About the Summer Writers Institute

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, and build community among fellow writers.

This year’s SWI takes place across a range of in-person, generative creative writing courses, and is complemented by a robust series of free public programs. The Institute takes place over a period of three weeks: July 10–30, 2023. SWI course credits are also counted towards the Certificate in Creative Writing at University College.

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  • Explore Summer Writers Institute course offerings.
  • Learn more about our weekend series of public programs. Admission is free but pre-registration is required.
  • Are you a WashU employee? You can use your tuition benefit to enroll in SWI.
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