Modeled on Bard College’s renowned Language and Thinking Program, this weeklong writing workshop cultivates the 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.
Who can attend?
High school students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grades.
Open to students nationwide and around the globe!
Students will work together in small groups of 12 to 15 for two-hour sessions each morning and afternoon.
Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6, 2021 (Pacific Daylight Time).
The registration form allows you to choose between payment by credit card (through Paypal checkout), or to be sent an invoice for the tuition. The invoice will share information about alternate payment options, including: cash, check, or money order.
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 creative writing 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.
What Students Say
“I tend to be shy, but during this workshop, I have learned how to slowly come out of my shell. I loved how the whole class was able to show their writing and not be afraid of being judged. I love how everyone truly listened and truly tried to understand each other's thoughts. We motivated and gave each other ideas. I loved the discussions we had. It helped me start participating more as well.”