Unlike summer creative writing “camps,” The Creative Writers’ Workshop at Sacred Heart Preparatory is designed to give rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors a taste of what college-level creative writing workshops are actually like. Our program isn’t one of those nationally incorporated businesses. We don’t brand ourselves with a loose affiliation to a university. We’re not moguls of the summer academic industry. We’re working writers with lots of working writer friends. We believe in our workshop because we provide what other programs often lack: personal attention, a mature approach that young writers deserve, and access to nationally recognized writers.
CWW provides students with five fundamental components of study: daily workshops, craft-talks, guided writing practicums, individual writing time supported by individual conferences with core faculty, and special programs. Special programs may include readings from invited speakers, Q&A sessions and receptions/book-signings with such speakers, and group outings which promote and inspire new writing.
Each writer will meet individually with their core faculty member to discuss the larger “project” they wish to complete during the two weeks. This might entail a finished story, a novel in progress, or a small group of poems. Each student will have ample time to discuss this project with both the core faculty and with their workshop peers.
At the end of the two week program, each writer will turn in a portfolio of this work and will receive a final, detailed evaluation from their core faculty member. Writers work closely not only with their faculty, but also with their workshop peers in an environment of shared ownership. Attendees will be invited, too, to host and introduce renowned visiting writers. Why should the faculty get to do all the fun and fancy stuff?
The Typical Week at SCWW
MONDAY to THURSDAY
9:30 to 10 am
Students of both genres arrive, check-in. Core faculty will give overview
of the day’s schedule and introduce a broader artistic “theme” for the day and short
warm-up writing prompt.
10 am to Noon
Core Group Time. Core faculty member will lead students in
writing practicum: discussion topics and writing exercises. This time may also be used
for individual conferencing, writing time, and preparation for afternoon workshop.
Noon to 12:45pm
Break for lunch.
12:50 to 3:00 pm
Either workshops (two per week), 40-minute craft-talks and writing
exercise, guest speaker, or group outing and writing exercise.
9:30 to Noon
Fridays will be dedicated to special programs, such as readings and receptions with
visiting writers and a final presentation on literary publishing.
The workshop will culminate in a salon reading, given on the
final Friday evening for parents and friends.