The 2021 Summer Writers Institute presents a dynamic series of six free public programs over three consecutive weekends, July 10–11, July 17–18, and July 24–25. The live, online series features an evening with Distinguished Visiting Writer Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet and St. Louis native; a panel discussion and Q&A, “Writing Hidden Histories of St. Louis”; and webinars on writing memoir, applying to MFA programs, cultivating conscious language, and teaching journalism in the classroom.

Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, see Details & Registration for each event.

We hope you will join us! 

Sylvia Sukop
Director, Summer Writers Institute
Curator, Public Program Series

Fall Schedule


Where Do Your Ideas Come From: Concepts, and World-Building

Thursday, November 13, 2021, 1 p.m.

Previous Events


Writing Hidden Histories of St. Louis

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 7 p.m.

Real News: Teaching Journalism in the Classroom

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 4 p.m.

Distinguished Visiting Writer Naomi Shihab Nye

Introduced by Mary Jo Bang
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 7 p.m.

So You Want to Write a Memoir: Getting Started

Sunday, July 18, 2021, 4 p.m.

Conscious Language: A Practical Guide for Writers

Saturday, July 24, 2021, 7 p.m.

Applying to MFA Programs: Strategies and Resources for Underrepresented Writers

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 4 p.m.


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