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Emerging Writers Institute - 7th - 9th Grade

Emerging Writers Institute is a unique opportunity for rising 7th - 9th graders to explore creative writing.

From day one, students are challenged through small group seminars focused on fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. In these seminars, and at daily writing workshops, students investigate the fundamentals of storytelling and discover how to read like writers. Diverse afternoon electives may include sci-fi writing, screenwriting, graphic novels, and travel writing and are used to let students try out new genres in a safe, exploratory environment. 

Scheduled writing time and one-on-one instructor evaluations help students develop good writing habits that will serve them year round. Students will also get inspired by off-campus instructor-led activities designed to introduce them to the literary culture of Berkeley or Los Angeles. By the end of the week, students will share polished pieces for publication in their own literary magazine and present their work in an informal reading for family and friends. 

Location Start Date End Date Grades
UC Berkeley Sun, Jun 11, 17 Sat, Jun 17, 17 7th - 9th
Stanford University Sun, Jul 2, 17 Sat, Jul 8, 17 7th - 9th
UC San Diego Sun, Jul 16, 17 Sat, Jul 22, 17 7th - 9th
Georgetown University Sun, Jul 16, 17 Sat, Jul 22, 17 7th - 9th
UCLA Sun, Aug 6, 17 Sat, Aug 12, 17 7th - 9th

Rising 10th-12th graders should click here.

Emerging Writers Institute - 7th - 9th Grade - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia Middleton Scholarship for excellence in academics and creative writing, and he earned his MFA in poetry from the Univ. of Las Vegas,...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 11th - Jun 17th 7th - 9th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $1,870.00 – $2,530.00
Jul 2nd - Jul 8th 7th - 9th Stanford University $1,870.00 – $2,530.00
Jul 16th - Jul 22nd 7th-9th Georgetown University $2,200.00 – $2,530.00
Jul 16th - Jul 22nd 7th - 9th San Diego Camp Location: UC San Diego $1,870.00 – $2,520.00
Aug 6th - Aug 12th 7th - 9th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $1,870.00 – $2,520.00