High school Creative Writing Contest
The Summer Programs for High School Students offer a variety of Institutes. We encourage you to consider registering in an alternative Institute.
This institute will run on the following dates:
Transform your dreams, ideas, and stories into organized, compelling, creative written works as renowned Georgetown faculty and your classmates provide helpful techniques and guidance. Experiment with diverse types of creative writing, including personal narrative, the short story, fantasy, and poetry, while learning how to polish and publish your original work. Draw inspiration from English professors and great writers, both from Georgetown and the local Washington, DC region as you explore DC's lively literary culture.
Core Topics Covered*
- Personal Prose
- Literary history
- Technique (story structure, character development, theme, description, dialogue)
- Finding good ideas and turning them into polished pieces
- Using great literature for inspiration
- Participate in writing workshops
- Awaken your powers of observation, imagination, and description
- Learn concrete elements of the craft of writing in daily workshops
- Attend readings from published authors, who will lead interactive classes and conduct group discussions
- Work with Georgetown's expert creative writing faculty to bring out your most creative ideas
- Read excerpts from award-winning works and use them to develop your own original works
- Visit local monuments, world-renowned theaters, museums, and literary organizations
- Take part in peer critiques; learn to revise and refine your writing
7:00-8:00 a.m Breakfast in the Dining Hall
8:30-10:30 a.m. Visiting Author Lecture, Discussion and Writing Exercise
* Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.
Alex Myers, Academic Director
Alex Myers was born and raised in Western Maine. After earning his bachelor's from Harvard and Master's in religion from Brown, he taught English for a decade at private high schools. In 2011, he received his MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of literary journals and his debut novel, Revolutionary, will be released from Simon & Schuster in January 2014. He currently is a Lannan Associate in the English Department at Georgetown University.