Wellesley College invites rising high-school sophomore, junior, and senior girls to strengthen their poetry or short story writing abilities by participating in Wellesley's one-week Writing Workshops.


One-Week Writing Exploratory Workshops: July 29 - August 5, 2018.


Wellesley College is consistently ranked as one of the United States' most foremost women's colleges, where students become leaders adept in critical thinking, leadership, and changing the world. Now, Wellesley College is proud to offer two Writing Exploratory Workshops, where high-school students can develop writing abilities which will serve them in all walks-of-life. 

Option 1: Writing Poetry

In this one-week workshop, students will work to acheive the following objectives:

  • Explore all forms of poetry, both formal and informal, to select their preferred forms.
  • Create a small collection of poems, best representing their work.
  • Immerse themselves in writing poetry by sharing poems, exploring publishing opportunities.

Option 2: Flash-Fiction: Writing Very Short Stories 

This workshop will work with students to acheive the following objectives:

  • Discover the world of flash fictions (sudden fiction, micro fiction), which are short stories 750-2000 words in length.
  • Practice writing flash fictions, revising, and editing them for a final polish and a solid portfolio of work.
  • Reading brilliant examples of flash fiction from around the world.

To learn more about these workshops, please visit: http://www.wellesley.edu/summer/summerprograms/exploratory/programdetails.


In participating in an Exploratory Workshop, students become members of the Wellesley community. During the one- or two-week workshops, students reside in an historical residential dorm, with access to Wellesley dining and amenities. Unlike many other pre-college programs, Wellesley College offers the invaluable opportunity to experience a small, all girls, liberal arts environment while participating in weekend activities which allow them to explore Boston and its surrounding areas. Out of all the features of Wellesley’s Exploratory Workshops, participants usually reflect the deep and enriching friendships they made were the most memorable parts of their summers’ at Wellesley. 2017 program participant Rachel reflected: “I feel so empowered being at a place where I am valued, and I am not thought of as someone who is secondary or lesser-- I am one of many in a pool that is equal."


Wellesley College has been recognized for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. Above all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world—women who are committed to making a difference.

Applications for Wellesley’s Exploratory Workshops are now OPEN until June 15, 2018. To learn more about Wellesley College and its Pre-College Exploratory Summer Workshops, please visit http://www.wellesley.edu/summer/summerprograms/exploratory.

For more information about the other academic summer programs Wellesley College offers, please visit: http://www.wellesley.edu/summer/whywellesley.

Cost and Session Information

One-Week Writing Workshop: July 29 - August 5, 2018
Cost of one-week workshop is $1,350.00 including tuition, room and board, and activities.

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