Job Hall  208, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850;
  • or emailed as a PDF to iwi@ithaca.edu (We're sorry, but Google Docs are not accepted.)

There is no application fee.

Early application is recommended. Application deadline: June 15. Applications will not be considered complete until writing samples have been received.

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Refund Policy

Full refunds of paid program fees are due to withdrawal from the program by June 27 will be provided. Partial refunds of program fees after June 27 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Refund requests should be made in writing to the Office of Extended Studies. 

No refunds are given to participants who fail to comply with COVID-19 policies or who are dismissed from a program.

Disability Accommodation

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact iwi@ithaca.edu.

We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible