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Advanced Writing Seminar: The Residency in NYC

Join Writopia Lab for an immersive two weeks of writing in the heart of New York City! 

Developed for dedicated teen writers, the Advanced Writing Seminar Overnight Program in NYC features a multi-genre portfolio curriculum, and is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and to rising college freshmen.

Writers will spend their mornings in intimate writing workshops led by published authors and produced playwrights. Most afternoons will be spent in Master Classes with experts in genre (screenwriting, speculative fiction, poetry, mystery, etc.). Afternoons and evenings will be spent expanding their writing horizons and exploring everything a global publishing capital like New York City has to offer!

Applications for 2024 are closed.



We are happy to announce our new partnership with the Pratt Institute in uber hip Brooklyn. Our university-based program will be located at 135 Emerson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11205.


$3,950. Limited financial aid is available. To apply for aid, please email with a copy of your tax returns and a brief statement of need.


Sunday, July 7th to  Saturday, July 20th, 2024


Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, and rising college freshmen.

Morning Workshops

For years, Writopia Lab’s Advanced Writing Seminar has provided pre-college writers with a fun and productive summer community. The NYC Session builds upon that, giving teen writers a memorable two weeks of experiences, relationships, and creative rigor.

Over the course of two weeks, participants will delve into their craft with published authors, and participate in two meetings with a prominent literary agent and editor/ publisher. The Advanced Writing Seminar places an emphasis on understanding how writing in a variety of forms (narrative, poetry, memoir, script) enriches and informs every writer. These workshops are fun, engaging, and designed to expand skills.

Each day is rooted in a multi-genre morning 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. In the afternoons, writers will have the opportunity to take electives in poetry, memoir, ekphrastic writing, comedy, and more with our staff of published poets, essayists, comedy writers, and playwrights. Our instructors are working artists who train with Writopia Lab and teach our teen writers year-round.

A Typical Day

  • 7:30 AM — Wake up
  • 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM — Breakfast and morning meeting
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM — Workshop
  • 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM — Lunch
  • 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM — Excursions and electives
  • 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM — Dinner
  • 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM — Evening excursions and activities
  • 10:00 PM — Curfew

Advanced Writing Seminar NYC Session FAQs

What are the dates?

Sunday, July 7th to  Saturday, July 20th, 2024

How do I apply?

Applications for 2024 are closed. Email to join the waitlist.

I’m having trouble with the application process. Can you help me?

Please email for assistance with the application process.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, we have limited financial aid available.

How do I apply for financial aid?

This all happens in CampMinder, where you will apply for enrollment. To apply, fill out your application, indicate that you are applying for financial aid, and submit your complete financials via CampMinder. If you are applying for financial aid, you will not be required to pay a deposit. However, we will only be able to hold your spot for two weeks if you have not submitted your financials. Please do not email financial data directly to

A $500 deposit is due upon enrollment. This deposit will increase incrementally as we get closer to the session. Following enrollment, parents will have the option to pay in full or set up a payment plan in CampMinder. This payment plan will set up equal monthly installments, with the last installment paid the first week of May 2024.

How many writers are attending?

At this time we are limiting the capacity to 30 writers.

What will meals be like?

Meals will be a mix of catering brought into the residential hall’s common rooms, and outings to New York's infinite assortment of great dining choices. The city is our dining hall!

What is the atmosphere of the workshops?

Morning workshops will have a ratio of ten writers to one instructor. All workshop leaders are published writers or produced playwrights with years of expertise in mentoring teen writers. Numerous Writopia Lab alumni have gone on to pursue studies and careers as journalists, novelists, screenwriters, and editors. Workshops are peppered with original and fun writing exercises, but focus primarily on developing—and completing—strong writing.

Does my teen have to bring their own bedding?

Yes. Each participant must bring a twin-set of sheets and/or a sleeping bag, as well as a towel.

Have any further questions?

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