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Writing & Publishing Summer Academy 2019

The Writing & Publishing Summer Academy at DePaul University provides high school students an exciting and immersive introduction to various forms of writing and publishing! Academy participants will study with two seasoned DePaul faculty writers, Francesca Royster and Chris Green, as well as visiting writers who bring expertise in journalism, freelance writing, editing, fiction and poetry, public performance, and literary podcasting.

Throughout their time at DePaul, academy members will work on a writing project with peers, engage in workshop activities, and learn about the various ways they, as writers, can engage with the world and its issues and share their work with the larger public. The week will be capped by a reading and reception, where academy members will share their work with family and friends.

Program Schedule
The Academy will be held Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019 between 9 AM and 3 PM. Each day will be divided into seminar instruction sessions, writing workshops and visiting writer colloquia, with lunch and snacks provided.

Important Dates
The application is open through April 22, 2019.
Rolling review and notification of admission will begin after January 2, 2019 and occur no later than April 26, 2019.
Payment will be due in full by April 30, 2019.

If you are a DePaul Faculty, Staff, Student or Alumni registering your child, please ensure you select that option on the registration page. That information will be verified through the University.

Meet the Program Faculty

Chris Green is Senior Professional Lecturer and Director of Writing & Publishing Internships, in the Department of English in DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He is the co-founder of Big Shoulder Books, DePaul's publishing imprint dedicating to producing and sharing, free of charge, quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. He has authored three books of poetry and edited four anthologies, including Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. His poems have appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The New York Times, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner.

Francesca Royster is Professor in the Department of English in DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon and Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Outrageous Acts in the Post-Soul Era. She has also published numerous book chapters and scholarly essays in Biography, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Studies, Text and Performance Studies, Performance Research International, and Women in Performance. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Literati, and Slag Glass City.​

Program Costs

Tuition for the Writing and Publishing Academy is $750.00. This fee includes all instruction, supplies, lunch and snacks, as well as a copy of the bound anthology of student work created by the Academy that will be mailed to each student later in the summer. Participants are responsible for the logistics and cost of their own transportation. No overnight accommodations are provided.

Upon a student's acceptance into the Academy, payment is due in full by April 30, 2019. The student may cancel by June 1st to receive a full refund. After June 1st, no refund will be provided. Further instructions on payment will be provided in the acceptance packet.​


Eligible applicants must be high school students entering their junior or senior year in the fall of 2019.​

Ready to apply? Required Application Components

A complete online application must include:

  • Letter of Interest (no more than 400 words)
  • Writing Sample (poem/story/essay that is no more than 10 pages combined)

By submitting this form, I agree that my parent(s) or guardian(s) has given consent for me to complete this online application.

If yes, and you are selected, a Parent/Guardian Consent Form will be included in Notice of Acceptance packages.





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