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Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House

for rising high school juniors and seniors

July 9-19, 2017

The Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House will be an intensive opportunity for a limited number of students. Because of our commitment to keeping the program small and the limitations of our intimate space, we will only be able to accommodate a small number of qualified candidates. Admission, or lack thereof, to this program will have no direct impact on a student’s chances for eventual admission to the University of Pennsylvania.

We welcome applications from high school students who will be entering their 11th and 12th grade years in the Fall of 2017.

The application for the 2017 program is available now via the link below. Applications are due March 17 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Our application consists of:

  • The online application form.
  • A 300-word essay about why you’d like to participate in this program and what you believe you’ll bring to our small literary community.
  • A high school transcript (official or unofficial).
  • One teacher recommendation letter.
  • An 8-10 page writing sample. We prefer creative work (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction), but will accept academic work, journalism, or other writing.
  • An optional need-based financial aid statement. If you are applying for financial assistance, please provide a single page letter describing your financial situation. The letter must be signed by either a parent/head-of-household or a high school representative (counselor, principal, teacher) and by you, the applicant. This statement should be uploaded to the “Additional Documents” section of the “Required Documents” section of the application.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 17, 2017.


Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 215-573-6545 or email summer-writing-workshop@writing.upenn.edu. We also encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information. For assistance with the Interfolio-specific issues, email help@interfolio.com or call (877) 997-8807.