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The Smokewood Institute for Young Writers

Welcome to the Smokewood Institute for Young Writers. We provide programming for high school students, including intensive writing workshops, craft sessions, creative readings, and publication of student work. Some of these events are residential; others are in conjunction with existing events on OKCU's campus.

Our programming is provided by college professors who teach creative writing. We also coordinate with the Red Earth MFA program, the Center for Interpersonal Studies in Film and Literature, and campus or community arts events.

The next Smokewood Institute event is our Day of Writing, and will take place on June 15, 2019. The event is an all-day Saturday series of lecture, discussion, and workshop of original student work. Meals and materials are included. We welcome serious students working in any genre, of varying styles. A brief application by June 8 is required (see here for more info).

Later in the summer, on July 11, 2019, we will host our annual Smokewood Reunion. This is an event where all Smokewood alums are welcome to get together over an evening workshop, dinner and an optional reading. An RSVP by July 6 is strongly recommended.

For more info and/or to RSVP, contact Dr. Karen Schiler at


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