Creative Writing


Sessions will run daily from 9 am - 12 pm.  Enrolled students are expected to spend between two to three hours daily working on their projects independently.  

This student-centered creative writing workshop will walk you through the process of writing a short story and will culminate in writing your own stories. Through discussions and activities, the workshop will introduce you to the elements of a story and the rhetorical features of creative writing, including purpose, audience, and author’s position. You will learn to perform an analysis to inform what you present in your stories and learn how to present it. The course will attempt to engage the larger question of what makes some stories more memorable than others. Working individually and collaboratively with your classmates, you will learn how to evaluate stories, provide feedback, and use the feedback you receive to redraft your own stories. Unleash your creativity this summer, and get ahead with your writing.

Students age 14+ with an interest in writing

Fluency in English

  • Oral and written communication: Express your ideas orally and in writing
  • Critical thinking and reading: Analyze the literary needs and interests of your target audience and evaluate stories
  • Teamwork: Provide constructive feedback to, collaborate with, and support other participants in the sessions
  • Knowledge outcomes: Learn the basic elements of a story and rhetorical analysis

AUC bus service is available for extra fees. Details on the schedule will be shared before the program start date

Accommodation is offered at AUC Residences in case needed

Aliaa Hamad

A full-time faculty, theme leader, and writing minor advisor at AUC’s Department of Rhetoric and Composition where she has taught various writing courses. Hamad holds a BA in English literature, an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from AUC, and a PhD in linguistics. She was awarded the Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching by AUC’s School of Continuing Education in 2014. Her first book Be Careful What You Wish For, a collection of short stories and vignettes, was published in 2017.




Course cancellation due to low enrollment  Three weeks prior to the program start date 100% refund of program fees

Medical withdrawal

Prior to the program start date

100% refund of program fees