The mission of the Summer Writers Institute (SWI) at Washington University in St. Louis extends beyond the high-quality instruction delivered by its diverse, award-winning faculty, to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming space for writers of all backgrounds and ambitions. Founded in 1996, the SWI serves as a platform for writers to jump-start new creative explorations, hone their craft skills, and build community among fellow writers.

This year’s SWI takes place fully online, July 9–30, 2021, offering a range of generative creative writing courses complemented by a robust series of free public programs. Through a new course and our public programs, we are pleased to spotlight writers, themes, and challenges related to “writing St. Louis,” and to provide practical, focused, writing-related learning opportunities for all.

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