AU Press Releases

Alfred University offers summer writing program for high school students

Alfred University will host the Creative Writing Institute, a summer program for high school students interested in writing and English literature, during two, one-week sessions, July 5-9 and July 11-15.

The Institutes are designed for students who will enter grades 10, 11 or 12 this fall. The program will focus on a variety of genres including poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. In addition, participants will take part in writing intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft, such as voice, character, image, scene, and setting.

In addition to the workshops, participants will enjoy scheduled activities on and off campus, including picnics, campfires, and hikes.

Dr. Susan Morehouse, professor of English and chairman of the English Department at Alfred University, is director of the summer Creative Writing Institute. Rahul Mehta, lecturer in English at AU, is co-director.

The institute fee is $795 which includes a non-refundable $100 deposit. This covers tuition, supervision, program materials, a field trip, recreational activities, and room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day. Participants will stay in double rooms in the University’s residence halls. The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application.

Students who wish to apply must return a completed application form (go to:, a copy of an up-to-date transcript or report card, two letters of recommendation from teachers, a one-page essay which states why the student would like to attend the institute, two samples of the student’s creative writing, and a non-refundable (unless the student is not accepted into the program) $100 deposit. All items should be sent in one packet to Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, by Friday, April 16, 2010. Late applications may be considered only if space is available.

Full payment of the remaining balance is due by Friday, May 28, 2010.

For more information about the summer Creative Writing Institute, visit, or contact the Office of Summer Programs at 607.871.2612.