Young Writers Institute

The application process will open in Spring 2020

Please contact us at (520) 621-5849 with any questions. 


This three-week program focuses on providing students opportunities to develop writing fluency and confidence in academic writing through project-based activities.

On a typical day, students will . . .

  • spend mornings reading, writing, discussing, and presenting their writing 
  • spend afternoons participating in workshops to experiment with various types of writing
  • produce an anthology of writing 

Throughout the program, participants will have opportunities to participate in UA activities.  You can read an article about the YWI here

Who May Participate

High school students (grades 9-12 in the coming school year)


Summer 2020
Dates: July 
Place: University of Arizona (Main Campus)
Time: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

Please note that this is not an overnight camp. Housing and meals are not provided by WSIP.


  • $15 Non-refundable application fee (does not guarantee acceptance into the program)

This is a competitive program. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Application Packet Requirements

  1. Completed online application. Due TBA
    • Personal Statement (included in the application): Why are you applying to attend the Young Writers Institute? Be honest! Do you love writing and want to grow as a writer? Do you hate writing and someone is insisting that you apply? What do you think about your writing skills and how can participating in the program help you? (200 words)
  2. Letter of Support: Letter of Support from a recent teacher, school administrator, or job supervisor who can recommend you. UPLOAD to the application or email directly to
  3. Application Fee 

Notification of acceptance will begin in early May. 

** Recipient of a 2018 Marshall Foundation Grant **

** Recipient of a 2017 College of Humanities Teaching and Outreach Grant. **