Young Writers Institutes

Summer 2018 YWI Information

Dates: July 9 – July 20, 2018
Times: *NEW!* 9AM – 1PM
Grades: Starting this year, the Oakland location will only be offering a program for grades 7-12. Please see the FAQ document linked below for more information.
Tuition: $350
Coordinator: Leslie Wessner

Oakland Institute Registration Application

Please see this 2018 YWI Frequently Asked Questions document for all additional questions regarding the upcoming Institute.

After completing the Oakland Institute registration application and viewing our 2018 YWI FAQ, please take the time to provide us with feedback regarding both.

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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