Summer Writers Institute

The Summer Writers Institute brings together many of St. Louis' finest writers to share their expertise with students who are serious about developing their writing.

The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in popular and emerging genres. Adult writers from 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 the busy work schedules of participants in the region. 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.

Each institute is worth 3 units of credit; an application is not required.

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Timeline of Events

The Summer Writers Institute is an intensive two-week summer session running July 17 - 31. During this time, students participate in genre-specific classroom workshops and special break-out sessions. A sample schedule can be found below.* 

Friday, July 17
5:30 – 6:45 p.m. – Welcome Address & Reception
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #1

Saturday, July 18
12:00 – 6:00 – Class Session #2

Sunday, July 19
12:00 –6:00 p.m. – Class Session #3

Monday, July 20
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #4

Wednesday, July 22
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #5

Friday, July 24
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #6

Saturday, July 25
12:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Class Session #7

Sunday, July 26
12:00 -6:00 p.m. – Class Session #8

Monday, July 27
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #9

Wednesday, July 29
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Class Session #10

Friday, July 31
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Open Mic & Institute Closing


*Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

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