2023 Summer Creative Writing Intensives Photo Recap

It was a wild and wonderful Summer Creative Writing Intensive season with a sell-out crowd of amazing young writers enjoying laughter, community, literary adventures on and off-campus, Frisbee (of course!), and plenty of time for writing.  Take a look at just some of what we did this summer. And don’t forget to read a sampling of this summer’s amazing student writing in the 2023 Writers Circle Journal, launching in September.

Morning Inspirations

  • Monday morning image inspirations.

Getting Started

  • Who is that person in the photograph? Write....

Our Instructors Point the Way

  • Mike Bell teaching Crafting Imaginary Worlds: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Week 1)

Concentrating Inside and Out

Plotting and More Plotting

Listening, Questions, and Laughter


Freewrite and Focus

  • Freewrite means getting comfortable anywhere you like to write. On a desk...

Afternoon Group Writing Fun

  • Our fabulous interns lead Monday afternoon group writing and bonding activities.


  • Intern Anjali gets the game going.

Wednesday Literary Adventures

  • At the Brooklyn Museum of Art, we explored the artwork and the storage rooms, but what we really wanted was to...

Reading and Sharing

We began our readings, as has been our tradition, in the spacious “Gathering Hall”.

But we soon realized that it would be more intimate, and less intimidating, in the smaller classroom.

Weekly Full Group Shots


  • Week 1

As we say every summer for the past eleven years, the Intensives would not have been possible without our truly incredible instructors and staff:


  • Hannah (Weeks 1, 2 & 3!)


  • Libby Cudmore taught Fun-Sized: Flash, Micro, and List Stories in Week 1.


Judith Lindbergh & Michelle Cameron


who not only continued her role as Chaos Coordinator (“Program Coordinator,” for official purposes) and kept us steady and on task for the third year in a row, but she taught a fantastic class in Retellings in Week 3, and took up the Frisbee challenge one last time when arch-rival and former intern Jake visited us on the last day of the program. She even managed to find some time to write during her down-time!

All this awesomeness happened at Drew University, Madison, NJ

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See you next summer!