Reading by the Kelly Writers House’s Summer Workshop for Young Writers

These readings will be the culmination of the Summer Workshop for Young Writers held at the Kelly Writers House. Join us in welcoming these talented young writers from all across the country and beyond!

More about the program: 

For more than 20 years, we at the Kelly Writers House have believed in the power of the creative community. We are thrilled to bring a small group of high school writers to Penn’s campus for ten days this summer to learn from our faculty, our staff, and perhaps most importantly, from one another.

The goal of this workshop is to provide creative high school students, especially those who have not had similar opportunities, with the chance to dedicate full days to the practice of writing. Students will develop their own work and will read and critique their peers’ writing in a setting similar to an undergraduate writing workshop. There will also be time to explore Penn and Philadelphia with fellow workshop students and program staff.


Students will spend each morning in a personal essay writing workshop led by Penn creative writing instructor Jamie-Lee Josselyn, who also serves as the Director of the Summer Workshop. Over the course of the workshop, students will read and critique one another’s writing as part of the revision process.

Each day after lunch, craft sessions will be presented by guest lecturers in genres that may include poetry, fiction, screenwriting, experimental writing, comics writing, and more. Participants will also have the chance to get their hands inky at our Robinson Press, learn the basics of digital recording in our Wexler Studio, and take part in a creative collaboration with Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

Our goal is for Summer Workshop participants to become confident and engaging writers by bearing witness to their own stories while being exposed to a range of literary forms and styles. We also hope that participants will benefit from collaborating with their peers, all in a friendly and intimate setting.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
130 S. 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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