Our Workshops

Weeklong Workshops

Inquiry into Essay

July 6 – July 11, 2014

This workshop is intended for teachers who are familiar with the invention strategies introduced in “Writing and Thinking” or “Writing to Learn” (or in similar workshops elsewhere) and who want to concentrate on helping students write essays. More than other IWT workshops, “Inquiry into Essay” focuses on the analytic essay as a finished product, emphasizing ways to pull together fragments of good writing and information into a coherent whole. The workshop begins by defining the essay, considering how its definition changes according to the purpose and content of the writing assignment. Then, through their writing, participants explore the differences between the capacity for invention required for informal essays and the knowledge of conventions required for the academic essay. Working on their essays, participants observe how an inquiring habit of mind helps determine the shape of what they write.

Workshop fee: $1200.00. The fee includes tuition and a single-occupancy dorm room on the Bard College campus, meals (beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast), and materials. The commuter fee is $900.00.