Spring Street International School
Young Authors Summer Program
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA.
A Creative Writing Camp for High School Students
July 20th-August 2nd, 2020

Take your writing to the next level! Come to Friday Harbor and discover for yourself why more writers and artists live here than any other place in Washington.
At the Young Authors Program, you'll spend two weeks writing in Friday Harbor on beautiful San Juan Island. Be inspired by the program's award-winning authors, the amazing surrounding beaches, orca whales, numerous cafes, sunsets, and forest trails. Friday Harbor is a safe, quirky town where you can explore, make friends, and have fun.
In the morning, you'll dive into generating work and learning more about your craft in small workshop classes. Afternoons and evenings will provide opportunities for you to:
  • meet visiting authors for small craft workshops specific to your work;
  • work one-on-one with visiting authors, peers, and editors;
  • write with others or on your own;
  • explore the town of Friday Harbor and its surrounding beaches, art museum, local artist studios, and cafes.
Room and board includes accommodations at Spring Street International School's spacious and comfortable residential hall and locally sourced meals prepared by our residential chef.
Come discover our island for yourself - and what you have to say while you're here. Our dedicated team of writers and editors is ready to help you leverage your current passion and skills, learn new techniques, build a community of writers, and push your writing to the next level. Come write with us!
8 amBreakfast
9 am - 10:30 amWriting Class I
10:30 am - 11 amBreak
11 am - 12:30 pmWriting Class II
12:30 pmLunch
AfternoonsTime to write and explore the town and the islands
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmGuests & Panel Discussions
7 pm - 8 pmDinner
8:30 pmParticipant and Guest Readings
Regular Tuition $2,200 *
Tuition for Students from San Juan County $1,600 *
* The tuition amount includes a non-refundable $500 deposit.
Monica Drake is the award-winning author of two novels and one collection of linked stories, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and The Folly of Loving Life. Her essays and stories have appeared in the Paris Review Daily, Oregon Humanities Review, the New York Times ("Modern Love" column), and The Rumpus among other places, as well as in anthologies. She is currently a professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She was the recipient of a 2016 PNBA Award, and one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 for 2015. She teaches for Eastern Oregon University's Low-Residency MFA program, Gotham Writers Workshop, and South Puget Sound Community College.
Bella Bledsoe
Please note there is no application deadline. We will review applications until the program is full.
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As a non-profit organization, we have modest financial aid to offer. Please indicate below if you will be pursuing financial aid.

Please submit with this application two samples of your writing in PDF or Microsoft Word format
1. In 250 to 500 words, please tell us a personal story about a time or experience when words (written or spoken) had an impact on you.
2. Submit a short piece of fiction, 2-3 poems, or lyrics to a song that you have been working on in the past year.

Letter of recommendation: Please include a recommendation from a teacher or academic mentor. Please have the recommender email the recommendation directly to us at ibledsoe@springstreet.org
For the recommender: Please speak to the applicant's academic abilities and interest in writing. It would be useful to hear about the applicant's academic strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, please touch on how you think the applicant will do in a communal dorm setting for two weeks.