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Writing & Thinking Workshop

Participants share their writing at a Sunday morning workshop on the Lake Michigan shore. Participants share their writing at a Sunday morning workshop on the Lake Michigan shore.

Join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer workshop for high school students. Our program is part of a long-standing national program established by the National Writing and Thinking Network at Bard College.

Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students. Trips to Chicago’s museums and cultural events offer additional inspiration. You’ll grow in ways that you can now only imagine.

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Our Program

You will live on the Lake Forest College campus and spend much of your time with a small group of students in informal workshops mentored by an experienced writer/teacher who will model strategies for exploring your own ideas. Living in the residence hall with roommates, eating in the cafeteria, and working with successful college students on your writing in the evening will give you a taste of college life.

Our Campus

With its 100 acres of wooded areas and walking paths, the Lake Forest College campus offers an ideal setting for a summer writers’ colony. On campus, you will have access to the College’s computer center and library, as well as wood-paneled lounges where writers will gather and read their work.

Chicago Experience

You will be a short train ride from Chicago where you will explore and write at such places as the Art Institute of ChicagoMillennium Park, and Neo Futurists- all with new friends who share your interests.

Writing and Thinking Network

The Lake Forest College Writing and Thinking Workshop is a member of the National Writing and Thinking Network established by the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Click here to view a map of where our Writing and Thinking Workshop Scholars come from.