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Writing Summer Institute – Introduction to College Writing

Strengthen your writing and discussion skills in preparation for university

Three rows of students take notes and listen to an instructor standing in front of them with his back to the camera in a dark performance studio.

Demystify the differences between college and high school writing.

The Writing Summer Institute is designed for ambitious high school students who seek to strengthen their writing and discussion skills to get a step ahead in preparing for university. For over twenty years, UCLA Writing Programs has helped undergraduates successfully meet the challenges of a university education. Through this three-week program, UCLA’s highly regarded writing specialists will help college-bound students prepare for academic challenges at the college level. All activities will demystify the unstated differences between college and high school writing. Students will learn how to successfully approach the college application process, including the application essay.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


Program Fee $795
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Andrew Martinez


Andrew Martinez, a scholar and artist, received his PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA and his BS in journalism from San José State University. He teaches humanities-based writing courses in both the Writing Programs department and the Academic Advancement Program at UCLA. This is his second year teaching the Writing Summer Institute.

Darien Battle Johnson


Darien Battle Johnson received his MFA from Brown University and joined UCLA Writing Programs in 2018. He has worked over the years as a professional journalist, actor, sales manager, small-business owner, Government account coordinator, bartender, and a master soft-serve ice cream cone maker. His teaching work focuses on media, performance, politics, public policy, world affairs, popular culture, as well as business and entrepreneurship. His main goal for student learning is to help empower them to find their own agency and develop a powerful, authentic voice through writing.