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Express yourself. Amaze yourself. 

The Yale Summer Writing Institute brings together outstanding faculty and aspiring authors 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 creative writing, investigative journalism, and screenwriting.  Students in the for-credit courses in Session A may also participate in Writers' Workshop events.

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 course. 

Link: The Summer Writing Institute is home to the Yale Writers' Workshop, a 10-day, non-credit program built around panels, workshops, and talks that bring together leading authors, editors, agents, and publishers for the benefit of aspiring writers from all over the world.

Summer Writing Institute Courses

Session A: May 28 - June 29, 2018

FAQ: Reading Fiction for Craft - ENGL S134

Adam Sexton
MWF 1.00-3.15

Fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing explored through readings from classic and contemporary short stories and novels. Focus on how each author has used the fundamentals of craft. Writing exercises emphasize elements such as voice, structure, point of view, character, and tone. 1 Credit.

FAQ: Investigative Journalism - ENGL S456

Bruce Shapiro
TTh 1.30-4.45

Techniques of in-depth reporting, ranging from interviews and document research to journalistic storytelling; the evolution of "muckraking" in the United States; and the ethical, philosophical, and political issues raised by such work. Improvement of the students' practical research and narrative skills through weekly assignments and a term-long writing project. Designed equally for those with journalistic experience and for those with skills in other arenas. 1 Credit.

FAQ: Screenwriting - FILM S350

Marc Lapadula
TTh 1.00-4.15

This course will look at the screenplay as both a literary text and blue-print for production. Several classic screenplays will be analyzed. Students will then embark on pitching, outlining and writing their own scripts. We will intensively focus on character development, creating "cinematic" dialogue, plot construction, conflict, pacing, dramatic foreshadowing, the element of surprise, text and subtext and visual story-telling. Several classic and contemporary films will first be read and then screened for analysis and discussion. (Psycho, Chinatown, Blade Runner, Winter's Bone, The Devil Wears Prada, The Social Network). Students will learn professional screenplay format and write an 8-12 page screenplay that will be read aloud in class and critiqued. 1 Credit.

Session B: July 2 - August 3, 2018

FAQ: Introduction to Creative Writing - ENGL S123

R. Clifton Spargo
MWF 9.00-11.15

Introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama. Development of the basic skills used to create imaginative literature. Fundamentals of craft and composition; the distinct but related techniques used in the three genres. Story, scene, and character in fiction; sound, line, image, and voice in poetry; monologue, dialogue, and action in drama. 1 Credit.

How to Apply

Apply for the Summer Writing Institute by selecting one or more of the following courses in the Yale Summer Session application:

ENGL S134
ENGL S456
FILM S350
ENGL S123