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The Yale Summer Writing Institute brings outstanding faculty and aspiring authors together for intensive for- and not-for-credit programs that help writers hone their craft. 

  • The five-week for-credit courses, taught by Yale and Yale-affiliated creative writing faculty, provide an immersive creative experience for writers who seek to develop their skills in fiction writing, investigative journalism, and screenwriting.  Students in the for-credit courses may also participate in Writers' Conference activities and events.
  • The Institute is also the home of the Yale Writers’ Conference, a two-week, non-credit program built around panels, master classes, workshops, and talks that bring together leading authors, editors, agents, and publishers for the benefit of aspiring writers from all over the world. 

Five-week Summer Writing Institute courses include:

  • Workshop-based instruction in the craft of writing
  • Enrollment in master classes with prominent visiting faculty (fiction-writing)
  • Access to craft talks by experienced writers and to panels of agents and journal and independent press editors

2017 Courses:

  • Reading Fiction for Craft (ENGL S134)
  • Investigative Journalism (ENGL S456)
  • Screenwriting (FILM S350)

The Summer Writing Institute is open to Yale College students, visiting college students, and writers who are beyond college. Enrollment is limited to 15 students per workshop. Program Dates are May 29 through June 30, 2017.

Link: The Summer Writing Institute is home to the Yale Writers' Conference.