Develop your voice by using your unique perspective to explore and write about youth culture and the coming-of-age experience.

Develop techniques to write yourself as the focal point of a story and use your understanding of your own identity to explore the universal experience of coming of age.

Students will investigate writings by youth and adults, centered around the concerns of adolescents, including questions of identity and self-projection that define the coming-of-age years. Students will read past and present works as well as go on site visits in order to understand the scope of possibility in capturing perhaps the deepest developmental time in one’s life. with the hope that students leave energized to write their own truths into the world.

In addition, students will develop their personal writing styles and journalistic voices as they reflect upon themselves and their place in the world. The exploration and writing will then broaden to deeply consider how the concept of identity shapes communities, cultures and the human experience.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will learn to write about controversial and complex topics associated with race, identity and social behavior from their own point of view.

• Students will develop their writing style and voice by exploring their unique identity in the context of community, culture and humanity.

• Students will employ journalistic techniques to discover and critique the work of other young writers.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Baruch College (the Journalism Project), New York City neighborhoods, art centers and cultural events. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Mariya Karimjee (writer and journalist), Aja Monet (poet), Marisa Siegel (Owner/Editor-in-Chief, The Rumpus), Kevin Nguyen (contributor, GQ) and Facilitators from Urban Word (a non-profit leader in the youth literary arts movement).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,225* ($5,825* for residential students)
  • - Term 1: June 7 - June 19
  • - Term 2: June 21 - July 3
  • - Term 4: July 19 - July 31
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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