Writing & Thinking Workshop
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.
During this summer’s Writing and Thinking Workshop, Lake Forest College hosted 36 students from 14 states and Toronto, Canada. In addition to a variety of on-campus activities, numerous outings in and around Chicago served as further inspiration for their writing. View the photo gallery.
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.
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.
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 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.