Online This Summer: The IWT Off-Road Writing Workshop
New Roads High School, Santa Monica, CaliforniaNew Roads High School and Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) are pleased to introduce the IWT Off-Road Writing Workshop at New Roads High School. Modeled on Bard College’s renowned Language and Thinking Program, this weeklong writing workshop cultivates fluency of expression in writing and speaking that is so necessary for success in college or university. The workshop will be held online and hosted by New Roads High School in Santa Monica, California, an institution known for its progressive and diverse curriculum. In small groups of 12 to 15, students will work together in two-hour morning and afternoon sessions, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), from Monday, August 2, to Friday, August 6, 2021.
WHY THE OFF-ROAD WRITING WORKSHOP?
In this weeklong workshop, you will explore contemporary and classic texts from literature, philosophy, the social sciences, and the visual and performing arts, and write and reflect about them in serious, speculative, and playful ways. The work you do here will help you become a more nuanced and mindful reader and an inventive, expansive writer. As you read and write alongside other curious-minded people, you will learn new methods for engaging interdisciplinary texts and innovative strategies that will stretch your intellectual and creative abilities. Most important, you will all work together to question both the texts and your own assumptions. Group projects can include short films, readings, and digital media zines. Texts will include such authors as Anna Akhmatova, James Baldwin, Anne Carson, Teju Cole, Mahmoud Darwish, Natalie Diaz, Franz Kafka, Immanuel Kant, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Primo Levi, Audre Lorde, Michel de Montaigne, Sarah Ruhl, Edward Said, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Wallace Stevens.
You will write individually and in collaboration with others, and become aware of the choices you make in your own writing—from word choices in the expression of ideas to the opportunities offered by different forms. You will deepen your own learning in a community that values educational depth more than simply having the right answer. Working on a variety of projects in writing and other formats, students meet in the morning and afternoon in small classes and in one-on-one conferences with faculty.
Over the course of the week, you will build from informal, “risky” writing to more finished pieces for a portfolio of interdisciplinary—and multidisciplinary—work.