Young Women's Writing Workshop is a two-week program for exceptional young women with strong interests in creative writing. Select students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to participant in two intensive writing workshops.
Important COVID-19 update Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College on-campus programs have been canceled for the 2020 summer season to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. Please visit our website or connect with us on social media (@summeratsmith) to be in touch. We wish you wellness and peace at this time and hope to hear from you during our 2021 application season.
Smith College's unique writing workshop for young women in high school focuses on you, the writer. Small classes help you develop your interest in writing, tap into your creativity and advance your writing skills in a variety of areas from food writing and poetry to creative fiction and memoir writing. Working with published authors, participants lay the groundwork for developing a strong writing portfolio and learn the steps involved in publishing their work.
Past courses include: Poetry; Memoir; How to Generate and Revise New Writing; Young Adult Fiction; Screenwriting; Playwriting.
Smith's exciting precollege programs are for young women in high school who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. In addition to academic enrichment and exploration, Smith's precollege programs are also about having fun. Participants will make new friends, explore the campus and lively town of Northampton, Massachusetts, and enjoy nightly activities in their houses.
Since Smith's precollege summer programs are residential, students get the exciting opportunity to live in one of Smith's unique campus houses. Smith's residential environment enhances and enriches the academic programs. Students will also have access to the dining hall, superb athletic facilities, an art museum, a botanic garden and greenhouse, and libraries.
*Young women who will be in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) in fall 2020 are eligible to apply for the summer 2020 program.
Cost and Session Information
JULY 5-18, 2020
$50 application fee is due at time of submission. The application fee is $100 after April 1.
2020 Program Tuition
Financial payments for all programs is due by May 15. If you are accepted into the program after May 15, full payment is due immediately. Program Payments are nonrefundable after May 15.
$3,385 (includes $660 nonrefundable deposit)
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“The most valuable experience from this workshop has been the diversity of ideas. I have learned about female writers, the construction of stories, poems made out of lists, and have been recommended at least fifty new things to check out. The acquisition of such knowledge and experiences is unforgettable.”
"This experience was absolutely phenomenal and I genuinely enjoyed being in it so much. Everyone was always so enthusiastic and supportive and I learned so many things that people wouldn't tend to think to teach aspiring writers."
"I loved the way my instructor was very responsive and dynamic in the class. She had a lot of great writing prompts that help you avoid writer's block."