Begin Your Writing Odyssey in Ithaca

Alumni know all about Ithaca College's long reputation for blending praxis with the arts. And those who were lucky enough to spend a summer in Ithaca know what a beautiful place it is when the snow melts and the gorges come to life. Now, a brand new summer program will give high school students a chance to experience the literary arts on the Ithaca College campus.

The Department of Writing is pleased to announce the Ithaca Writers Institute, offering two weeks of intensive writing workshops 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.

How It Works

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.

Know Someone Who's Interested?

If you know any current high school freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with a passion for writing, please invite them to visit or email program director Eleanor Henderson at

Originally published in Alumni: Begin Your Writing Odyssey in Ithaca