For Parents

Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House

for rising high school juniors and seniors

July 5-15, 2021

Information for Parents and Guardians

The Summer Workshop for Young Writers is an opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to develop their creative writing skills across genres and to collaborate with creative and thoughtful peers and faculty. In 2021, the Summer Workshop will be held remotely, via Zoom, due to concerns relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our program's director and lead instructor is Jamie-Lee Josselyn, Penn's Creative Writing Program's Associate Director for Recruitment, who holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. Daily craft sessions will be led by members of our Creative Writing Program's faculty and by established writers who are close to the Kelly Writers House community. The Summer Workshop is also supported by the work of full and part time staff members of Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.

Enrollment & Cancellation

The cost of the Summer Workshop for Young Writers at the Kelly Writers House is $750, which includes materials that will be mailed to each participant and course fees. Participants are responsible for supplying their own laptop or tablet to engage in Zoom sessions and complete assignments and securing internet access. Once a student receives notification of acceptance, which will be issued by email by mid-April, a non-refundable deposit will be due May 1. Students receiving financial assistance will be informed of alternative deposit requirements which will be disclosed in their acceptance.

We urge students not to cancel enrollment unless there are truly extreme circumstances preventing their participation in the Summer Workshop. If a student must cancel enrollment before May 1, we may be able to refund the student’s deposit and additional payments. After May 1, we typically cannot refund deposits or additional payments.

More information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Important Dates

Additional dates and deadlines will be provided as they become available. If any of these dates change, Summer Workshop staff will notify applicants/participants and parents as soon as possible.

  • February 5, 2021: Application for 2021 Summer Workshop goes live.
  • March 7, 2021: Applications for 2021 Summer Workshop are due.
  • Week of April 12, 2021: Applicants will receive email notification regarding admissions decision.
  • May 7, 2021: Enrollment and deposit are due for accepted students. After this date, we typically cannot refund deposits or payments.
  • First week of June 2021: Waitlisted students hear about acceptance status (if they have not already heard).
  • July 5, 2021: Summer Workshop begins.
  • July 15, 2021: Summer Workshop ends.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please email We also encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.