Summer Academic Programs Calendar

Jul 11

Summer Writing Program

Emphasizes a writing process approach, teaching students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

As one of the 6 pre-college programs run by the Summer Academic Office, the Summer Writing Program will host high-achieving high school students on campus for three weeks to prepare them to think and write like a college student. Each day begins with a lively discussion of literature in a class led by a Carleton professor. Students will read both contemporary and traditional literature, from classic texts by writers such as Plato and Shakespeare to a variety of modern short stories, essays, and poems by authors such as August Wilson, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Adrienne Rich. This literature then becomes the focus of their papers.

In the afternoon, discussion sections led by current Carleton students offer students even more individual attention. The writing workshop (taught by Professor Deborah Appleman) meets daily to provide opportunities to focus on the writing process. Students will write every day. Although we occasionally include creative writing exercises, the focus of the workshop is on expository prose—the kind students will use in college to write academic papers.

In addition to their classroom coursework, students will be able to experience first-hand what life is like on a small, liberal arts campus -- balancing residential life activities and field trips with their coursework/research. Afternoon and evening activities include ultimate frisbee, improv comedy, friendship bracelet making, board game night, and more.

Sponsored by Summer Academic Programs. Contact: Katie Lauer, x4129