ABOUT THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP AT IDYLLWILD ARTS ACADEMY
For high school students interested in developing as writers, Idyll-
wild Arts offers a major in creative writing, which, combined with the academic program, prepares a student to pursue writing fields in college and beyond. The overall program for writers at IAA
provides a general study of literature, arts and sciences, and fine arts; it also provides extracurricular experiences in public readings, publishing a literary magazine, and excursions to cultural and environmental experiences. A tiered curriculum provides
introductory and advanced workshops, seminars, tutorials, a senior thesis, and a senior oral examination. Individual courses place
an equal emphasis on the process of writing and on the study of literature by writers of many eras, continents, and sensibilities.
Participants in the workshop develop a wide-ranging background in literature and the fine arts, varied historically, intellectually, geographically, and culturally.
Classes are small, usually fewer than 10 students, with department enrollment no greater than 22 students. Creative writing teachers
at IAA are a mixture of full and part-time faculty who only teach
creative writing courses. Their work has been published by nationally known, professional journals and presses respected by other
writers, editors, and publishers. Distinguished and emerging visiting writers teach master classes and provide feedback to students. In the 2009-2010 academic year, our guests included novelist Brady Udall and poets Ed Skoog and Douglas Kearney. 134