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Creative Writing Studio

Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th Pre-College Summer 2024
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Learn more about this program!


Course Description

Creative Writing Studio

In Creative Writing Studio, Eastern's one-week, residential creative writing course for high school students, young writers will dive into the genres of poetry and fiction writing. The fun-and-fast week will give students the chance to generate new work, participate in writing workshops, star in open mics, make friends with fellow writers their age, and assemble a printed collection of their creative work. 

 Open to student entering Grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall. 

Meet the Professor

Dr. Daniel Donaghy
Professor Daniel Donaghy has been an English Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2005. He has received Eastern’s Board of Regents Teaching Award and its CSU Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research Award. He has published hundreds of poems and several short stories including The Southern Review, Missouri Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review just to name a few. His work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writers Almanac. Dr. Donaghy also ran his Creative Writing Studio in July 2023 for Pre-College Summer and is excited to run it again!  

Draft Class Schedule

Schedule is Subject to Change


Intro to Poetry Writing  

  • Learning to let go  
  • Finding your voice, claiming your power  
  • Learning how to read like writers  
  • Short writing exercises and sharing  


Some More Poetry Writing 

  • Writing about the tough subjects  
  • Quick look at some poetry forms  
  • Making the page a stage  
  • View videos and practice performances 


Intro to Short Fiction  

  • Crafting memorable characters: What do they want? What’s keeping them from getting it?  
  • Making your setting come alive  
  • Writing believable dialogue  
  • Draft short pieces  


A Deeper Dive into Short Fiction  

  • Pushing your plot past the point of no return  
  • Historical fiction: It’s not just for long, boring novels  
  • Writing a satisfying ending: Tying together loose ends  
  • Continue work on short pieces   


Course Wrap-Up: Polishing, Sharing, and Publishing Creative Writing

  • We'll put together our final drafts, assemble a personal book of our work, and contribute a piece to our class anthology
  • Celebrate: We'll wrap up our week together with a public performance of our creative work

Schedule at a Glance

Weekly Schedule Monday thru Friday
8:30am - 9am  Breakfast
9:15am - 12:15pm Class
12:15pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 1:50pm Optional Activities
2pm - 4pm Class or Workshop
4pm - 5pm Free Time
5pm - 5:45pm Dinner
6pm - 9pm Social Programming
10pm Room Checks

2pm - 4pm Closing Ceremony on Friday