Writers Village is an immersion program, where high school students passionate about creative writing can do a three-week deep-dive into writing with like-minded souls under the mentorship of accomplished working writers.
Students participate in two daily writing workshops—prose and poetry—each led by authors who have taught at the college-level. Students will read and discuss published work, generate new material, and receive feedback on their own writing. Students also meet with their professors for two conferences, to receive more individualized feedback.
Mixed into the schedule are Festival Days, one for each genre, where published authors come to campus and do readings of their work and then lead students through generative writing exercises. There is also a field trip to New York City where students get to experience a Broadway play. And a “genre” field trip, where students spend a day exploring playwriting and screenwriting under the tutelage of writers from those fields.
Over the course of the three weeks, students work with their two primary professors on a regular basis, but get some exposure to the teaching styles of 8-10 other teachers.