It’s a bit like boot camp (without the yelling and obstacle courses) for serious writers.
June 14-21, 2014
The application site for the Writers Workshop will open in January, 2014
Intensely creative, pushing you beyond what you thought you were capable of achieving—you eat, sleep, drink, breathe writing. And all around you are your fellow writers and instructors, cheering you on, encouraging you, word by word.
Workshops are held for three hours each morning, focusing on writing exercises, reading and critiquing work, and talking about writing technique. The afternoons allow private time for reading and writing. Evenings are spent with public readings from instructors, visiting writers, and workshop participants.
Whether you’ve been writing for years, recently graduated from an MFA program, or have just now decided to take the leap out of your private notebooks and into a classroom, you’ll find a workshop here to help you accomplish your literary goals.
The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop focuses on the generation and revision of new work. Instructors employ challenging exercises and lead the groups in close readings and discussions of participants’ work. In addition, the instructors schedule personal meetings to discuss workshop assignments and other projects.
The Poetry Workshop will challenge you to write a poem a day! In class, we will explore the fine art of reading poetry as well as writing it. We will think together about poetry’s forms, shapes, and methods; and we will experiment with a wide variety of subject matter and materials.
The Literary Nonfiction Workshop will also focus on the generation and revision of new work. Literary Nonfiction—whether memoir, reportage, nature or travel writing—organizes the elements of the world into coherent prose. The writer’s challenge is often finding the right form in which to tell the story.
In the Fiction Workshop you will write a piece of fiction every day, based on prompts to spark your imagination. Along the way we will be asking the question, What is a story? The week should provide us with some answers, or at least clues. The supportive and energetic atmosphere will send you home with a lot of surprising new work.
The Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop blends techniques of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts to generate creative writings through the art of the book. Using a range of exercises and materials, we will create new work through textual and visual explorations during our week together. Whether you are a writer curious to write in more genres, or an artist wishing to deepen your engagement with text, this workshop promises to open up a variety of creative practices to generate new content and form.
The Writing Online Workshop is for writers who find themselves asking—or being asked—how to make the most of the tools and technologies now available to professional writers as well as professionals who write. Because today good writing is underwritten by good choices about what to write, what to write with, where to post or publish, and why, this workshop is for everyone whose job involves written communication to spend a week writing with emergent media, including social networks, blogs and microblogs, and audio/video podcasting. In particular, we welcome writers who seek new ways to promote their work and working professionals who would like to expand their writing repertoires. No previous experience with course media is required. Participants’ most important resource will be their willingness to play with language and technology.
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A single dorm room is included in the base price of the workshop. There are also two apartment options for an additional fee: the Taft Cottages and the North Campus Apartments. All residences are air conditioned.
- The dormitory, McBride Residence Hall, offers single rooms with shared bathrooms on each hall.
- The Taft Cottages, on the south end of campus, are three stories high with each floor housing one apartment. Each apartment has three private bedrooms with locking doors, a shared bath, and shared living space with mini kitchen. (Add $150.00 to the base price of the workshop.)
- The North Campus Apartments, new townhouse apartments on the north end of campus, offer a shared common room and kitchen on the first floor and three single bedrooms with locking doors on the second and third floors. There are two shared bathrooms. (Add $300.00 to the base price of the workshop.)
If you need to be on a ground floor due to health issues, please let us know. We will make every effort to meet your needs. Several laundry facilities are available on campus.
If you prefer a hotel or bed and breakfast, please let us know. You will be responsible for booking your own housing and will receive a discount of $150 on your workshop fee. Here are some local housing options on campus:
- The Kenyon Inn,
100 W. Wiggin Street, Gambier, (740) 427-2202
- The Gambier House,
107 E. Wiggin Street, Gambier,
Mount Vernon, a ten-minute drive from campus, also has hotel and B & B options.
Since John Crowe Ransom first edited The Kenyon Review in 1939, Kenyon College has been a national center for the literary arts, attracting celebrated writers and encouraging the work of younger poets, essayists, fictions writers, and playwrights. Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, E.L. Doctorow, and William Gass, among others, all studied or taught at Kenyon.
The campus of Kenyon College, with its striking Gothic architecture, shady lawns, and gravel pathways, reflects its status as the oldest private college in Ohio. Writers Workshop participants enjoy the historic charm of the Village of Gambier while living in campus housing with ample space to work and access to the latest computer technology. Kenyon recreational facilities will also be open to participants. Within the village, you’ll find a bookstore, small grocery store, hair salon, women’s clothing retailer, post office, and several restaurants. Please note that living on the Kenyon campus entails a good deal of walking. If walking or using the stairs poses problems, please call the program office.
Kenyon College is located in Knox County, a rural county of rolling farmland, deciduous forests, and small cities in central Ohio. Some details:
Just four miles from campus, Mount Vernon offers plentiful shopping—antiques, crafts, local art, and more, a range of local attractions (including a children’s garden and historical museum), a variety of lodging and dining options, and an excellent public library.
Breakfast and dinner are provided, while lunch is on your own—offering an opportunity to continue writing discussions in small groups. There are several options for lunch in Gambier: each writer receives a gift coupon for a local eaterie which offers a selection of soups and sandwiches; Wiggin Street Coffee Shop offers soups, sandwiches, coffee, and tea; the Kenyon Inn and the Village Inn serve sit-down luncheons, while the Gambier deli and neighborhood grocery provide a wide variety of choices. Mount Vernon and the surrounding area offer more options.
Kenyon is nestled in the rolling hills of the Kokosing River Valley, which offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and exploring nature. The College supports the Brown Family Environmental Center, and students frequent the Kokosing Gap Trail, a beautiful, paved 14-mile trail built on a former Pennsylvania Railroad bed, which is considered one of the largest volunteer-maintained bicycling trails in the nation.
Tuition & Cancellation
The cost of The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop is $1,995, which includes tuition, a dorm room, and breakfast and dinner. There will be a $200 discount for returning participants. If you are accepted you will be asked to complete an enrollment form and return it within two weeks of your acceptance with a nonrefundable deposit of $500. The balance of your tuition is due on May 15, 2014.
If you cancel your enrollment before May 15, you will forfeit your $500 deposit. If you cancel after May 15, we keep the $500 deposit and a $500 cancellation fee, but return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refund of tuition after arrival date, June 14, and no refund in the event of early departure.