Join Us July 18–24, 2021

An exciting experience now in its 34th summer, this workshop provides America’s most talented high school writers with the opportunity to work in intensive, small-group workshops led by nationally recognized authors.  

Featuring workshops in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, Susquehanna’s Summer Writers Workshop was selected as a “Best Value in Summer College Programs” by Early College Programs and named one of the 500 best summer programs in the world by Princeton Review. 

Experienced writers entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2021 are eligible to attend the 2021 Summer Writers Workshop. Participants will be required to submit a writing portfolio containing 5–6 poems or 6–8 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction as part of the registration process. 

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The Summer Writers Workshop offers a variety of writing activities throughout the week to help you become a better writer. You’ll also get valuable advice about college writing programs and career opportunities. 

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • Attend daily seminar classes taught by Susquehanna creative writing faculty. 
  • Study elements of craft in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. 
  • Write between 10 and 100 new pages. 
  • Workshop your new work in a supportive environment. 
  • Practice the art of revision. 
  • Have individual conferences with your professor. 
  • Perform your new work in the Saturday Student Reading.

On Sunday, Summer Writers Workshop attendees must arrive at Susquehanna University between 2 and 3 p.m. for workshop orientation. Workshop activities will begin at 5 p.m. The following days will include a full daily schedule of group workshops, individual conferences, fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction performances, and appearances by guest writers. A public reading will close the Writers Workshop on Saturday, the last day of the program. 

Workshop activities are held in the Writers Institute House, Apfelbaum Hall and the Degenstein Campus Center, all located within walking distance of air-conditioned residence halls. Residence halls are also located in close proximity to a state-of-the-art fitness and cardio center, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, computer labs and library. Students will receive three meals a day featuring unlimited entrees and soup and salad, deli and dessert bars. All students will be housed in single rooms unless otherwise requested. 


The $875 Comprehensive fee includes personalized instruction, room, meals and all program materials, as well as an anthology including your fiction or poetry mailed to your home in October.

Must be registered by July 2


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available. A letter from your guidance counselor indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measures of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are available regardless of whether the program is offered online or in-person.


Must be registered by July 2

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Catherine Zobal Dent, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4518

Karla Anne Kelsey, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Professor of English & Creative Writing

Monica Prince

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4514

Silas Dent Zobal, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Glen Retief, Ph.D.

Department: English & Creative Writing
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4035

Hasanthika Sirisena

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

Matthew Neill Null

Department: English & Creative Writing
Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4383

Ryan Rickrode

Department: English & Creative Writing
Visiting Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing

"I absolutely loved the experience. It made me so much more confident in my writing, and helped me definitively know that writing is my passion, and I could do it every day of my life. I’m so grateful for this experience,  because it made me a much better writer overall." (2020)

"The faculty readings were one of my favorite aspects of the program - it was exhilarating to hear these established writers read their work and answer our questions!" (2020)

"This was the first time I got my writing workshopped and it was such a positive experience. I learned so much and am excited to take what I learned and incorporate it into my future writing!" (2020)

"Signing up for this program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Participating this week confirmed that writing is what I want to do with my life." (2020)

“I am proud of the work I completed. Having workshops was very helpful for constructive criticism.” (2019)

“Having the opportunity to experience a class, while living on a college campus, has given me a clearer sense of what my own college experience will be like.” (2019)

“I wrote something different from my normal and I really improved.” (2019)

“I had a lot of fun! The field trips were amazing, and I had great writing time. Thank you for an awesome experience.” (2019)

With recent faster-spreading variants — especially those more severely affecting young adults and children — Susquehanna University instituted vaccination protocols for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and guests.

  • All students residing on campus over the summer, including high school students who participate in pre-college programs, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they arrive on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as at least two weeks after the final dose.
    • The minimum age for getting vaccinated is determined by each COVID-19 vaccine. For the list of approved vaccinations and their age indications and schedule, visit this CDC page.
  • A copy of the student’s COVID-19 vaccination card must be submitted with the required medical form (accessible from each program page).

If you have questions regarding the summer vaccination requirement, email Michelle Harman at or call 570-372-4451.

*Participant safety is our highest priority. Susquehanna University reserves the right to cancel Summer Pre-College Programs if necessary in order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations.

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