June 25-29, 2017
Space is Still Available! - Application Deadline is Extended to May 19th, 2017
Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this popular co-ed, overnight summer camp. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning. With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty and staff, terrific facilities, and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Creative Writing Camp could make this your best summer ever!
- This program provides an introduction to a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama.
- In morning and afternoon sessions, students participate in writing intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: voice, character, image, scene, and setting.
- Students will have an opportunity to participate in workshop sessions in which they will read and discuss each other’s work with an eye towards revision.
- Students will also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose. Discussions are lively, and students will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty.
Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for students entering grades 10-12 who love to write and want to learn new ways to improve their writing skills with others who share their passion! Check out comments from some former campers.
Students attend classes during the day and enjoy recreational activities in the evening. View a sample weekly schedule. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Professor Susan Morehouse, AU professor of English, is the program director. She and Dr. Juliana Gray, AU associate professor of English, serve as the primary instructors.
When not in class, students have lots of fun participating in recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together, students have ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. Sample activities include:
- Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
- Movies in Nevins Theater
- Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
- Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "Project Runway," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
- Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
- Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
- Farewell party on the last night
When campers are not in class, they are supervised by specially-trained Camp Counselors who serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.
Housing and Meals
Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate buildings. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.
Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.
Tuition, Room and Board
Students will arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM for registration on Sunday and leave after lunch on Thursday. The program fee is $910. This includes a non-refundable $100 deposit. This covers tuition, supervision, class materials, recreational activities, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day.
The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application by May 1, 2016. Full payment of the balance is due June 1, 2016.
Each participant is responsible for transportation, incidentals and extra nights or meals. If, for any reason, a participant must be sent home early, all expenses will be paid by the student/parents.
(Commuter Rate: Students living locally who wish to attend this program as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, supervision, program materials and lunch, is $810. Evening recreational activities are not included. Students who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 9:00 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.)
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for campers in any of our summer programs.
Students who wish to apply must submit all of the items listed below:
- A completed online application form
- $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
- Copy of an up-to-date transcript or most recent report card
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers (on official school stationery)
- A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)
- Two samples of your creative writing (not longer than 4 pages each - can be excerpts from longer works)
Send to: Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or fax to 607.871.2045, or scan and send to us via email.
After the May 1 deadline, the Summer Camp Admissions Committee will evaluate all applications and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email by the middle of May, 2017. Along with their acceptance letter, students will receive specific instructions on where to find and download all required materials for camp attendance including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by June 1. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.
For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607.871.2612. For specific information concerning class content please contact Professor Susan Morehouse via email.
Comments from Past Participants:
"It was THE BEST week of my life. I still keep in touch with everyone I met there, and hope to come back next summer. The classes were excellent, and the whole experience was just unforgettable. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart." - Liz S., Ashley, OH
"This week was amazing! The best camp experience I've ever had, hands down. I loved being able to meet all of these people who share my interests (in a fun-filled environment, no less). Classes were fantastic - informative, creative and often laugh-out-loud funny. Activities were spectacular, food was decent, RAs and instructors were helpful and kind. What a week! Thanks for the memories, Alfred! This place ROCKS!! - Luke H., Haddon Township, NJ
"I think it was the perfect environment for learning. We had the perfect balance of instruction and freedom. Our classes were "laid back" enough to feel comfortable, but professional too, so we were able to learn to write to our full potential. I loved creating my character and hearing other people's ideas and writing. I also enjoyed (and will remember) the tips and advice I got from my teachers!"- Alexandra R., Scranton, PA
"I know so many great new resources now and better ways to go about doing things like developing characters. I loved hearing the work of others and the feedback we received was always so helpful. The best thing was making friends who care about writing as much as I do and having lots of time to write!" - Brooke C., Canton, CT
"The teachers were great! The classes were interesting and educational. The best thing about the institute was the experience of being at college!" - Bethany Z., Boscawen, NH
"The classes were wonderful. I not only gained some interesting perspectives on writing, but great little tidbits about life too." - Adam I., Rye, NH
"The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is lovely. I learned a lot and was able to broaden my creative writing skills considerably. I feel good that I chose to come - it was definitely worth it. I made new friends and learned so much." - Colleen T., Rock Hill, NY
"It was not only a good pre-college experience and a place to learn more about what I love to do, but I made so many friends, and had one of the best weeks of my life! Thanks so much!" -Emily T., Hornell, NY
"The writing classes helped me to be a better writer." - Alanna M., Hampton, NJ
"I liked going to the coffee shop and creating characters because you could spend time with friends and make use of your imagination." - Caitlin M., Richburg, NY
"I loved my creative writing classes and going to the lake and the Terra Cotta Coffee House was a lot of fun!" - Sydney H., Reston, VA
"Meeting new people was refreshing. I could be myself and people accepted me." - Alli M., Fishers, IN
"I learned to write more vividly, making the reader feel as if in the moment. Also I learned how to write more in-depth about a character in a story and try to think of them as a real person." - Grace E., Ridgewood, NJ
"My passion is to write and this class was so comfortable. I didn't feel awkward or embarrassed and the instructors were so friendly and open. I learned how to open my eyes in the writing world. I was taught so much that made me experience writing in a whole new way and was given open doors for my passion to excel." Kaylan M., Morris Plains, NJ
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about your favorite subject and meeting other students who share your passion for writing!
The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.
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