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The Smokewood Institute for Young Writers

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

Our curriculum draws from the instruction of our Introductory Creative Writing course here at OKCU. Our course is taught by publishing college professors, with programming that runs in conjunction with the Red Earth MFA program.

The next Smokewood Institute will take place July 13-15, 2018. Class sessions and accommodations will be housed on OKCU’s campus, in a summer camp environment. We welcome serious students working in any genre, of varying styles.

To be eligible, students must have completed at least their sophomore year of high school, and certain test scores and GPA may be required. For more info, contact Dr. Karen Schiler at


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