The BIMA writing major is an intensive workshop style course that focuses on fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and playwriting. Throughout the summer, you will develop your craft, explore your individual writing voice, and plumb the depths of your own experience to create believable, multidimensional work.
With the guidance and mentorship of professional writers, you will learn various approaches to jumpstarting your creative work, read and critique your peers' work, and discuss published stories and poems as models and inspiration. Daily sessions focus on skills such as character development, narrative structure, dialogue, rhythm, meter, and voice.
Each summer, the BIMA writers also go on a number of field trips to find inspiration and to understand the greater context for the role of the writer in society. In the past, the writers have visited the National Yiddish Book Center, the DeCordova Museum, Grub Street Writers Collaborative, and the Rose Art Museum. You will also have the opportunity to participate in master classes and attend readings by visiting writers of note.