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Writing & Thinking Workshop

Students in the Writing and Thinking Workshop visit the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago.

High school students can join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer workshop. More than a camp, our workshop 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!

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 teacher who will model strategies for exploring your own ideas. Living in the residence hall with roommates, eating in the dining hall, 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, a mile from the Lake Michigan shore, the Lake Forest College campus offers an ideal setting for a summer writers’ colony. 

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 Chicago, Millennium Park, and the Neo-Futurist Theatre — 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.

Our WTW scholars come from all over the country! Click here to view a map.