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Emerging Writers Institute

Creative writing camp in Berkeley for teens. Participants learn to write for real publications & experience Berkeley & San Francisco writing scene while living in college dorms!


Emerging Writers Institute - 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 - Diana Arterian, MFA (Lead Instructor)

Diana Arterian, MFA — Lead Instructor

Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow.

Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding...


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,...


Education Unlimited - Ploy Pirapokin, MFA (Instructor)

Ploy Pirapokin, MFA — Instructor

Ploy Pirapokin was born in Thailand and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and English from the University of San Diego and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. 

Her work is featured and forthcoming in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, Fiction International, the Bellingham Review, the East...


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 Camps

Emerging Writers Institute - 10th - 12th Grade

Emerging Writers Institute creative writing camp is a two-week summer writing program for teens. Rising 10th-12th graders experience a unique curriculum designed to develop and support students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. This creative writing summer program encourages students to challenge themselves technically and artistically through guided daily writing workshops, one-on-one instructor evaluations, group editing sessions, and creative presentati...

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 wri...