Writing and Thinking Workshops

Writing and Thinking Workshops

“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.”
         - 2016 Participant, Teaching the Academic Paper

July 5–10, 2020

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

The July Workshops

The 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. Workshops focus on a variety of methods for teaching different forms of writing—essay, academic paper, creative nonfiction, poetry—or for using writing to teach history, visual texts, or grammar.

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 weeklong workshops, teachers live in private dorm rooms on campus, eat meals together, and enjoy the beautiful setting and lively atmosphere of Annandale-on-Hudson in the summer.

Choose one workshop from the list below. Workshop groups meet for fourteen sessions in total, beginning Sunday evening, July 5, at 7:30pm. Subsequently, groups meet three times a day between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., except Wednesday and Friday, when workshops conclude at 1:00 p.m.

The workshops that will be offered in 2020 are TBA, but below are the workshops offered in July 2019.

+ Writing and Thinking

+ Writing to Learn

NEW!  Thinking Historically through Writing: Justice and the Law

NEW!  Writing-Based Teaching: Ecosystems and Climate Change

+ Inquiry into Essay

+ Writing Retreat for Teachers

+ Writing to Learn in the STEM Disciplines

+ Applying the Practices

+ Revolutionary Grammar

+ Teaching the Academic Paper

+ Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth