Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Young Writer's Workshop

Sunday, July 8

Bard College at Simon's Rock


A three-week (July 8-28) residential creative writing program open to students currently completing grades 9-11. Young Writer’s Workshop takes learning beyond the classroom and focuses on using playful and expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking. Using informal techniques of peer response, students develop more polished pieces, ranging from personal narratives to short stories, poems, brief dramatic works, and experiments in creative nonfiction.

Each week, students develop a portfolio of “works in progress” and then meet individually with their workshop leader to discuss what they have written. These meetings focus on what the writer is trying to do in their writing and how best to accomplish those goals. By becoming more conscious of their choices and strategies, students develop the intellectual autonomy expected of them as they prepare for college.

Since its inception in 1983, the workshop has evolved to be part of the National Writing and Thinking Network with an affiliated site at Lake Forest College.

84 academically motivated students are chosen to participate in Young Writer’s Workshop each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Apply now!