Summer programs give young writers the attention and guidance they need.

Led by practicing, published writers, students spend time creating fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction—all in a constructive, supportive atmosphere. Students write and read every day and gain a new appreciation for what it is to not only write, but write well.

Arts Odyssey Program  
Rising 8th & 9th-Graders
June 20 - 25 / June 27 - July 2, 2021

During this one-week session, emerging writers are encouraged to discover their talents in poetry and fiction through daily workshop sessions, during which they share original compositions for critique. Under the tutelage of published, practicing writers, students compose poems and stories, then submit them for peer review in a relaxed, positive workshop setting. In addition, the Arts Odyssey writers expand their knowledge of contemporary authors and expand their critical vocabulary through a variety of reading materials. At the end of the Arts Odyssey session, students present their works at a pair of public readings. Students apply in the 7th and 8th grade and must be a legal resident of South Carolina to apply.

Academy Program 
Rising 10th-Graders
July 11 - 24, 2021

During the two-week Academy session, creative writing students participate daily in a workshop-based curriculum, focusing on poetry and fiction. Student-writers compose original poems and stories during the session - under the tutelage of published, practicing writers - and submit these pieces for peer review in a positive workshop setting. In addition, the creative writers are required to read constantly during the two weeks and discuss what they’ve read, expanding their knowledge of contemporary writers, as well as their critical vocabulary. At the end of the Academy session, students present their works at a pair of public readings. Students apply during the 9th grade and must be a legal resident of South Carolina to apply. 

Creative Writing students in class
Students in class
a student reading a book

Academy Application

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First Application Deadline: $25 application fee automatically waived if application form is submitted by November 30, 2020

Final Application & Portfolio Deadline: January 6, 2021

Components for Online Application Process

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Writing Experience

Portfolio *see details below*

Art Area Recommendation

Academic Recommendation

Current Report Card

Current Attendance Record

Audition Interview Video *see Academy Audition tab*

Portfolio

The portfolio must contain one of the following:

  • Five Poems (5 poems / 1 per page) OR 
  • One Short Story (no longer than five pages)

Mandatory Portfolio Format

  • Name (upper right-hand corner)
  • Page numbers (lower right-hand corner)
  • Poetry - typed and single-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Fiction - typed and double-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font

Upload the portfolio in Word or PDF format. Do not upload using the PAGES app.

Arts Odyssey Application

Apply Now!

Final Application & Portfolio Deadline: December 11, 2020

Components for Online Application Process

Inquiry & Login Credentials

Application Form

Passport-Style ID Photo

Writing Experience

Portfolio *see details below*

Arts Odyssey Questions

Art Area Recommendation

Current Report Card

Portfolio

The portfolio must contain one of the following:

  • Five Poems (5 poems / 1 per page) OR 
  • One Fictional Short Story (no longer than five pages

Mandatory Portfolio Format

  • Name (upper right-hand corner)
  • Page numbers (lower right-hand corner)
  • Poetry - typed and single-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font
  • Fiction - typed and double-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font

Upload the portfolio in Word or PDF format. Do not upload using the PAGES app.

Academy Audition

The Academy Creative Writing Auditions will be held virtually this year. 

Audition Interview videos must be submitted by February 5, 2021. 

Audition Interview Video & Submission Guidelines

Audition Video Guidelines Video Submission Guidelines

Tips for the Audition Interview Video

Be yourself. Be honest. We want to know who you are.

We accept students who are passionate about writing and passionate about strengthening their talents as a writer. If you seem apathetic, or if you say things like, "My mom made me apply" or "I'm just looking for a way to get out of the house," our program may not be the best fit for you. 

If you need a list of contemporary poets and fiction writers, take a look at the Suggested Reading List we've compiled. Check out some of the authors and tell us what you think about them. P.S. - know the names of the authors you have read.

You'll respond to the question: How often do you write? Tip: The correct answer is not, "When I'm really sad or bummed out." Be familiar with your own work.

Suggested Reading List

The Creative Writing program is as focused on reading as it is on writing, and the following link provides a list of suggested reading. Not sure where to start? Pick an author at random and start reading. Or, research a few authors to see who sparks your interest and start reading.

Suggested Reading List

When you find authors you like, research to see what all they have written. Do they only write fiction or do they also write poetry or maybe non-fiction? Read some of everything so you learn what you like and don't like. Also, find out who your favorite authors like to read and read works by those authors.