Summer 2017

Information on 2017 Writing and Thinking Workshops Coming Soon

Early-bird fee: $1,350
The early-bird deadline is June 1, 2016

Regular fee (after June 1): $1,500

Early-bird Commuter fee*: $1,050
Regular Commuter fee* (after June 1): $1,200

Fees include tuition, materials, a single-occupancy room on the Bard campus, and meals beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast.

*Commuter fee includes tuition, materials, and week-day lunches only.

Cancellation Policy: For cancellations up to a week before the workshop, IWT will refund the full workshop fee, minus the $60 non-refundable deposit required at registration.

No refunds can be given for cancellations made later than a week before the event.

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“I’ve seen 12 new ways to think about this text–as technology, as evolution, as modern art, etc. I’ve also seen how I can have deep conversations with the texts as a whole by looking at just one short passage.”

–from a participant in “Teaching the Academic Paper”


he July weeklong workshops offer teachers an opportunity to develop an understanding of “writing-based teaching,” its theory and practices, and its application in the classroom. Each workshop will focus on writing methods that deepen learning across all subject areas–literature, history, grammar, and STEM.

The July workshops offer a retreat in which participants learn new writing practices, read diverse texts, and talk 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–how we might tweak the writing prompts, change the readings, figure out ways to accommodate collaborative learning in larger classes, and explore how poetry, for instance, might inspire students from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

During the workshops, teachers live in single rooms on the Bard campus, eat meals together, and enjoy the beautiful setting and lively atmosphere of Annandale-on-Hudson in the summer. During the course of the week, workshop groups meet for thirteen 90-minute sessions, beginning Sunday evening, July 10, and continuing every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Wednesday, when classes end at 1:00 p.m. The week’s workshops will conclude on Friday, July 15, at 4:00 p.m.

The schedule allows participants time to explore the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley and take advantage of lovely walking paths and Bard’s recreational facilities: the Stevenson Athletic Center’s swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and fitness center. The week includes opportunites for informal socializing and a guest author reading from a recent work. Also on campus in July, Bard’s SummerScape brings together an extraordinary schedule of performing arts, featuring an international roster of acclaimed artists in a range of performances. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

Rehearsal image for Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, photo by Todd Norwood.
Rehearsal image for Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, photo by Todd Norwood. Presented by SummerScape 2016
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