How to Apply & Cost


Students just completing their freshmen, sophomore, and junior year are eligible to apply to the Ithaca Writers Institute.

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications are open.

  1. Complete the online application by May 15th - EXTENDED TO JUNE 1. You may apply in two genres, but you will only be accepted into one.

  2. Submit a writing sample:

For Poetry, 3–5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages
For Fiction, Memoir, Sci/Fi Fantasy, 5–10 pages, double-spaced

Writing Samples can be returned in one of the following ways:

  • Uploaded to your Campminder account using the account username and password created during the application process. If you're returning to your account to upload documents, visit the CampMinder LOGIN page, and click on the link for Documents;
  • or faxed to 866-924-6272;
  • or mailed to Summer College for High School Students, Ithaca College, Office of Extended Studies, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850;
  • or emailed as a PDF to (We're sorry but Google Docs are not accepted.)

There is no application fee. Early application is recommended. The deadline to apply is May 15th. (After May 15, applications will be accepted on a space available basis only.) Online applications will not be considered complete until writing samples have been received.


Tuition for the 2019 Ithaca Writers Institute is $2,330. This fee includes room and board in an Ithaca College residence hall, a campus meal plan, and all required activities.

Commuter rate: $1,165. This rate includes lunch and dinner. Because program activities continue into the evening, meal plans are required for commuter students.

For accepted students, payment of the program fee is due in full by May 15 (June 1 for late acceptances.)

Financial Aid

A limited number of need-based, partial scholarships are available for U.S. residents.

We're sorry, but financial aid is unavailable for international students.

Requests for aid must be submitted to by April 1 to be considered.

Collaborating on a writing exercise.

Applications are open.

  1. Apply for the first time using the online application.
  2. Save your username and password!
  3. Be sure to 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.
Willa Decker-Lee

"IWI was the necessary bridge between turning my interest in writing into a passion in motion."

-Willa Decker-Lee

Disability Accommodation

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact

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