"There's a sense of urgency that often influences rapid growth. I've seen students take leaps I wouldn't have expected. Synapses are rapid-firing, pens are flying, words are filling the air." --David Schuman, SWI Faculty
The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, flash fiction, literary journalism, modern humor, personal narrative, and poetry, as well as readings and individual conferences with instructors. Writers of all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.
Institutes are held evenings and weekends to accommodate participants in the St. Louis area. Out-of-town participants may choose to reside on campus and make use of our many libraries and quiet, outdoor areas for writing and reflection. Learn more about housing.
Register for SWI.
Each institute is worth 3 units of credit; an application is not required. Register under one of the following courses:
- Flash Fiction
- Creative Nonfiction: Personal Narrative
- Creative Nonfiction: Literary Journalism
Creative Writing Certificate: Credit earned in the Summer Writers Institute can be applied to the University College Creative Writing Certificate.
High school students may participate in our High School Summer Experiences Writing Institute, or take creative writing courses in the summer through our High School Summer Scholars program or year-round in our College Access program.