Study Abroad Summer Session MyYSS

Welcome from the Yale Writers' Workshop Director, Jotham Burrello

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Dear Writer,

In 2024 we’re back with immersive programming the mixes what we know about successful in-person workshops with the best of what we learned teaching remotely. YWW will offer on-campus and virtual workshops. And for the emerging high school writer, we’re continuing our very successful craft-focused remote program in July. In this program, writers generate new work and meet with published authors across genres. I encourage all writers attending to familiarize themselves with the guest writers presenting.

I’m excited to announce a new collaboration with Woodhall Press, a Connecticut based indie publisher. Woodhall will open a special submission period for 2024 attendees to submit book-length manuscripts for possible publication. In 2022 a similar collaboration with EastOver Press resulted in the publication of Andrea Rinard’s collection, Murmurations In addition, three magazines are participating in our annual short-form submission drive.

Working writers and publishing professionals are at the heart of the workshop. Our talented and energetic instructors guide writers on individual journeys of discovery. Drawing on their unique backgrounds as writers and editors, instructors provide readings and exercises designed to improve all aspects of a writer’s craft—facilitating breakthroughs on the page. Sessions do not rely on a set curriculum, but instead draw on each instructor’s expertise in order to provide writers with a personalized experience. In workshops we motivate and critique, celebrate and problem-solve. Writers attempt to transform stories into written experiences for readers. With a trusted community supporting you, writers are encouraged to do the hard work of composing compelling narratives.

Our workshops assist writers in advancing their craft and provide insight and instruction on how to revise—how to re-see—their manuscripts. The endgame of all our programs is this: to better prepare writers to tackle their next story.

I look forward to meeting you at Yale. Hope you’re reading something good.

Jotham Burrello is the director of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Spindle City, longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. He's a proud winner of the New Yorker Caption Contest. He teaches creative writing at Central Connecticut State University, and lives in the quiet corner of the Nutmeg state.