Writer’s Week: A Creative Writing Workshop




July 2 - 7, 2018

Program will not meet July 4

Directed by distinguished faculty members, this program allows high school students to explore writing in a non-competitive and 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 performance artists. Included in the week are mini-workshops taught by program faculty and guest artists. Rooted in the Sarah Lawrence College tradition of one-on-one interaction, the program offers students the opportunity to meet individually with workshop leaders. Classes are limited to 18 students, with three faculty members per workshop. The program also includes faculty and student readings and a celebration of student work on the final day of the program.

We welcome students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades the following fall. Students must be age 15 or older at the start of the program. Students must commute; a residential option is not available.

Sponsored by The Writing Institute and the Office of Professional & Summer Programs at Sarah Lawrence College and the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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. Past offerings have included stand up, comedy, improvisation, performance art, puppetry, and film shorts.

Sample Schedule

8 - 9 a.m. Drop-off
9 a.m. - Noon The Writer’s Workshop
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch/Conferences/Readings
1 - 3 p.m. The Writer’s Theatre
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 5 p.m. Activity
5 p.m. Pick-up


The program takes place on the Sarah Lawrence campus in Yonkers, a 10-minute walk from the Metro North Railroad stations of Bronxville and Fleetwood—30 minutes north of Midtown Manhattan. The 44-acre wooded campus provides an ideal setting for young writers. Throughout the week, students have reading privileges at the College’s Esther Raushenbush Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you house my student on campus?

Unfortunately, we do not offer housing for students participating in Writer's Week. Th workshop offers the ideal opportunity to visit the NYC and Hudson Valley area. Most of our out-of-town participants stay with family and friends or at one of our area hotels. If you are interested in a residential program, please explore the other summer programs we offer for pre-college students and adults.

Do you have a list of available housing in the area?

While we do not offer housing or have a list of available housing, we do have a list of hotels in the area. Many offer discounts to Sarah Lawrence College visitors. When booking the hotel, be sure to inform them that you will be participating in a Sarah Lawrence program and would like to take advantage of any discounts offered.

Do parents need to accompany students to check-in?

Parents and families are invited to attend the welcome orientation on the first day. While not required, we do hope you join us. At the orientation, you will hear from our directors, faculty, and staff, as well as receive additional information about your student’s time with the program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take a tour of the campus. There is no need for you to accompany your student to morning check-in for the remainder of the program.

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.

How many students per class?

Each workshop/group has 18 students that work closely with three faculty members.

What is the age of the students in the classes?

The program is open to students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades the following fall. Each group consists of equally distributed ages to bring a range of different voices and experiences to the class.

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.

Does my student need a computer?

Students are not required to bring computers and will have access while on campus to our Electronic Classroom in the Esther Raushenbush Library. Individual student requests to use a computer should be discussed and arranged on the first day with workshop faculty members.

What should my student bring to campus?

Students are provided with a notebook and pen at orientation. Nothing else is required. Please do not bring valuables. We cannot be responsible for items that are lost or stolen on campus.

Who are the instructors for the program?

Our courses are taught by dedicated education professionals and Master of Fine Arts Writing 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.

When will I hear back about scholarship acceptance?

Scholarships are offered on a first come, first serve need basis until all scholarships have been allocated.

What transportation options are available for my student to get to campus?

Sarah Lawrence College is located in proximity to various transportation systems. Students can take the Metro North railroad to the Bronxville train station and take a 10 minute walk or three minute cab ride to campus. The Bee-Line Bus operates from Bronx subway stations to campus and throughout Westchester County. For complete schedules of the local train and bus services, please refer to the links above.

Program Costs

Registration fee $50
Deposit $250
Remaining tuition $543
Meal plan

$85 (lunch only)

A limited number of partial scholarships are available.