Young Writers Institute

Still accepting applications!

For over forty years, WSIP has held summer programs for high school students to support their development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. We build a community of writers comprised of students at varying skill levels and with varying interests. Our aim is to create a fun and engaging learning environment in which every student feels comfortable and confident to participate in reading, writing, and presentation activities. Throughout the program, we introduce students to interesting resources available through the University of Arizona. This includes virtual field trips to museums, libraries, and other centers around campus. Our goal is that by the end of the 3-week program, students will have gained valuable experiences and tools to help them succeed in their academic and personal adventures. 

The Young Writers Institute is the only program of its kind in Arizona. Our innovative curriculum successfully supports literacy development.2022 Young Writers Institute Flier

General Topics

  • Developing Voice                                * Details and Description                                   * Observation and Note-taking
  • Summary and Analysis                       * Search and Research                                     * Visual and Oral Presentations
  • Grammar and Style                            * Organization and Time Management               * Writing Academic Genres
  • Creativity and Expression

Students work on two main projects-- the personal Zine or Book Object and the collaborative Anthology. 


July 5-22, 2022 

Who Is Eligible

  • Students entering grades 9-12

Location UPDATE

We have shifted to program to an online-only format this summer. Monday-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm (Arizona Time) 


  • $275 

Application Process

Read more about the Young Writers Institute in the UA College of Humanities News .
Watch videos about past institutes on our YouTube channel.

The Young Writers Institute is appreciative to have received the following awards:

  • 2018 Marshall Foundation Award
  • 2017 College of Humanities Teaching and Outreach Grant

The YWI is not a residential program. Housing and meals are not provided.