About Us

The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University offers an inspiring creative writing experience for up to 36 rising high school juniors and seniors from across the country and the world.  (We do not admit rising sophomores.) Financial assistance is available based on need.

The Reynolds Workshop

For over 20 years, the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University has been one of the premier summer creative writing programs for high school students.  In workshop groups of no more than 12 students, beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction get the chance to develop their talents and refine their skills in a close-knit community of like-minded friends. 

Our intensive 8-day program is limited to 36 rising high school juniors and seniors.  Participants are housed alongside Teaching Associate staff in residence halls on the campus of Denison University. located in the village of Granville, Ohio (22 miles east of Columbus). There’s also time for swimming, hiking, and a range of other activities, including an excursion to the Columbus Museum of Art or the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Participants spend mornings in small writing workshops led by our accomplished faculty members.  In afternoon classes, students focus on their choice of two genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction), supplemented by interactive sessions with visiting writers and our staff. All students contribute to the Reynolds Workshop Anthology, published by the week’s end!



Denison’s 1,200-acre hilltop campus features a mixture of historic and contemporary buildings, and includes a 350-acre biological reserve. All buildings–academic, residential, and athletic–are within walking distance of each other as well as of the quaint Village of Granville, which helps build a close-knit sense of community.

Denison’s library and technology resources are available to Reynolds Workshop participants. The library’s collection of over 418,000 volumes is part of the Consort Library group, with over 2,650,000 volumes available on short notice. Students have full access to Denison’s recreational facilities, including basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts and a swimming pool.


Denison University overlooks the town of Granville, a quaint New England-like village of 4,800 residents. Just a short walk from campus, Granville’s main street offers a number of shops and cafes to explore. Located within a 45-minute drive from Columbus, Granville provides a beautiful and safe community that has nurtured writers for generations.

How to get to Denison

How close is Denison to...?

Cleveland - 2 1/2 hours

Cincinnati - 2 1/2 hours

Pittsburgh - 3 hours

Indianapolis - 3 1/2 hours

Chicago - 7 hours

Washington, D.C. - 7 hours

St. Louis - 8 hours

New York City - 9 hours


Johnathan Reynolds


Successful playwright, author, and screenwriter Jonathan R. Reynolds is a 1965 Denison graduate who, through a remarkable $1.75 million endowment, has enhanced the University’s offerings in creative writing and theatre by creating a Distinguished Professorship, a Playwright-in-Residence position, and this Young Writers Workshop, now in its 21st year.

Jonathan Reynolds’s plays include Girls in Trouble, Dinner with Demons, and Stonewall Jackson’s House (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize). He is the recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation grants as well as the Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award for Sustained Achievement. For 6 years he wrote a bi-weekly food column for the New York Times Sunday magazine. His memoir, Wrestling with Gravy: A Life, with Food, was published by Random House in 2010. He lives in New York with his wife, the set designer and producer, Heidi Ettinger.