Smokewood Institute  
The Smokewood Institute for Young Writers

Welcome to the Smokewood Institute for Young Writers, an intensive two week program of writing workshops, craft sessions, creative readings, and a culminating anthology of student work.

Our curriculum consists of a complete Introductory Creative Writing course. This 3-credit course* counts toward our English major here at OCU. Our course is taught by publishing college professors, with extra sessions that run in conjunction with the Red Earth MFA program. The next Smokewood Institute will run from July 12-25, 2015.

Class sessions and accommodations will be housed on OCU’s campus, in a summer camp environment. Beyond the classroom, we will spend time participating in creative outings through partner programs on campus and around town, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma History Center.

We welcome serious students working in any genre, of varying styles. To be eligible, students must have completed at least their sophomore year, and certain test scores and GPA may be required. For more information, including scholarship opportunities, contact Dr. Karen Schiler at


Important Deadline: Applicants who wish to be considered for one of several scholarships covering half tuition must apply by May 15, 2015. Please include, in your letter of interest, a statement regarding why you feel you are deserving of the scholarship. 



 * This course is likely to transfer to other colleges for credit, as well, though it may not fulfill their specific English degree requirements.