• <a href="/live/image/gid/313/width/650/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image80163"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/313/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.rev.1568237592.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/313/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.rev.1568237592.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/313/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.rev.1568237592.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/313/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.rev.1568237592.jpg" alt="Fir Acres students reading by the Reflecting Pool." width="1440" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/313/width/1440/height/690/crop/1/80163_2019-fir_acres-3894.rev.1568237592.jpg 2x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-full_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Fir Acres students reading by the Reflecting Pool.</div>

Fir Acres Writing Workshop

A Summer Creative Writing Program

For Talented High School Students

June 20-July 3, 2021

Fir Acres Writing Workshop is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.

The General Application Deadline is March 8, 2021.


Important Note for summer 2021:

We are planning a special virtual (online) Workshop this summer. Tuition for the two weeks is $1,750 (usually $3,250). The deposit is $500. Given current vaccination timetables and Oregon state guidelines for overnight youth programs, we must assume not everyone will be vaccinated by June or July, 2021, and therefore an overnight program will not be possible. In order to follow state mandated guidance, we’ve made the decision to host a remote-only Workshop, which will keep students, faculty, and student families healthy and safe.

During the two-week summer program, students will participate in writing Workshops guided by published faculty members teaching at the college level and, for the first time at Fir Acres, receive one week of individual one-on-one creative writing mentoring from a faculty member.

To better build our community, there will also be intimate conversations with distinguished visiting writers such as National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist as well as Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of the novel The Descendants. As usual, there will be a faculty reading, community readings, and planned events outside class times, like an open-mic and other Resident Advisor-led social gatherings.

Read more about the college’s approach and on-going COVID-19 response.

At Fir Acres Writing Workshop, up to sixty high school students from across the country come together for two weeks to write and join a community of writers on the beautiful, wooded campus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

In daily Workshops, participants study great writing and produce their own under the guidance of dynamic, thoughtful, published faculty. At night, participants gather to socialize, meet and hear from distinguished visiting writers, and work on their own poetry, fiction, and creative prose.

Our mission is to provide a high-caliber, pre-collegiate, creative educational experience to bright, inventive, and passionate high school students. Our program appeals to young writers and artistic students who are drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the fun, hip mystique of Portland.