The 2021 Summer Writers Institute (SWI) offers seven creative writing workshops across genres, bookended by two special events exclusive to students enrolled in the SWI: a keynote address by best-selling novelist Janet Fitch on Friday, July 9, and a culminating Student Reading on Friday, July 30. Registration instructions for both events will be provided to SWI students after they have enrolled.

This year’s SWI takes place fully online over a period of three weeks, July 9–30, 2021. Courses provide a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, complemented by illuminating talks and panels as part of our free Public Program series. Live Zoom sessions are held evenings and weekends to accommodate participants’ busy schedules. In poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and multi-genre workshops, adult writers from all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.

The Summer Writers Institute provides 3 units of credit. An application is not required. University College also offers a Certificate in Creative Writing and SWI course credits count toward that. Course registration begins March 31, 2021.

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