Online this Summer:
The IWT Off-Road Writing Workshop

Online this Summer:The IWT Off-Road Writing Workshop
HOSTED BY: New Roads High School, Santa Monica, CA

WHO CAN APPLY: High school students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grades. Open to students nationwide and around the globe!

DEADLINE: July 23, 2021

August 2–6, 2021

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Online This Summer: The IWT Off-Road Writing Workshop

New Roads High School, Santa Monica, California

New 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.
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. 

Students Speak

“I feel like I gained so much experience as a reader, writer and thinker.  Reading Kafka was pretty hard for me but now I feel ready to read and discuss new texts.”

“I feel the same way an old hinge feels after being oiled.”  

“Being asked to write about myself, my opinions and my perception of things made me discover many things about myself and even surprised me.  Sometimes I would get new ideas and inspiration just through the process of writing – I eliminated the distance between my thoughts and a piece of paper.  For me, the most important part was to read texts of great writers and to analyze them with only myself and no judgment of others on my views and interpretations.”  

“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.”