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 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)

Learn about our world renowned
Boarding Arts High School Academy Creative Writing Program.