Unlock the Magic of Words

Idyllwild Arts Creative Writing workshops and intensives help students of all ages discover the power of written words. Excitement for writing grows as they see their words come to life on the page and on stage. This creative summer camp workshop will inspire confidence in students’ written expression.

Ages 10-13

The Living Word: Young Writers Lab

Ages 10-13
June 29 – July 10 (M-F)
Two-week session

Are you a young writer with ideas to share? Do you write in more than one style? Me too!

I believe every young voice is unique and that one of the great obstacles to its development is the need to categorize it. Many of today’s great writers don’t fit neatly into genres such as poetry, fiction, or memoir. Ever heard of prose poetry? Flash fiction? How about a lyric essay? As writing and publishing continue to change, new genres are also evolving. And since February of 2020, online platforms for writers have surged in popularity. Welcome to the Un-workshop Workshop: The Living Word. No previous experience is needed. 

The class will meet regularly for writing, reading, discussion, games, special guests and a few surprises. We’ll also produce a digital anthology of our best new work and participate in a live reading. Make sure you have a good internet connection, a preferred electronic device with WiFi access, standard writing equipment like pens and paper, and (most important of all) a sense of wonder. You may also want to bring some examples of poems, stories, even songs that you like. We all have something to teach each other!

Tuition: $1,200
Lab Fee: N/A
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Faculty: Brendan Constantine

Meet Your Faculty
Brendan Constantine is the author of four books of poetry. His work has appeared in most of the nation’s standards including Poetry, Best American Poetry, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Northwest, and Tin House. A popular performer, he has read for audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR, TED ED, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches at the Windward School.  Since 2017, Brendan has been developing poetry workshops for people with Aphasia.

http://brendanconstantine.com/
Twitter: @poetbrendan

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Writing material such as pen and paper or a reliable computer with a word processing program (Microsoft Word preferred)

Ages 13-18

Writing Out Your Life

Ages 13–18
June 29 – July 3 (M-F)
One-week session

Writers have the unique ability to turn adversity into gold, fear into faith, despair into hope, and that is the aim of Writing Out Your Life. Through readings, research, and personal exploration of our baffling times, this interactive online workshop provides writers with the tools, the freedom and the inspiration to take readers back to the Black Death of the Middle Ages, or to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Students are encouraged to explore their current reality through fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or screenplay. Every form of writing is welcome. Every writer is essential. In the words of award-winning author Neil Gaiman, “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Tuition: $625
Lab Fee: N/A
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Faculty: Eduardo Santiago

Meet Your Faculty
Eduardo Santiago’s first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and won the Latino Book Award for Best Historical Novel. His next novel, Midnight Rumba, won the New England Book Award – Best Fiction and took top honors at the Beverly Hills Book Awards. His short fiction has been published in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, and his nonfiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. He cowrote, with Richard Kilroy, the screenplay, Proof Sheet.

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Writing material such as pen and paper or a reliable computer with a word processing program (Microsoft Word preferred)

UNMUTE! A Poetry Intensive

Ages 13–18
July 13-24 (M-F)
Two-week session

Poet Howard Nemerov once said, “Poetry is a means of seeing invisible things and saying unspeakable things about them.” In a time when much of what influences our lives is truly invisible, we need the skills of poetry more than ever. This workshop (for beginning and advanced writers) will explore the clear and essential language of poetry, its history and future, and even challenge ideas about its role in modern communication. We will examine some older voices and discover a few new ones, including your own! Participants will craft new poetry using college-level prompts, apply professional tools for editing, learn how to submit work to publishers, and cultivate a live performance. No previous experience is needed. 

The class will meet daily for writing, reading, discussion, games, special guests and a few surprises. We’ll also produce a digital anthology of our best new work and participate in a live reading. Make sure you have a good internet connection, a preferred electronic device with WiFi access, standard writing equipment like pens and paper, and (most important of all) a sense of wonder. You may also want to bring some examples of poetry you like. We all have something to teach each other!

Tuition: $1,200
Lab Fee: N/A
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Faculty: Brendan Constantine

Meet Your Faculty
Brendan Constantine is the author of four books of poetry. His work has appeared in most of the nation’s standards including Poetry, Best American Poetry, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Northwest, and Tin House. A popular performer, he has read for audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR, TED ED, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches at the Windward School.  Since 2017, Brendan has been developing poetry workshops for people with Aphasia.

http://brendanconstantine.com/
Twitter: @poetbrendan

What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Any electronic device that has access to the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPod, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Writing material such as pen and paper or a reliable computer with a word processing program (Microsoft Word preferred)

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