Washington University announces new format for Summer Writers Institute

New Multi-Genre workshop encompassing fiction, poetry and screenwriting and a Creative Nonfiction workshop

The Washington University Summer Writers Institute will offer a new Multi-Genre workshop, which will encompass fiction, poetry and screenwriting, along with its popular Creative Nonfiction workshop.

The WUSTL Summer Writers Institute — which will be held on the Danforth Campus June 13-24, 2011 — offers students options to focus on Creative Nonfiction or the new Multi-Genre.

Through Multi-Genre, students have the option of focusing on a specific genre (fiction or poetry) and working in screenwriting under faculty guidance. The work submitted by the individual student with their application will dictate the particular craft issues covered for the student.

The Creative Nonfiction workshop is for writers of essays, memoirs, autobiography and literary journalism.

Both workshops consist of two weeks of intensive writing complemented by individual faculty conferences, readings by guest faculty, craft talks and panel discussions with writers and editors.

The Summer Writers Institute will be led by instructors Jenny Mueller and Judy Copeland.

Mueller published her first book of poems, Bonneville, with Elixir Press in 2007. Her work has appeared in such journals as Chicago Review, Atlantic Monthly, Volt, Fence, TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review and New American Writing. Her most recent work continues her explorations of urban and wild space, from south St. Louis City to the high deserts of the West.

Copeland’s travel stories have won prizes from the Malahat Review, the Florida Review, Water~Stone Review, Hunger Mountain and other journals and have been shortlisted in the Pushcart anthology and in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. In fall 2008, she served as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando, Fla.

Held each June, the Summer Writers Institute is in its 16th year and is part of the Washington University Summer School program in Arts & Sciences.

Participants may attend on a non-credit basis or choose to earn three college credits.

The application deadline for the Summer Writers Institute is May 6, 2011. Tuition for Summer Writers Institute is $895 
for the noncredit option and $1,895 for the three-credit option. Students age 60 and over receive a 50 percent discount on the three-credit option.

Partial scholarships are available to admitted participants based on need. To be considered for financial aid, applicants must complete the second page of the application and include a 2010 federal tax return.

To learn more about the Summer Writers Institute, visit swi.ucollege.wustl.edu, call (314) 935-6720 or e-mail swi@artsci.wustl.edu.