Writer’s Week: A Creative Writing & Performance Arts Workshop

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Now in its 23rd year, Writers Week at Sarah Lawrence College offers creative young people an immersive week-long experience with creative writing and the performance arts.

Each day, participants attend writing and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets, and performance artists. Included in the week are mini-workshops taught by program faculty, graduate students and guest artists. Rooted in the Sarah Lawrence College tradition of one-on-one interaction, the program offers students the opportunity to meet in small groups with workshop leaders. The program also includes faculty and student readings and a celebration of student work on the final day of the program. Classes are limited to 18 students, with two faculty members per workshop. 

In 2022, there will be two sessions of Writers Week: one on campus session and one virtual session. Please note that the on campus program is a day camp (not a residential program). The on campus session will follow Sarah Lawrence College safety guidelines. Students must provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19 in order to participate (students with medical or religious exemptions should contact us at writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu). 

We welcome students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades the following fall. Students must be age 14 or older at the start of the program.

Sponsored by The Writing Institute and the Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Program.

Writers Week 2022

July Session (On Campus): July 11–July 15, 2022
August Session (Virtual): August 1–August 5, 2022

The Writer's Workshop

The day's work begins with a creative writing workshop, giving students the chance to investigate what defines a poem, a story, and the best way to communicate ideas through writing. This course is a place for students to write, to read one another's work, to learn to observe what is familiar and what is not, and to transform what the writer sees into words. Members work as professional writers do: generating material, collaborating, and talking, revising, and rewriting.

The Writer's Theatre

The work of the writer and theatre professional are similar—both investigate storytelling, character performance, narrative, and more. When studied together, these two related disciplines can produce holistic and more informed writers capable of creating work that reaches broad audiences. In this course, 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. Sample theatre workshops include: Solo Performance, Character Comedy, Stand Up Comedy, Song writing and Playwriting.

Schedule

On campus: classes will meet daily Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm ET, including an hour lunch break. Lunch is provided for students. Please note: Writers Week is not a residential program. 

Virtual: classes will meet daily Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET, including a 50 minute lunch break. 

There will be ample breaks built in each day and a more detailed schedule will be released closer to the program start date.

Faculty

Writers Week is taught by esteemed Sarah Lawrence College faculty, graduate students and alumni, as well as guest lectures from published authors, publishing professionals or performance artists.

 

 

Student Testimonials

I loved the Sarah Lawrence Summer High School Writer's Week! The creative energy around me was truly inspiring and helped me to write new pieces. The students and instructors empowered one another to step out of their comfort zones, by sharing work and feedback. It was great to meet so many kind and supportive writers. This program gave me the insight on how to create an idea and follow through with it.

“My experience at Writers Week was an 11 out of 10! The teachers were hilarious, kind, and very supportive. I loved meeting everyone and constantly learning new things. Everyone inspired me so much and I was truly blown away by their talent everyday.”

“My favorite part of Writers Week was meeting such a diverse group of people. All of my teachers were so kind and helpful! They created such an open, creative environment.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my student receive school credit?

We do not offer college credit for this program, though, if requested, we can send a letter to your student’s school confirming their participation in our summer program.

Will my student have homework?

Students typically do not receive homework, but may be asked to come prepared for the next class with fresh ideas. It is important to note that each workshop is run independently and the work they will be asked to do is dependent on the faculty members.

Does my student need to be an advanced writer?

This program is for anyone who has a desire to become a writer—to discover or fine tune the skills they already have. Whether the student is a beginner or an advanced writer, the faculty works with each student to create and move toward individual goals in a supportive, noncompetitive environment.

What is the theatre component of the program?

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.

Who are the instructors for the program?

Our courses are taught by dedicated education professionals and Master of Fine Arts Writing Program and Theatre Program candidates from Sarah Lawrence College. We also have a large support staff available to you and your student to assist with any questions that may arise.

Are scholarships available for Writers Week?

Limited scholarships are available to Yonkers Public School students, made possible by our partnership with the Yonkers Public Schools. Please contact your student’s principal for more details, or email the Writing Institute at writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

Program Costs

Program Costs
Description Amount
On campus session $1,125 (includes lunch)
Virtual session $725