Summer Writer's Workshop for High School Students

July 6-10, 2015

How does a writer learn to write? What makes a story a story? What makes a poem a poem? What is the best way to say what I want to say? How do I show what I see? At what point do I begin and end the story?

The Sarah Lawrence College Writer's Workshop for High School Students offers young writers an opportunity to explore the creative process with skilled writers and artists, and to experience the joys of writing in a supportive environment. No previous creative writing experience is necessary—only a commitment to learning, a fascination with words, and a desire to be part of a community that values art and experimentation.


The Sarah Lawrence College Summer Writer's Workshop for High School Students is a unique collaboration between writers and other artists. Directed by distinguished faculty members, the program gives high school students the experience of writing in a non-competitive, non-judgmental environment that values the risks and adventure of the creative process. Each day, participants attend writing and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets, and theatre artists. Included in the week are mini-workshops taught by program faculty and guest artists. Rooted in the Sarah Lawrence College tradition of one-to-one interaction, the program offers students the opportunity to meet individually with workshop leaders. Classes are limited to 15 students, with three faculty per workshop. In addition to workshops, the program includes faculty and student readings, and a celebration of student work on the last day.

The Writer's Workshop

The day's work begins with a creative writing workshop, giving students the chance to ask "What makes a poem a poem? A story a story?" and "What is the best way to say what I want to say?" The Writer's Workshop is a place for students to write, to read one another's work, to learn to observe what is familiar and what is not, to transform what the writer sees into poems and stories. Members work as writers do: generating material, collaborating and talking, revising and rewriting.

The Writer's Theatre

While the work of the writer and theatre professional are similar —"How do I show what I see? At what point do I begin and end the story?" — in theatre the one telling the story often is the story. In the writer's theatre workshops the creative process is explored in an intuitive and spontaneous fashion through improvisation, group projects, and games. Faculty and students participate together to give form and shape to both individual and collective expression. No prior theatre experience is necessary. Students select their theatre specialty. Past offerings have included:

  • Stand Up
  • Comedy Improvisation
  • Performance Art
  • Puppetry
  • Film Shorts

Daily Schedule

8-9 a.m. Drop-off
9 a.m.-Noon Writing Workshops
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch/Conferences/Rapid-fire reading
1-3 p.m. Theatre Specialty Workshops
3-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-5 p.m. Activity
5 p.m. Pick-up

The Facilities

All workshops take place on the Sarah Lawrence campus, a 10-minute walk from the town of Bronxville, just 30 minutes north of Midtown Manhattan. The 44-acre wooded campus provides an ideal setting for young writers. Throughout the week, students have access to the College’s Esther Raushenbush Library for work and study.

Program Details

The Sarah Lawrence College Writer's Workshop for High School Students is open to students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2015. The program is non-residential, and Sarah Lawrence College does not provide living accommodations for participants.

Application fee: $30 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $700 and includes lunch and snacks daily.  

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please attach a letter with your application requesting that the student be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to include the student's name on the letter. 

This Workshop is Now Full

The Summer Writer's Workshop for High School Students has filled for summer 2015; our waitlist is also now full.

To be added to the e-mail list for the Summer 2016 Workshop, please send your contact information via e-mail to with "Summer 2016 High School" in the subject line.

While this program is full we encourage you to explore the many other educational opportunities for high school students being offered this summer at Sarah Lawrence College. Explore now»