“Do you love to write? Get ready for 2013 summer programs”

Are you an aspiring writer; and if so, do you want to perfect your skills next summer?

There are several 2013 writing programs that have announced their schedule; most notably, at the campuses of Kenyon College, Dension University, and Smith College.  If you read my last article regarding 2013 summer enrichment opportunities, I mentioned that many of the selective programs have early application deadline dates, so if interested, start exploring your options very soon.

Kenyon College is a private, liberal arts institution in Gambier, Ohio; approximately 45 miles from Columbus.  The Young Writers Workshop is for high school students, ages 16-18. It is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, creative, and highly motivated high school students who want to enhance their writing skills. The program’s goal is to help participants become better, more productive writers, and more engaged thinkers. Kenyon College is renowned for its tradition of literary study. The program is sponsored by The Kenyon Review, one of the country’s distinguished literary magazines.

The Young Writers Workshop is a two-week residential program, offered June 23-July 6 and July 14-27.  The application site for Young Writers will open January, 2013.  In addition to this form, each student must also submit a brief story or essay (not to exceed 300 words) that summarizes interest for participating in the program, as well as proposed contribution to the workshop. A teacher’s letter of recommendation, a high school transcript, and an optional financial aid application must also be postmarked and/or submitted electronically no later than March 1, 2013.

Kenyon offers the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for high school sophomores and juniors, also sponsored by The Kenyon Review.  The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize is a competitive opportunity to qualify for the summer Young Writers Workshop.  The winning poem and runners-up will be chosen by the Kenyon Review staff and earn presentation in the KR publication. Additionally, the winner is offered a full scholarship to the 2013 Young Writers Workshop.

There are only 7 more days left to submit a poem! The site will close on November 30, 2012. Applicants should submit one poem through the online submissions program. There is no entry fee.

Denison University is located in Granville, Ohio; approximately 27 miles from Columbus.  They sponsor the Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, now in its eighteenth year.  The program is open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  It is an eight-day residential summer program that offers collaboration with professional poets, fiction and nonfiction writers on Denison’s campus. The program dates are June 23 to 30, 2013.

Visit the Reynolds Young Writers website at reynolds.denison.edu, where you will find full details about the program, photo galleries, a blog, and downloadable application forms. This year’s applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013.

Smith College is a private, liberal arts women’s institution located in Northampton, MA.  It is a member of the Five College Consortium.  Smith College is located approximately 20 miles from Hartford, CT.  One of the five residential 2013 Pre College Programs for Girls is the Young Women’s Writing Workshop.

Smith’s Young Women’s Writing Workshop focuses on poetry, creative writing, creative fiction, and reporting and writing for radio, just to name a few. Participants are given the chance to work with published authors, lay the groundwork for a strong writing portfolio, and learn the steps involved in becoming a published writer.  The application site will be available January, 2013 and forms must be submitted online.

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