2020 programming has been cancelled
* The online application form.
* A writing sample (lesson plan).
* A current resume.
$1,495 (includes tuition, meals, & housing)
Scholarship Applications due by January 15, 2020
Professional development credit available
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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.
Erick Gordon is the founding director of Student Press Initiative at Teachers College, Columbia University and the former director of the New York City Writing Project. He comes from a background in small press publication that later led to classroom teaching, first in Northern California and then New York City. He was a full-time instructor in the Teaching of English Masters Program at Teachers College, where he also earned his doctorate in English Education. He has facilitated hundreds of workshops and lectures in schools across the U.S., and has published numerous articles about the teaching of writing, student publication, and genre theory in English Journal, English Education, and Teachers and Writers. He is the co-author of Becoming (Other)wise: Enhancing Critical Reading Perspectives. In his current role as Senior Fellow in Education Innovation at Teachers College, he works with a group of students and teachers to explore the potential of eBook authoring software to publish new multimedia editions of public domain texts.’
Brad Richard is chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans. He also co-directs the New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival, a festival for high school writers, and the Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana, a regional affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. His books include Habitations (Portals Press, 2000); Motion Studies, winner of the 2010 Washington Prize (The Word Works, 2011) and finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry from the Publishing Triangle; and Butcher’s Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He has also published two chapbooks, The Men in the Dark (Lowlands Press, 2004) and Curtain Optional (Press Street, 2011). His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Bayou, Crab Orchard Review, Guernica, Hunger Mountain Review, Iowa Review, Laurel Review, Literary Imagination, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.
The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers is a creative writing workshop designed for high school teachers who love to write. We combine the generative spirit of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops with a focus on classroom practices meant to encourage student creative writing. Our five-day intensive is part writers’ retreat and part professional development, inviting teachers to a range of prompts and strategies meant to inspire their own work as well as the work of their future students. Come to reconnect with your own inner writer—the one often lost beneath piles of grading!—and leave with new work and new techniques for incorporating creative writing and contemporary literature into your classroom teaching.
Throughout the week, we’ll take advantage of the history and resources of the Kenyon Review by engaging with recent work published in the magazine and discussing ways to incorporate contemporary literature into our own classrooms. Participants will approach creative writing as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to create and interpret complex texts. Together, we’ll discuss strategies for inspiring, coaching, and evaluating all phases of the writing process, from initial inspiration to the sharing of student work. Topics covered include poetry and prose, creative nonfiction, and process writing, as well as interactive models for student collaboration, peer editing, and revision. Along the way, there will be many opportunities to exchange best practices for teaching creative writing and to discuss adaptations for specific student populations.
Kenyon College will provide all participating educators with .25 credit, transcripts, and course descriptions to be used in meeting any continuing professional development requirements, although individual school and state requirements vary.
Each class is limited to 14 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a lesson plan. The lesson plan should be a brief (300 words or less) description of a favorite creative writing lesson plan (real or imagined) for high school students. Based on your application, you will be assigned one of the following instructors: Erick Gordon or Brad Richard.
Listen to Erick Gordon and Brad Richard discuss their indelible workshop moments and the way creative writing brings wonder to language and excitement to communication:
“This workshop was transformative for me: it allowed me to think as a writer again and to remember why I teach in the first place: love of poetry, love of language.”
“Anyone who has participated in this workshop will say it is the best Professional Development that they have ever experienced, but it goes beyond that. I changed on a fundamental level as an educator, and that dying spark left of the writer inside me has become an inferno.”
“The KR Writers Workshop for Teachers was incredibly invigorating and far beyond what I could have hoped for in terms of creating space for my own writing and filling me up with new ideas to share with my students. I’m now ready and thrilled to be heading back to the classroom and share the wealth with my students.”
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How is the workshop structured?
Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Workshops will involve discussion of assigned reading, sharing individual writing, workshopping each other’s writing, and writing in response to prompts.
How many people are in each workshop?
Each class is limited to 14 participants.
Will I have a chance to write much while I am there?
Yes. You will write a lot, and you will write daily. The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers is unique in that it is generative in nature. Other than the writing sample submitted with the application, participants do not bring previous writing or current projects to workshop. This is a week to work. By the time the week is over, participants, with a number of new pieces well on their way to completion, leave the workshop with a clearer, more self-directed sense of what they need and want to continue working on in their writing.
Is course credit available for participation in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers?
Yes. Satisfactory completion of the Writers Workshop for Teachers will result in a .25 credit that can go toward one’s graduate work or professional development. At the end of the week, participants who would like to receive this credit will complete a credit form that will remain on file with the college.
What kind of writers enroll in the workshop?
Our participants are a diverse group, representing a wide range of academic and personal interests. Some are experienced writers who are hoping to expand their range and their knowledge of technique. Others relatively new to writing might be seeking an opportunity to receive feedback and instruction on craft. Overall, the participant who will benefit most from the workshop is one who likes to work with other people and who isn’t looking for a traditional approach to writing and learning. Being open to experimenting with new approaches, willing to be playful and take some risks as a learner, being interested in the process of writing more than final goals—these qualities characterize the typical participant in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers.
Who can apply for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers?
Anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to apply.
I’m not a U.S. Citizen. Can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome international applications. If you have specific questions about visa requirements for your country, please contact us.
When can I apply?
Applications open on November 4th. Kenyon Review programs are selective, and all applications are reviewed by committee. We make every attempt to let applicants know our admission decision within four weeks of completing the application. Admission is made on a rolling basis, so writers should apply early.
How do I apply?
You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to apply, which you can do on our application page. If you already have a Submittable account, please sign in using your existing account. Be sure to add submittable.com to your address book and/or check your spam folders for email confirmations and notifications that we will send via Submittable.
The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a lesson plan. The lesson plan should be a brief (300 words or less) description of a favorite creative writing lesson plan (real or imagined) for high school students.
How do I know that you received my application?
When you have submitted your application, you should receive an email notification at the address you entered when you signed up for a Submittable account. Be sure to whitelist submittable.com or check your spam folder to ensure that you receive notifications from Submittable. You can also log back in to your Submittable account to check the status of your application at any time. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 740-427-5196.
How are applicants chosen for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers?
We are looking for participants who show real talent and passion for writing and teaching as well as participants who will thrive in both the workshop and residential setting. We strive to admit a diverse group of people with a wide range of writing styles and personal interests. We are selective in our acceptance, but if you are not accepted this year, we encourage you to reapply.
If accepted, can I defer my admission to next summer?
Yes. If you are accepted and pay your $500 non-refundable deposit but find you are unable to attend, we will honor your acceptance for one year, but you will have to resubmit the application form.
If I am put on the waitlist, when will I find out whether a spot has opened up?
We seek to contact waitlisted applicants no later than April 30th. But, as our admissions are rolling, we may also contact waitlisted applicants in May if spots open up last minute.
If I am not accepted, can I apply again?
Absolutely. We encourage this.
How much does the workshop cost?
The cost of this workshop is $1,495, which covers tuition, housing in a dorm room single, and meals. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Apartment housing options are available for a supplement of $300. Participants arranging independent housing for themselves receive a $150 discount.
If you are accepted, you will be asked to complete an enrollment form and return it within two weeks of your acceptance with a nonrefundable deposit of $500. The balance of your tuition is due on May 1, 2020.
Is financial aid available?
We do have funds for limited partial scholarships for teachers who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to public school teachers in underserved areas.
To be considered for a scholarship you must submit your workshop application by January 15, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid to late February 2020.
How do I pay?
You may pay your non-refundable deposit, tuition balance, housing supplements, and shuttle fees at our online store. We prefer online payments, but you may also pay by check (payable to “Kenyon Review” and mailed to Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, 102 W. Wiggin St. Gambier, OH 43022) or by calling 740-427-5208.
Can I cancel my enrollment?
If you cancel your enrollment before May 15, you will forfeit your initial deposit. If you cancel after May 15, we will keep the initial deposit and an additional $500 cancellation fee, but return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refund of tuition after the arrival date of the workshop and no refund in the event of early departure.
What is the social and cultural life of the program like?
There is a strong social dimension to the workshop, both in and out of class. Participants regularly share their work-in-progress. The focus is on working together as a writing and learning community. This sense of community is strengthened outside of class through the recreational activities, local eating/drinking establishments, access to the Kenyon Athletic Center, and evening readings.
What is the week’s social and cultural life like outside of the workshop classroom?
Classes end at 3:30 p.m. each day, leaving time for writing, reading and communing. Later in the afternoon, participants often meet with their instructors, workout at the KAC, gather at the coffee shop, hike the nearby trails, attend a publishing or craft talk, or take a quick nap. Each evening includes a formal workshop reading in which workshop participants share a short segment of a work in progress. Often, after these readings, participants gather at the Village Inn to write or socialize.
What are the dining options
All meals are included in the cost of the workshops and are served in Kenyon’s historic Peirce Hall. Vegetarian options are always available and we make every attempt to accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions. Local Gambier eateries include the Village Inn, the Kenyon Inn, Wiggin Street Coffee, Chilitos Fresh Mex, and the full-service Village Market (a small grocery store and sandwich shop).
What are the housing options?
You’ll stay in air-conditioned furnished housing on Kenyon’s stunning campus. Housing options and prices vary (see below). Please let us know if you need ground-floor accommodation due to health issues. We make every effort to meet your needs. Several laundry facilities are available on campus.
Apartment-style housing is available for a supplemental fee: The North Campus Apartments are Kenyon’s newest housing, with each apartment configured as a three-story townhouse. Each townhouse apartment features a first-floor shared common room and full kitchen, three or four single private bedrooms on the second and third floors, plus two shared bathrooms. (Add $300.00 to the base price of the workshop.)
If you prefer a hotel room or bed-and-breakfast, please let us know. You will be responsible for booking your own housing and will receive a discount of $150 on your workshop fee. Here are some local housing options on campus:
How secure and safe is the dorm and the campus?
Officers for Kenyon College’s Campus Safety Office are on duty 24 hours a day, and regularly patrol campus day and night. The campus itself is small, well-lit, and very safe.
What is the writers workshop community contract?
As a participant of the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, you are part of a writing community where everyone–participants, instructors, college employees, and community members–is treated with common decency, tolerance, respect and consideration. Anyone whose behavior does not align with this shared value will be asked to leave the program.
How do I get to Gambier?
Gambier is located about 45 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio. The Kenyon College website has a map with driving directions to Gambier. The closest airport is John Glenn International Airport (CMH) and is about an hour’s drive from Gambier. There is no public transportation from the airport to Gambier, so we provide a shuttle service. There is a $70 round-trip ($35 one-way) shuttle fee for this service.
When should I arrive?
Please plan to arrive on campus between 12:00-2:00pm on Sunday for registration and orientation. If you are flying, keep in mind that the Columbus airport is about an hour’s drive from campus. Arrivals by plane should be scheduled no later than 2:00pm when possible.
When should I depart?
The last workshop occurs on Thursday morning. If you are departing from the Columbus airport, please schedule your flight for sometime after 12pm.
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