Creative Writing

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program

Creative Writing

Unlock the Magic of Words

The Youth Writing Program helps students, ages 14-18, discover the power of written words as they see their words come to life on the page and on stage. This creative workshop will inspire confidence in students’ written expression.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

Fiction Intensive: Make It Memorable

Fiction Intensive: Make It Memorable

Ages 14–18

June 25–August 5
Three two-week sessions

Intensive I: June 25-July 8
Intensive II: July 9–22
Intensive III: July 23–August 5

Culmination: Student Reading
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m.

Expand your awareness of your craft as a storyteller. “To make it memorable” is both the goal of each narrator in a story and the yearning of the writer who chooses the words. Savor the creative use of language and explore your insatiable desire to learn more about how to make your stories convincing. You will write or revise stories or chapters. Plan on producing at least 500 words a day, writing and revising your work.

Classes meet at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday, with a shorter meeting on Saturday. Group discussions of work will be based on respect for the effort required to produce well-written imaginative stories.

Explore classical and contemporary texts, from popular to experimental approaches. Instructors will share their personal experiences of growing from an aspiring writer into a working artist.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165 per session

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Kim Henderson, sessions I & III, Ben Loory, session II

Poetry Intensive: Industrial Poetry

Poetry Intensive: Industrial Poetry

Ages 14–18

July 9-22
Two-week session

Culmination: Student Reading
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.

Howard Nemerov said, “Poetry is a means of seeing invisible things and saying unspeakable things about them.” This workshop (for beginning and advanced young writers) will explore the magical language of poetry, its history and future, and even challenge ideas about its role in modern communication. Examine some older voices and discover a few new ones, including your own! Generate new work, learn professional tools for editing and publication, and cultivate a live performance. No previous experience is needed.

The class will meet five hours a day, six days a week for writing, reading, discussion, games, field trips and a few surprises. You will produce an anthology of new writing with your fellow students and participate in a live reading. Bring notebooks, writing instruments and a few examples of poetry you like. You’ll also have plenty of access to computers, reference material, and dreams.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Brendan Constantine

Courses (Ages 11-13)

Young Writers Workshop: The Un-Workshop Workshop

Young Writers Workshop: The Un-Workshop Workshop

Ages 11–13

July 23-August 5
Two-week session

Culmination: Student Reading
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m.

Just as every young person’s voice is completely unique, many of today’s great writers don’t fit exclusively into categories like poetry, fiction, or journalism. Ever heard of prose poetry? Flash fiction? How about lyric essay? As digital media and publishing continue to change, literary forms are likewise evolving. In this exciting workshop, you will explore classic approaches to writing and discover exciting new forms and forums. You might even invent your own genre!

You will meet daily with popular poet and educator Brendan Constantine in an atmosphere of wonder and enterprise, engaging in writing, lively debate and discussion, word games and a few surprises. You will also learn stress-free, no-pressure exercises and techniques for public speaking. You should bring a fresh notebook and plenty of pencils and pens.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Brendan Constantine

Faculty Bios

Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in FIELD, Ploughshares, Rattle, ZYZZYVA, the Los Angeles Review and other journals. His most recent books are Birthday Girl With Possum (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and Calamity Joe (2012 Red Hen Press). He teaches poetry at the Windward School and is an adjunct professor at Antioch University Los Angeles. He also conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.
(Young Writers Workshop, Poetry Intensive)

Kim Henderson, Sessions I & III: MFA, University of Montana. Currently the Creative Writing Department Chair for Idyllwild Arts Academy, she previously taught at the University of Montana and at the middle school level in New Mexico. Her chapbook of short stories, The Kind of Girl, won the Rose Metal Press Chapbook Contest and was published in 2013. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review Online,Tin House Open Bar, Flash Fiction Online, River Styx, Cutbank, H_NGM_N, and elsewhere.
(Fiction Intensive)

Ben Loory, is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. His second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is coming in 2017 from Penguin Books. www.benloory.com
(Fiction Intensive)

Johanna McKay: (AEA, SAG, AFTRA) has directed and written adaptations of musicals, myths, Shakespearean plays, and has taught acting for over twenty years. An award-winning actor herself, Johanna is on the theater faculty of PS Arts and LACC. BFA in acting: The Theatre School, DePaul University (Sarah Siddons Award). MFA: UCLA (Jack Nicholson Award). Johanna’s adaptation of “As You Like It” has been published by Playscripts, Inc.
(Page to Stage)

Eduardo Santiago (Writing) Eduardo’s first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and won the Latino Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. His next novel, Midnight Rumba, won the New England Book Award – Best Fiction. His short stories have been published by ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, and his nonfiction has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. Eduardo is also a prominent book coach and lecturer, teaches writing at Mt. San Jacinto College, and is the founder and curator of the Idyllwild Authors Series.
(Fiction Intensive)

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