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Creative Writing Institute

Transform your dreams, ideas, and stories into organized, compelling, creative written works through Georgetown's Creative Writing Institute. 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., including an “art hop” through the galleries of Dupont Circle, an exercise in ekphrastic writing at the National Gallery of Art, and 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.

Estimated Tuition:

$2,895

Includes tuition, housing, and meals

How You'll Benefit

  • Participate in writing workshops
  • 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 Institute, 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:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Personal prose
  • Literary history
  • Technique (story structure, character development, theme, description, dialogue)
  • Finding good ideas and turning them into polished pieces
  • Using great literature for inspiration

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