Writer as Reader: Online Workshops

Writer as Reader: Online Workshops
photo by China Jorrin
“I’m overcome with gratitude to have been able to experience the balance of generative and process writing to facilitate close reading. This felt extremely effective to me as a learner and something I hope to recreate in my classroom.”
         -11th-12th grade English teacher

November 6, 2020

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

November 6, 2020 Workshop

Click here to read the October Writer as Reader workshop descriptions.
We are excited to announce that both the October 2 and November 6 Bard College IWT Writer as Reader Workshops will be held online. Our virtual July Weeklong Workshops were a resounding success and we know these fall workshops will offer writing-rich experiences that delve deep into oft taught texts. Although we will certainly miss seeing you in person, we are excited that the online format of these workshops will enable faculty from around the world to read and write together. 

Bard College IWT’s annual Writer as Reader Workshops are planned with the texts faculty regularly teach in mind, and with the overarching goal of modeling collaborative strategies that foster student engagement (both online and in person). Each workshop focuses on a specific text (novels, poetry, nonfiction, historical documents, STEM texts, and other media), inviting participants to read closely and critically, find unexpected connections to other texts, and discover new ways to use writing in classrooms across disciplines. 

This year, IWT’s Writer as Reader workshops will be held on October 2 and November 6, 2020. 

IWT can also bring a Writer as Reader workshop to your school. If you are interested, please contact Associate Director Celia Bland (845-758-7544 |

+ Re-reading Toni Morrison: Black Feminism, Labor, and Love

+ “Ocular Proof”: Reading Othello in an Age of Mass Incarceration

+ The Place of the Writer in the “Widening Gyre”: Things Fall Apart and Unbowed: A Memoir

+ Citizens in Dark Times: Writing Politics in Persepolis and The Federalist Papers

+ Too-True Horrors: Cultural Fears in the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson

+ Retooling the Epic Hero: How Much of These Hills is Gold and The Phantom Pain

+ Poetry of the Unsayable: M. NourbeSe Philip’s “Zong!” and T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets”

+ Writing into Life: The Woman Warrior and The Poet X