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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. 

 
UPCOMING SESSIONS: 
 
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 - Elizabeth Bull, MFA (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, MFA — Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and...


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...


Education Unlimited - Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA (Instructor)

Diana Khoi Nguyen, MFA — Instructor

Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. She received an MFA in creative writing...


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
Jul 30th - Aug 5th 7th-9th Stanford University $1,870.00 – $2,530.00
Aug 6th - Aug 12th 7th - 9th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $1,870.00 – $2,520.00