Advanced Writing Seminar

An immersive-two-week virtual experience for dedicated teen writers.

Application Only

Applications are being accepted for Session 4, August 10th to August 21st. Apply Now

The deadline for the seminar sessions 1, 2, and 3 has passed, please contact yael@writopialab.org to learn about late applications.

seriousteensWritopia Lab’s Teen Writing Seminar is open to rising juniors, seniors, and college freshmen. Over the course of two weeks, participants will delve into their craft with published authors, and will meet and share their work with literary agents and editors. Each day will begin with a small author-led fiction workshop (8 - 10 participants) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST. During workshop, writers will have time to develop their own creative pieces, participate in creative writing exercises, and receive feedback on their work from the instructor and their peers. In the afternoons, writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry, memoir, ekphrastic writing, and more.

Throughout the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to work closely with published authors, agents, and publishing editors. Writers will also take part in evening readings, salons, and craft talks, as well as unstructured time to connect as a community of writers.

During this program I not only discovered my love for the memoir genre (previously, I didn't think my life was worthy of discussion, let alone glorification via the written word), but was comforted by the presence of like-minded people my age who are deeply passionate about creative writing. It can't go without mentioning that everybody was supremely well-read and talented- it felt right to be surrounded by people who were on my level. Moreover, what I had thought was an incurable bout of writer's block was completely eliminated by the fun, diverse writing activities/prompts/games offered and initiated by my instructors. Because of those, I now have three works-in-progress that I'm particularly proud of and excited to continue writing for the rest of the summer. Kimberly


National Seminar

Writers may apply for multiple sessions.
Session 1: June 29th - July 10th
Session 2: July 13th - 24th
Session 3: July 27th - August 7th
Session 4: August 10th - August 21st (This session has a track for freshmen and sophomores.)

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM (daily) with additional evening seminars, salons, and optional activities
Tuition: $1,850

The Application

Applications are being accepted for Session 4, August 10th to August 21st. Apply Now

The deadline for the seminar sessions 1, 2, and 3 has passed, please contact yael@writopialab.org to learn about late applications.

Application Includes:
Writing Sample
Writer’s Statement
Letter of Recommendation or teacher email contact

Program Includes:

Multi-Genre Workshop

Each day is rooted in the three-hour multi-genre workshop, in which writers will have the time to develop their work, whether it be fiction, poetry, plays, or memoir. In this supportive but rigorous environment, writers will receive daily feedback on their work and will also participate in exercises, games, and lively group discussions.

Memoir Elective

In the memoir elective, writers spend time in self-reflection and contemplate the memories and experiences that made them who they are. Writers will learn about the important interplay between the writer's past and present self, and how to turn their own experiences — both momentous and mundane — into beautifully crafted memoirs.

Poetry Elective

Writing poetry is like turning on a light inside of someone else; you can illuminate thoughts, ideas, and feelings inside of another person, things that are there but maybe they didn’t see before. In this elective, writers will experiment with different approaches and forms, and learn how to define, create, and break their own rules of language.

In Conversation With

Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote his 2015 masterpiece Between the World and Me in conversation with James Baldwin’s own 1963 masterpiece, The Fire Next Time. Playwright Tom Stoppard wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a farce about two minor characters in Hamlet. Last year, the singer Jamila Woods crafted an album of dazzling songs, each named after and inspired by a different artist of color. In In Conversation With…, juniors and seniors in high school will expand their portfolios further by creating their own pieces of writing in conversation with art that provokes them. We’ll explore pairs of art that have existed in conjunction with each other, dive deep into the art we ourselves think is important and want to explore, and make brand new pieces of writing inspired by, and building off the themes of, that art.

Ekphrastic Writing Elective

Ekphrastic writing is inspired by a piece of visual art. In this elective, writers will explore different literary genres and art styles through virtual gallery tours and games that blend art and writing. Writers will work towards curating their own galleries and will have the opportunity to give a virtual tour of their selected artworks and the pieces they wrote in response.

Flash Fiction Elective

How do you tell a story and communicate powerful themes in 500 words or fewer? In Flash Fiction, writers participate in writing exercises to create their own short, short fiction that resonates through imagery and juxtaposition.

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