creative writing

SUMMER AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL IMMERSION - JULY 8-26, 2019

connect with the city of chicago’s exciting literary communitY

(VIDEO) The Summer at Columbia Trailer

These three weeks have had such a profound influence on me. I apply the skills I obtained on a daily basis.
— Maia J. (2017 student)

DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL?

Summer at Columbia’s Creative Writing Immersion is for creative writers at all stages of study and skill. During your time with us, you will be introduced to a variety of writing forms and genres while engaging in writing activities that will elevate your work and enhance your creative practice. Communicators and artists in all majors can learn valuable creative and professional skills. In the classroom, and in collaboration with your peers, you will develop a familiarity and facility with core literary forms and structures, study published work in a wide variety of genres, engage with the vast literary landscape of Chicago, and create work that is evocative and engaging.

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AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL

  • Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff

  • Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries

  • Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world

  • Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago

  • Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future

  • Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE in the chicago literary landscape

In this immersion, you will connect with and engage in the exciting literary and arts communities of Columbia College Chicago and the city itself. Creative practitioners will introduce you to their work in literary arts and publishing, and will present workshops and master classes in writing, hand-made books, writing for performance, and related topics. Off-campus activities will include visits to the American Writers Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s renowned independent bookstores, and a number of literary and arts venues. In the final days of the program, we will revise and prepare work for possible publication and a public reading.

It absolutely changed my life...I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me because of this experience.
— Mya F. (2018 Summer at Columbia Student)
My son had an amazing experience at Columbia!
— Erendira R. (2017 Summer at Columbia parent)

(VIDEO) Check out the short documentary our 2017 Summer at Columbia Filmmaking students made about their experience with us.

YOUR freshman level ENGLISH AND CREATIVE WRITING COURSE

During your three weeks in the Summer at Columbia program, you’ll achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Foundations of Creative Writing course in our English and Creative Writing Department. Through a variety of workshops and activities, you will develop a solid foundation of creative writing practices essential to poets, fiction, and creative nonfiction writers, as well as contemporary creatives and communicators in a wide variety of fields.

This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course, and is a requirement of all Creative Writing students at Columbia College Chicago. Summer at Columbia students who pass this course and matriculate to Columbia are not required to take Foundations of Creative Writing as undergraduates.


About YOUR Faculty Mentor

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PATRICIA McNAIR

CREATIVE WRITING

Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.”

Author of And These Are the Good Times (essays), and The Temple of Air (stories), McNair received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award, as well as a number of Illinois Arts Council Awards. Her work is published in American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Superstition Review, Prime Number, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Barrelhouse, and in textbooks on writing.

McNair directs the undergraduate programs in Creative Writing in the English and Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year Award.


ENGLISH AND CREATIVE WRITING Alumni

Columbia College Chicago’s vibrant community and intensive curriculum have helped many undergraduate English and Creative Writing students go on to work in publishing, enter graduate schools, and publish works in a variety of genres and fields. Our graduate students emerge with professional credentials in their fields as well as pedagogical training and in-classroom teaching experience.

  • Geling Yan MFA ’99
    Novelist. Screenwriter. Luminary.
    Award-winning novelist Geling Yan draws inspiration from her native China. READ MORE

  • Chris Terry MFA ’12
    Author. Copywriter. Punk Rocker.
    Chris Terry learned the benefits of producing as much work as possible while studying at Columbia. READ MORE

  • Jessie Ann Foley MFA ’12
    Novelist. Award-winner. Dynamo.
    Jessie Ann Foley's first novel, The Carnival at Bray, launched her career as an award-winning writer. READ MORE

  • Kelly Forsythe MFA ’11 
    Poet. Publicist. Historian.
    Poet Kelly Forsythe finds inspiration in historical events. READ MORE

  • Hafizah Geter MFA ’10
    Poet. Editor. Feminist.
    Hafizah Geter found her voice through contemporary poetry. Now, her life centers around it. READ MORE

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