The Writers Workshop for Teachers

Workshop dates

2020 programming has been cancelled

Applications Now Closed

Application consists of:

* 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


Please email or call 740-427-5196.

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.



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:



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Writers Workshop classroom
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Writers Workshop in the Gund Gallery
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Writers Workshop final dinner
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