July Weeklong Workshops
The July weeklong workshops help teachers deepen their understanding of writing-based teaching, its theory and practices, and its application in the classroom. Each workshop focuses on a particular form of writing—the essay, academic paper, creative nonfiction—or on writing-based teaching in a particular subject area, such as history, science and math, or grammar.
The workshops offer a retreat in which participants learn new writing practices, read diverse texts, and collaborate with teachers from around the world on the Bard College campus. The luxury of time helps us envision how we might make these new practices our own by adapting writing prompts, accommodating collaborative learning in larger classes, and incorporating new readings. We also explore how different forms, such as poetry, might inspire students from diverse backgrounds.
During the week, teachers live in private dorm rooms on the Bard campus, eat meals together, and enjoy the beautiful setting and lively atmosphere of Annandale-on-Hudson in the summer. Workshop groups meet for 14 sessions, beginning Sunday evening. Subsequently, groups meet three times a day between 9 am and 4 pm, except Wednesday and Friday, the final day, when workshops conclude at 1 pm. Workshops are capped at 15 participants.
The schedule gives participants time to explore the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley and take advantage of lovely walking paths and Bard’s recreational facilities, including the Stevenson Athletic Center swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and fitness center. The Bard SummerScape festival showcases an extraordinary program of performing arts and an international roster of acclaimed artists. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape.
Workshop descriptions below. Registration will open in early 2024.