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Why Us?

There are dozens -- if not hundreds -- of creative writing summer programs out there. We believe we're offering something unique.

Ready to take the plunge? Apply to our Studio by June 24 to be considered for our 2022 Mentee Cohort.

Prepare for the teen writing world -- by learning from its most accomplished

Our Mentors are National Student Poets, YoungArts Finalists, Scholastic Best-in-Grade Medalists, Foyle Young Poets, Adroit Prize Recipients, and graduates of the most prestigious teen writing summer programs. They have recent, on-the-ground experience in the teen writing world -- and know how to succeed in it. They're ready to pass those tools on to you. As one of the only programs to focus on middle school writers, we arm you with the skills to succeed in the world of teen writing competitions.


One-on-one, personalized instruction designed specifically for you

You'll work one-on-one with a Mentor who's designed a curriculum tailored to your strengths and weaknesses. You'll get a personal Zoom call with your Mentor each week, plus a full developmental edit of whatever work you produce. We know that writing isn't one-size-fits-all; that's why our program offers extensive one-on-one tutoring, individualized for your needs.

Participate in group workshops, peer editing sessions, guest lectures, and more

Just because writing is an independent activity doesn't mean you have to write alone. We foster community within our Mentee cohort by hosting Mentor-led group workshops, peer editing sessions, guest lecturer events, and other bonding and recreational activities. We pair outstanding, personalized teaching with the community feel of a residential writer's workshop.


Guarenteed publication

We want to get your voice heard. Our program guarantees Mentees the opportunity to publish their work through our parent, The Incandescent Review, a national nonprofit youth literary magazine that boasts YoungArts Finalists and Scholastic National Gold Medalists as contributors. Mentors guide mentees through every step of the publication process. Head over to the Anthology tab to check out past student work.


Accessible, flexible tuition & commitment to financial aid

We believe every promising young writer deserves to have their voice heard, regardless of their financial circumstances. That's why we've priced our tuition several magnitudes lower than our peer programs -- at $30.00 USD per instructional week. And we offer a generous financial aid program to those for whom the tuition is a barrier to entry.


A truly international community

As an online program, we're able to tap into a truly global group of English-speaking writers and thinkers. Join a network that spans across the seas, with Mentors, Mentees, and staff hailing from the UK, the Philippines, all parts of the USA, and more.

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