Academic Immersion: Creative Writing at Boston University gives students the opportunity to develop their writer's voice in a supportive, inspiring environment. Participants learn formal techniques in multiple genres from seasoned instructors and particpate in workshops that build confidence as well as skill.
For rising juniors and seniors, Academic Immersion: Creative Writing is a three-week, intensive writing program offered in partnership with Boston University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the nation.
Designed to help young writers hone their craft, AIM’s Creative Writing track will focus on a single genre each week, immersing you in the practice of writing fiction, poetry, and screenplays. You will develop formal technique in each genre during morning seminars led by BU instructors who are also seasoned writers. In the afternoons, you will engage in experiential learning activities – including writing workshops, free-write sessions on campus and around Boston, visits from guest speakers, and pilgrimages to important cultural institutions throughout the city to see where other Boston writers found their muses. The program concludes with a “writers showcase,” in which students share one of their own pieces with their peers and other members of the BU community.
This summer, you can expect to:
- Learn formal techniques and approaches to writing poetry, fiction, and screenplays
- Study with accomplished writers who are part of BU’s MFA program in Creative Writing, ranked among the top 5 percent of all creative writing programs by Atlantic magazine
- Practice your craft and hone your style while gaining valuable insight into the writing process
- Develop confidence in your creative writing abilities through constructive critique and feedback
We also arrange a variety of social activities to foster a strong student community and to ensure that everyone becomes familiar with the BU campus and Boston. While you can plan your own free time, you also have the chance to participate in weekend group activities–and join students in our other programs for a variety of scheduled activities.
Cost and Session Information
Program dates: July 26 – August 14
Total charge: $6,500*
(All tuition and fees for Summer 2020 are pending approval.)
*Please note: a $300 non-refundable deposit (applied to tuition) is required once a student commits to attending AIM in order to secure a place in the track.
The total charge for the AIM program includes tuition, housing, and all meals in the dining hall. It also includes textbooks and all sponsored activities during the three-week program.
The application fee ($50) and spending money are not included in the total charge.
There is no financial aid for the AIM program.