July 10–23, 2016
With so few writing programs that cater exclusively to high school girls, Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows you to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters your love of writing in a variety of mediums.
All of your classes will be in workshop style, which means each class will begin with a short segment that focuses on a single lesson. Then the instructors will check in with you to see what you are working on. Open writing time follows. The class session ends with each writer sharing her progress with the group.
Your professors are all published writers and poets. They will pay special attention to teaching you how to read your work to an audience and how to get published. At the end of the workshop, you will have the start of an online writing portfolio and some professional contacts in the literary world.
In the evenings, you will meet more published writers and hear them read and discuss their work. You will also have free time to write on your own and get to know new friends.
Lenelle Moïse is a poet, playwright, songwriter, performance artist and teacher. She is the author of Haiti Glass, winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. She was a 2012–14 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and the 2010–11 Poet Laureate of Northampton. A graduate of Smith College, M.F.A. '04, she will return to campus in spring 2017 as the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence. Learn more about Moïse's work on her website.
Pam Victor, a Smith College alumna and founder of Happier Valley Comedy, facilitates Communication Through Laughter. She is the author of Baj and the Word Launcher and co-author of Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book. She performs and teaches improv professionally throughout the region. You can learn more about her work on her website.