July 10–15, 2022
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, the 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—like poetry, for instance—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 fourteen sessions, beginning Sunday evening, July 10. Subsequently, groups meet three times a day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., except Wednesday and Friday, the final day, when workshops conclude at 1 p.m. 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 on Bard College campus. The week also includes opportunities for socializing and features a guest author reading from recent work. Meanwhile, 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 offerings include:
Writing & Thinking
Writing to Learn
NEW! Reflective Writing for Agency, Equity, and Community
NEW! Writing-Based Teaching and Antiracist Pedagogies
Writing and Thinking: Restorative Words, Restorative Practices
Inquiry into Essay
Teaching the Academic Paper
Thinking Historically through Writing
Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines
Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth
Creative Nonfiction: Hybrid Narratives and the Power of Voice
Read the full workshop descriptions in the expandable list below.