Transform your dreams, ideas, and stories into organized, compelling, creative written works through Georgetown's Creative Writing Academy. Led by Georgetown instructors and renowned literary figures from the D.C. area, our one-week program features a blend of workshops, lectures, and tutorials coupled with insightful, productive peer review sessions. You'll have opportunities to experiment with innovative forms of creative writing while also generating and polishing a wealth of new poems, stories, and personal essays. Throughout the week, you'll also visit iconic sites around Washington, D.C., participate in an exercise in ekphrastic writing at the National Gallery of Art, and have the chance to read your work aloud at Busboys and Poets, a famous D.C. literary hub.
In addition to covering the writing process, our program also focuses on the publishing and professionalization aspects of the industry. You'll explore what markets are available for your writing, the types of jobs available to creative writers, funding opportunities for your work, undergraduate and graduate programs in writing, and strategies for getting published.
Awaken your powers of observation, imagination, and description
Learn concrete elements of the craft of writing in daily workshops
Attend readings from published authors, who will lead interactive classes and conduct group discussions
Work with Georgetown's expert creative writing faculty to bring out your most creative ideas
Read excerpts from award-winning works and use them to develop your own original works
Visit local monuments, world-renowned theaters, museums, and literary organizations
Take part in peer critiques and learn how to revise and refine your writing
Have your writing featured in Three Stars, the Creative Writing Institute’s annual student literary magazine
Program Format & Subject Areas
As a student in the Creative Writing Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:
Technique (story structure, character development, theme, description, dialogue)
Finding good ideas and turning them into polished pieces
Using great literature for inspiration
This program gave me a new perspective on college that I never had up until this point. Georgetown is an amazing school in an amazing city, and this program showed me that.
The program offers so much–from the off-site visits to the daily lectures and the on campus activities. The lectures were interesting, meeting new people was great and the off-site visits were interactive and intriguing.
This is a course that I would definitely recommend as both Georgetown and the professors were very hands-on and provided a great pre-university experience.
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