Summer Writing Program: On Campus

Summer Writing Program class

Imagine a class where an enthusiastic and experienced teacher makes writing interesting. Where the expectations of college-level writing are presented clearly and concretely and you learn the techniques and approaches you need to write analytically. Where there’s plenty of time to practice new skills and see how they connect to strengths you already have. That’s what you’ll find at the Cooper Union Summer Writing Program.  


Hands-on Learning and Practice

The best way to learn to write better is to learn new approaches, practice them, and get feedback. That’s why SWP classes are a mix of discussion and hands-on writing. Our classes never have more than ten students, so you’ll get ongoing individualized attention that will help you continuously improve and refine your work. Our instructors not only teach college-level writing, they have years of experience working one-on-one with students, and they love teaching. 

In a typical class you’ll:  

  • Discuss the day’s reading
  • Use writing to generate ideas and ask questions about what you’ve read
  • Practice the skills you need to develop an argument
  • Learn how to build an analytical essay

How much can you learn in three weeks? You’ll be amazed. Register here.

The Facts

Start / End Dates July 8 - July 26, 2024
Weekly Mondays to Thursdays with optional Friday workshops
Daily Schedule Two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon with a one hour break*
Location 41 Cooper Square
Class Size Maximum of 10 students
Instruction Experienced college instructors
Tuition $3000
Deposit of $500 Due June 15th
Full Payment** Due June 30


There are two sections: Section A meets 10-12 & 1-3. Section B meets 11-1 & 2-4.  We will do our best to accommodate section requests.

**Pay in full by June 1st to receive a 10% tuition reduction.

Questions? See the FAQ or write to 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.