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Lamplighter Literary Arts Summer Writing Institute

Join a creative virtual community dedicated to the craft of storytelling.

Spend time this July with fellow writers. The Lamplighter Literary Arts Summer Institute (LLASWI) offers middle and high school students from around the globe the opportunity to immerse themselves in a community of peers with shared creative interests and to learn from professional writers and teachers who are as passionate about their craft as you are. Practice the fundamentals and nuances of a variety of writing genres. Build skills and create work you can be proud of. Our unique schedule has been designed to accommodate students from most time zones.


  • All programming is virtual.
  • Open to any student entering grades 7–12
  • Classes meet Monday–Friday (no weekend meetings except for the welcome meet-and-greet on Sunday, July 11)
  • First session: July 11–23; choose from fiction, poetry, journalism, and play/screenwriting
  • Second session: July 26-30; crime fiction. Morning session only 8 - 10:30 am E.T.
  • Instruction takes place for 2.5 hours a day and includes synchronous (25 hours over two weeks) and asynchronous learning
  • Student writers learn together through “craft talks” and discussions, and engage in weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with workshop leaders
  • Peer workshop sessions allow writers to practice offering and receiving feedback 
  • Morning (8 - 10:30 am ET) and evening (8-10:30 pm ET) sessions to accommodate a range of zones. See the program schedule here.
  • Small class sizes (no more than 15 students)
  • Each day at 12 pm ET, a workshop leader or visiting writer will read their work and answer questions
  • The learning-management system (LMS) for the workshop is Canvas, accessible from anywhere
  • See this info sheet for an FAQ, faculty bios, and more.


Meet the Instructors!

We can't wait to meet you. See video introductions from a few of the LLASWI instructors here.


Get in touch with John Corrigan, head of the Lamplighter Literary Arts Summer Writing Institute, with any questions: