Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp

Monday, July 13th - Thursday, July 16th
Application deadline: July 6th
Apply today!

The Program:
Typically, Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this popular co-ed, overnight summer camp. Due to its popularity, we will be offering this camp in an online, virtual learning format in the summer of 2020!

  • The Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp provides an introduction to a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction.
  • You will participate in writing intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: voice, character, image, scene and setting.
  • You will have an opportunity to participate in workshop sessions in which you will read and discuss each other’s work with an eye towards revision.
  • You will also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose. Discussions are lively and you will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty.
  • Everyone will receive a certificate of completion as well as an anthology of all your work from the Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp. If you later choose to apply for admission to Alfred University as an undergraduate student, you will have the admissions application fee waived and will be eligible for an Alfred University VISA scholarship.
  • Dedicated access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity is required.

Professor Susan Morehouse, AU professor of English, is the program director. She and Dr. Juliana Gray, AU professor of English, serve as the instructors. Professors Morehouse and Gray will provide individual instruction, creating a curated writing experience with exercises and ideas that students can draw from long after the institute has ended. 

Who Can Attend? 
This dynamic camp is for students entering grades 10-12 who love to write and want to learn new ways to improve their writing skills with others who share their passion! Rising 9th graders with an advanced aptitude and interest in writing are also welcome to apply!

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100.00. If you later choose to apply for admission to Alfred University, you will have the admissions fee waived and will be eligible for a VISA scholarship.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The following are also required to complete your application to the camp:

Email the Creative Writing Institute Virtual Camp program director Susan Morehouse a letter expressing your interest in being considered to join the camp. In your application email, please include the following:

  • A one-page essay telling us in your own words why you would like to attend this program
  • Two samples of your creative writing (not longer than 4 pages each - can be excerpts from longer works)

The application deadline is July 6th, so apply today!

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Susan Morehouse.

Morning, PART I

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Announcements and Writing Time with prompts from professors

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. BREAK

Morning, PART II

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshops and Craft Discussion with professors

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon, PART I

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Discussion and Craft Analysis with professors

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. BREAK

Afternoon, PART II

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Writing Time

4:00 p.m. Check-in/chat


Link to a Craft Talk or Reading to attend virtually.

To be followed by discussion the next morning.

"It was THE BEST week of my life. I still keep in touch with everyone I met there, and hope to come back next summer. The classes were excellent, and the whole experience was just unforgettable. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart." - Liz S., Ashley, OH

"This week was amazing! The best camp experience I've ever had, hands down. I loved being able to meet all of these people who share my interests (in a fun-filled environment, no less). Classes were fantastic - informative, creative and often laugh-out-loud funny. Activities were spectacular, food was decent, RAs and instructors were helpful and kind. What a week! Thanks for the memories, Alfred! This place ROCKS!! - Luke H., Haddon Township, NJ

"I think it was the perfect environment for learning. We had the perfect balance of instruction and freedom. Our classes were "laid back" enough to feel comfortable, but professional too, so we were able to learn to write to our full potential. I loved creating my character and hearing other people's ideas and writing. I also enjoyed (and will remember) the tips and advice I got from my teachers!"- Alexandra R., Scranton, PA

"I know so many great new resources now and better ways to go about doing things like developing characters. I loved hearing the work of others and the feedback we received was always so helpful. The best thing was making friends who care about writing as much as I do and having lots of time to write!" - Brooke C., Canton, CT

"The teachers were great! The classes were interesting and educational. The best thing about the institute was the experience of being at college!" - Bethany Z., Boscawen, NH

"The classes were wonderful. I not only gained some interesting perspectives on writing, but great little tidbits about life too." - Adam I., Rye, NH

"The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is lovely. I learned a lot and was able to broaden my creative writing skills considerably. I feel good that I chose to come - it was definitely worth it. I made new friends and learned so much." - Colleen T., Rock Hill, NY

"It was not only a good pre-college experience and a place to learn more about what I love to do, but I made so many friends, and had one of the best weeks of my life! Thanks so much!" -Emily T., Hornell, NY

"The writing classes helped me to be a better writer." - Alanna M., Hampton, NJ

"I liked going to the coffee shop and creating characters because you could spend time with friends and make use of your imagination." - Caitlin M., Richburg, NY

"I loved my creative writing classes and going to the lake and the Terra Cotta Coffee House was a lot of fun!" - Sydney H., Reston, VA

"Meeting new people was refreshing. I could be myself and people accepted me." - Alli M., Fishers, IN

"I learned to write more vividly, making the reader feel as if in the moment. Also I learned how to write more in-depth about a character in a story and try to think of them as a real person." - Grace E., Ridgewood, NJ

"My passion is to write and this class was so comfortable. I didn't feel awkward or embarrassed and the instructors were so friendly and open. I learned how to open my eyes in the writing world. I was taught so much that made me experience writing in a whole new way and was given open doors for my passion to excel." Kaylan M., Morris Plains, NJ

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

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