Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Comics

Pre-College Summer program students studying a painting for their Creative Writing class.
Program Description

In this four-week online creative writing course, rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will work with published authors, creative writing faculty, and MFA graduate students at the University of South Florida to develop their storytelling skills and engage with larger conversations about anti-racism and social justice. Studying different elements of craft and technique each week, students will read a range of published work and develop a vocabulary for discussing different genres of creative writing. Engaging with multi-genre prompts, students will write their own short story, poems, comics, and nonfiction and receive individualized feedback on their work from published authors. Through discussions on process and revision, students will learn about the different stages of the writing process and experiment with different writing forms and techniques.

 Program Application

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are typically dispersed between 2-3 weeks from application submission.

The official application deadline has passed. There may still be space within the program. To inquire about space, please email

Program Objectives

  • Identify and analyze key craft elements and techniques when reading works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics
  • Implement key craft elements and techniques in their own writing of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics to help find their own unique voice
  • Build a community of diverse writers
  • Critique creative work and incorporate feedback into their own revisions

Program Faculty

  •  Julia Koets

Program Dates and Times

  • Monday, July 12 – Friday, August 6.
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Program Price

  •  $1,199
  • A $200 deposit will be due after admission, in order to reserve a space in the program. The remaining $999 will be due by Friday, July 16.