Writing Your World
- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- Language Arts
The best nonfiction is vivid, informative, and gripping. It can startle readers with new perspectives on society, reveal mysteries in medicine, bring life and character to history, and build suspense into feats of engineering. In memoirs, biographies, and investigations, nonfiction writers challenge readers to understand others, to engage with new and stimulating ideas, and to broaden their views of the world. This writing workshop will develop your understanding of nonfiction writing strategies and help you blend facts with figurative language to create vibrant, memorable nonfiction. In daily exercises, and your classmates will generate ideas and record observations, experiment with literary devices, acquire techniques for organizing ideas, create meaningful transitions, and learn how to begin and end your works effectively. Along the way, you will develop the close-reading, critical-thinking, writing, and revision skills that are important for success in high school and college-level coursework across the disciplines.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Read and engage with authors and texts that define the genre of creative nonfiction through memoirs, biographies, and other forms of personal writing
- Cultivate and strengthen your creative writing skills as you draft, edit, and revise your nonfiction essays
- Understand the essential role of figurative language and literary devices in the structure of creative writing, and use them while employing rhetorical strategies to write vivid and engaging nonfiction
- Collaborate with peers in a writing workshop founded on the principles of mutual respect, collegiality, the pursuit of excellence in the craft of writing, and constructive critique
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||Not required||Advanced CTY-Level|
Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.Sign up for Testing Learn More
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, Lee Gutkind
- To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction, Phillip Lopate
Students must bring a tablet with a keyboard, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
About Language Arts at CTY
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Find your voice
Take your writing to the next level! In Writing and Imagination, you can build your vocabulary and gain the tools to write your own creative fiction. You’ll learn to craft compelling narratives about your own experiences at the college level in Crafting the Essay, and have fun learning new literary devices and figurative language in Writing Your World.