Application & Tuition
The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year. We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores.
The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,350. (On-campus residency is required.) Generous financial assistance, made possible through the Reynolds Endowment, is available based on need. A simple financial aid request form is included in the online application.
Applicants are asked to complete a short online application, submit a creative writing sample (up to 10 pages of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction), and arrange for a teacher or guidance counselor complete a short online recommendation form. There is NO application fee. Full details are provided in the online application form, which will open in early January. The application deadline is March 1. Acceptance notifications are sent out by early April.
Upcoming Workshop Dates: June 21-28, 2020
At the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, we meet daily in small morning and afternoon workshops (limited to 12 students per group). In addition, sessions led by visiting writers, individual conferences, and structured writing time further enhance your skills.
Daily morning workshop groups, each taught by a core faculty member, introduce you to the fundamentals of creative writing across the genres. Classes may include writing exercises, short reading assignments, and discussions of technique and craft. Most importantly, you’ll share and critique (“workshop”) each other’s drafts (in your genre of choice). Workshops help you learn to recognize your strengths and explore a variety of approaches to revision in a positive, supportive learning environment.
Daily afternoon workshops, also taught by core faculty members, give you an opportunity to delve in greater depth into two genres of your choice (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction). Writing exercises and craft discussions are designed to help you develop your skills and explore elements of craft and literary form.
On select days we also offer a choice of fun, interactive workshops led by our TA staff that will take your creativity in new directions—even out of the classroom, for a visit to a local thrift shop or walk in Denison’s 300-acre Bio-reserve. Recent topics include “The Poetics of Death Cab for Cutie,” “Archetypes and Fairy Tales in Modern Stories,” “Writing the Wardrobe,” and “Writing and Mindfulness: The Roles of Mind and Body in Creativity.”
It’s one thing to read the words of published authors; it’s another to hear those words directly from them and to have the opportunity to spend time with them in person. The Reynolds Workshop brings acclaimed poets and writers to campus to conduct workshops and give readings. Faculty members and TAs, all practicing writers, also give readings from their recent work.
Quality writing time is central to the Reynolds Workshop experience. You’ll have daily opportunities to put into practice the things you learn. TAs lead structured writing activities in the evenings and are on hand informally to critique your work. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet individually with faculty members to discuss your work, aspirations, writing goals.
Cultural and recreational opportunities in the Granville and Columbus areas abound. Each week typically includes an afternoon’s excursion to the Columbus Museum of Art or the Wexner Center for the Arts at OSU. Other activities may include hiking in Denison’s 350-acre bio-reserve, swimming, volleyball, movies, bowling, and trips for Whit’s frozen custard (a local treat)! There’s also free time for socializing and, of course, for writing. We celebrate the end of the week with a Sunday banquet for participants and their families.
Each day at the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is packed with activity! Workshop groups meet each day from 9 am to noon and from 1 to 2:30 pm. Sessions with visiting writers, TAs, and/or individual conferences take up the remainder of the afternoons. Evenings are devoted to readings, followed by recreation and other informal activities. On our last evening, workshop participants read from the work they have produced during the week.
9 am to 12 noon
Morning workshop groups
12 noon to 1 pm
1 to 2:30 pm
Afternoon workshop groups
2:30 to 4 pm
Visiting writer workshop
4 to 5:30
Free time, individual conferences
5:30 to 7:30 pm
7:30 to 8:30 pm
8:30 to 11:30 pm
Writing time, recreation, and other activities with TA staff
Workshop participants live on campus in one of Denison’s residence halls. Girls and boys are housed on separate wings or floors, typically in double rooms or suites with single-sex bathrooms on the hall. All rooms have online access in addition to campus-wide Wi-fi. A lounge area and computer lab with printers, all dedicated to our program, are also in the dorm. Laundry and kitchen facilities are available as well. Our six Teaching Associates reside in the residence hall along with program participants.