Young Writers Institutes

Young Writers Institutes will be held in multiple locations during Summer 2017. However, we continue to reorganize our youth programs—which have been offered with much heart and loving spirit over twenty-seven years—so they are sustainable for the next twenty-seven.

All applications are now CLOSED!!


Summer Sessions 2017 (Oakland, Mt. Lebanon, Pine-Richland, Westmoreland)

Oakland Location: University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning 
Dates: July 10-21, 2017, M-F
Times: Grades 4-8, 9AM – Noon; Grades 9-12, 10AM – 1PM
Tuition: $350
Coordinator: Leslie Wessner
Application: Google Form

***We will be accepting up to 120 students at the Oakland location.  Please take note: Your student is not technically considered “registered” until we receive a check at the WPWP office.***

Mt. Lebanon Location: Mt. Lebanon High School, Grades 3-7
Dates: July 3, 5, and 6. And then July 10-13 for the second week.
Times: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. And then 9 AM – Noon for the second week.
Coordinator: Sarah Falbo
Application: Online Registration 

Pine-Richland Location (sponsored by PR PAGE): Eden Hall Upper Elementary School
Dates: June 26-30, 2017, M-F
Times: 9 AM-3PM Grades 4-8 only
Tuition: $350

Coordinator: Kathy Giegel
Application: Google Form

Westmoreland Location: West Hempfield Elementary School 
Dates: July 10-14, 2017, M-F
Days and Times: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Grades 4-8 and 9-12
Tuition: $325
Coordinator: Valerie Piccini
Application: PDF Application
Writers of Westmoreland: website

Utilizing a workshop format with visiting writers and field trips, each institute provides ample opportunities to explore writing in a variety of genres, including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Each Institute culminates with a reading and celebration of writing by students and teachers! Please visit our pages on the right for samples.  Instruction includes

  • free-writing
  • exercises
  • reading work aloud in response groups
  • opportunities for revision through multiple drafts.

In the community of writers that YWI creates, students can challenge themselves, give and receive feedback on new and revised writing. They can think of themselves as writers. YWI faculty are comprised of teacher-consultants of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, graduate students and instructors from local creative writing programs and graduate students and instructors in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  The student-to-instructor ratio is never more than 10 to 1, and sometimes smaller. Scholarships Scholarships are available for students who need financial aid to attend the program. A minimum payment of $35 toward tuition is required for students receiving scholarships, and written verification from your child’s teacher or school administrator that the child is eligible from the School Lunch Program. If your child does not qualify for school lunch but needs help to attend, please send a letter and a copy of your most recent W2 tax form. A letter from your child’s teacher or school administrator stating the need for a scholarship is also acceptable. A limited number of scholarships is available, so please apply early.

~ YWI Mural, Winter 2010 (There’s writing in there!)

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