Online Creative Writing Program Open to High School Students

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Rising 9th – 12th-grade students can step up their writing game this summer with The Common Young Writers Program. The online creative writing program runs from July 6 – 17, 2020. Taught by the editors and editorial assistants of Amherst College’s literary magazine, the two-week session will focus on the short story.

In addition to submitting daily assignments, students will meet several times as a group with our instructors and have the option to ask questions during office hours. Students will also meet individually with an editor and editorial assistant to discuss their own short stories, and will not only receive written feedback on their first drafts and final stories, but on all daily assignments. The program also includes access to written Q&As with editors and authors, an introduction to literary magazines and their role as a vital stepping stone for new authors, and additional, inspiring writing prompts. Students should expect to spend around 3-4 hours each day on their assignments, including meeting times.

The cost of the two-week program is $725 and includes group discussions, daily assignments, individual conferences and feedback, written handouts and beyond-the-course exercises, a digital edition of the latest issue, and a print subscription to The Common. Total class size is capped at 20 students and will be broken into small groups for discussions. A limited number of need-based tuition waivers are available.

The deadline to apply June 1, 2020.

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