Academic Information

Each day begins with a lively discussion of literature in a class led by a Carleton professor.  Summer Writing Program participants read both contemporary and traditional literature, from 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 participants' written work.

In addition to morning classes, discussion sections led by current Carleton undergraduate students offer participants rich opportunities for individual attention.  The writing workshop, taught by Professor Deborah Appleman, meets daily to provide participants with opportunities to focus intensely on their writing process.  

Although creative writing exercises are occasionally included, the focus of the Summer Writing Program is on expository prose - the kind of writing college undergraduates use to write academic papers.



3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Check in 
Daily Schedule (Monday-Friday)

  • Core Classes:  9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Break: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Writing Workshops and Discussion Groups: 10:30 am- Noon and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Evening Discussions:  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, two evenings per week

Summer Writing Program participants are provided ample time for their
reading, writing, and revision as well as relaxation and group activities.

The Final Friday Program

10:00 am Breakfast and Graduation (families and friends welcome)

Credit Information

The Institute faculty provide a written evaluation of each student's participation soon after their completion of the Institute. Six Carleton credit hours, equivalent to approximately three semester credit hours, are awarded to participants who successfully complete the course.  While these credits do typically transfer to other colleges and universities, it is at the sole discretion of individual institutions to determine the acceptability of these credits.