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Alfred University Creative Writing Camp

  • Program Address:

    Alfred University Summer Programs
    1 Saxon Drive
    Alfred, NY 14802, U.S.A.

    Phone: 607-871-2612
    Fax: 607-871-2045
  • Winter Address:

    Alfred University Summer Programs
    1 Saxon Drive
    Alfred, NY 14802, U.S.A.

Directors: Susan Morehouse, Juliana Gray

Alfred University welcomes students to our beautiful campus each summer to take part in our popular Creative Writing camp. This dynamic co-ed, residential program 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! The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning. The 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. They participate in workshop sessions in which they read and discuss each others work with an eye towards revision. Students 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 have opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty. In the evenings, students have lots of fun participating in a variety of recreational activities including indoor and outdoor games, movies, visits to a nearby lake for picnics and campfires, swimming, hikes, social gatherings at the coffee house, a farewell party on the last night, and more. Living, dining and learning together, students have a great opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. When not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Resident Assistants who serve as camp counselors, mentors, positive role models and friends. Housing is provided in secure university residence halls dedicated to summer campers. 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. The $895 fee covers tuition, supervision, materials, room and board from dinner on the first day through!

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, our campus is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning, writing and meeting other students who share your interests. With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Creative Writing Camp could make this your best summer ever!

  • Directors:
    Susan Morehouse, Juliana Gray
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  • Nearest city:
    Hornell, NY


  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Drama
  • Writing Intensives
  • Workshops
  • Reading
  • Prose
  • Group Discussions
  • Swimming
  • Movies
  • Recreational Games
  • Basketball
  • Board Games
  • Campfires
  • Farewell Party

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