The Young Science Writers Workshop

Session Dates:

2020 programming has been cancelled

Application Deadline:

The application deadline has now passed.

A complete application consists of:

* The online application form.
* A 300 word essay, to be uploaded with the application form.
* A high school transcript, to be uploaded with the application form (we accept both official and unofficial transcripts).
* A letter of recommendation.
* Financial aid information and any supporting financial aid documentation (optional).

Questions? Concerns?

Please feel free to contact us at 740-427-5207 or email

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the State of Ohio’s accompanying restrictions, Kenyon College has made the difficult decision to close campus through July 31st, so we must cancel Kenyon Review’s residential 2020 Writers Workshops. These are unprecedented times, and we regret we will not see you this summer. We trust you’ll understand this decision as your health and safety are of the utmost concern to us.


A Science Writing Workshop for High School Students (ages 16-18)

A unique creative opportunity for high school students who enjoy science, environmental studies, and who also love to write creatively. Participants will explore the lush fields, forests, and creeks surrounding Kenyon College with biologists, experiment in the lab, and incorporate these observations into writing that is both technically accurate, meaningful to readers, and a pleasure to read. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with both science and language, and to challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Our Approach

Science permeates our society, providing both our most astounding possibilities and some of our most monumental challenges. Yet for all its power, science is often considered a dry realm of facts and figures. The Young Science Writers Workshop focuses not just on the insights of science, but on its stories and characters, even its poetry. Reading and writing assignments will draw from a broad range of genres including research articles, journalism, essays, stories, and poetry. We will focus on key processes shared by both science and writing: observation, measurement, experiment, and analysis. Students will perform observations and experiments in Kenyon’s laboratory facilities and ecologically diverse outdoor surroundings, then incorporate these experiences into their writing.

Exercises and assignments will help students critically evaluate scientific information, explore the relationship between scientific ideas and other forms of knowledge, and write with clarity, creativity, and power whether the intended audience is scientists or general readers.

Summer in Gambier

Nestled among rolling hills in the village of Gambier, the Kenyon campus is known for its striking beauty. Its historic buildings and shaded lawns have nurtured excellent writers for generations. Students have full access to College recreational facilities, including basketball and tennis courts and a swimming pool. Weekend activities include social events and field trips.


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