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Creative Writing Intensive: The Living Word (Sold Out)

This program has sold out and has a short waitlist. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist.

Poetry is a means of seeing invisible things and saying unspeakable things about them.
– Howard Nemerov

If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– Toni Morrison

At a time when much of our lives are subject to strange and invisible influences – media trends, social and political tensions, the current health crisis – we need the skills of creative expression more than ever. In this workshop (for beginning and advanced writers), you will explore poetry and storytelling, their history and future, and even challenge ideas about modern discourse. We’ll examine some older voices and discover a few emerging ones, including your own. You will create new work using college-level prompts, apply professional tools for editing, learn how to submit work to publishers, and cultivate a performance. No previous experience is needed.

This creative summer class will meet every day, six days a week for writing, reading, discussion, games, field trips and more. 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 writers you enjoy. You’ll also have plenty of access to computers, reference material, and dreams.

Creative writing workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been a writer for years.

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Optional – laptop with a word processing program (Microsoft Word preferred)

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

A day in the summer writing program is comprised of writing, reading, discussion time, and critiquing. Students develop close-reading skills as they examine a variety of stories and poetry in terms of craft, and continue to explore the elements of craft (such as characterization, plot, dialogue, and setting) through writing exercises. Students develop their most promising pieces and workshop them with their classmates, receiving thorough feedback from peers and the teacher. Students then revise and polish these pieces and present their best work at the end of the program.

Students should be able to maintain focus and write at least 500 words a day. That said, the day is broken up by discussion time, reading time, and writing time, and groups tend to work in a few different places (the classroom, the library, outside).

Brendan Constantine is the author of four books of poetry. His work has appeared in most of the nation’s standards including Poetry, Tin House, Best American Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, and Poem-A-Day. 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.

Twitter: @poetbrendan

Age: 14-18

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

Final Reading information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab Fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Brendan Constantine

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