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Emerging Writers Institute

1 & 2 week creative writing camps for teens.


Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, & UC Los Angeles


Grades 7th - 12th




Mid-June through Mid-August. Visit website for schedule details.




Though the program is designed as an overnight camp, commuter options are available.

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Creative writing camp in Berkeley for teens. Participants learn to write for real publications & experience Berkeley & San Francisco writing scene while living in college dorms!

Emerging Writers Institute is a unique opportunity for rising 7th - 9th graders to explore creative writing.

From day one, students are challenged through small group seminars focused on fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. In these seminars, and at daily writing workshops, students investigate the fundamentals of storytelling and discover how to read like writers. Diverse afternoon electives may include sci-fi writing, screenwriting, graphic novels, and travel writing and are used to let students try out new genres in a safe, exploratory environment.

Scheduled writing time and one-on-one instructor evaluations help students develop good writing habits that will serve them year round. Students will also get inspired by off-campus instructor-led activities designed to introduce them to the literary culture of Berkeley or Los Angeles. By the end of the week, students will share polished pieces for publication in their own literary magazine and present their work in an informal reading for family and friends.

Emerging Writers Institute Creative Writing Camp is a two-week summer writing program for teens. Rising 10th-12th graders experience a unique curriculum designed to develop and support students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. This creative writing summer program encourages students to challenge themselves technically and artistically through guided daily writing workshops, one-on-one instructor evaluations, group editing sessions, and creative presentations of their work. Moreover, the participants in the program will be uniquely positioned to profit from the literary culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. By the program’s conclusion, students will produce and perfect quality pieces suitable for publication in their own literary magazine and professional teen publications.

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"I wouldn't want anyone who likes writing to go through high school without coming to this camp and having as much fun as me!"� -Annelise Hagar, 2007 EWI Camper

"This camp was so awesomely intense and it made me a better writer! The program is amazing and covers ALL aspects of writing."� -Nadia Ahmed, 2007 EWI Camper

"There was so much dedication to writing. The intensity helped me turn out a quality of work that I hadn't seen before."� - Morgan Lanier, 2008 EWI Camper

"Michelle taught me that I not only have something to say, I have a LOT to say."- Jessayln Mattson, 2007 EWI Camper