Welcome, Summer Online Writers!

We are excited to have you join us for our Summer Online Writers Workshops! Please read on for important information about the program. We will send more information and final reminders shortly before your workshop begins. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us or call 740-427-5451.

To guarantee your place in the workshop you have been assigned, you must submit your enrollment form andnonrefundable deposit NO LATER THAN May 15th.. If you do not submit your enrollment form and deposit by May 15th, we will give your spot to the next writer on our waitlist.

We prefer credit card payment via our secure online store, but you may also pay by check or by calling 740-427-5196. 

To pay by check, please make your check payable to “Kenyon Review” and mail it to:

Kenyon Review Writers Workshops

Finn House

102 W. Wiggin St.

Gambier, OH 43022

General Information
Program Overview

The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop is a marvelous opportunity for serious writing and mentoring, and for developing a community with other writers. Our challenging workshops focus on new work rather than revision from work that was started before the workshop begins. Workshops are complemented by time for personal writing, reading, and reflection during the program. This is the deliberate philosophy of our program: we believe that for growth and development to occur, the opportunity must exist for extended, private writing and reading.

Intensive workshops are held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT each day Monday through Saturday. Participants exchange and critique each other’s work, engage in writing exercises, and discuss material distributed by the workshop leader. Workshops are live and not recorded for asynchronous viewing. We expect participants to attend all workshops synchronously for the duration of the program. If you have an unavoidable conflict and must miss part of a workshop, please let your instructor know right away.

Your instructors will assign some reading assignments and writing prompts as homework. You will begin receiving emails from your instructors the week before the workshops begin. In addition, each writer will meet for an individual thirty minute session with one of his or her workshop leaders during the course of the week. To get the most out of this time, please come to your session on time and prepared with specific questions for your instructor. 

Each evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT, there will be a reading that will feature instructors and participants. At this reading you may share a piece of writing you have produced during workshop and also hear the work of your talented peers. Attendance at all readings is optional, but strongly encouraged. We will send more details about these readings before the start of the program.

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Cancellation Policy

If you can no longer attend, let us know as soon as possible. The $250 deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel your enrollment on or before June 1st, you will forfeit your initial deposit. If you cancel June 2nd through June 9th, we will keep the initial deposit and an additional $250 cancellation fee, but return the remaining balance paid. There will be no refund of tuition if you cancel on or after June 10th. There will be no refund of tuition after the workshop begins. 

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Technology Requirements

A schedule with Zoom links will be provided in advance of the workshop. The basic technology you’ll need for our online workshop via Zoom is: 

  • A laptop computer, desktop computer, or tablet
  • Speakers, either built-in or external, or a headset or earbuds
  • A microphone, either built-in or external
  • A reliable internet connection (minimum 20 Mbps download speed)

Any modern laptop, all-in-one desktop computer or tablet is equipped with a good-quality speaker, microphone, and webcam that are more than adequate for attending our online classes. A stand alone desktop computer may lack one or more of these items, or may have poor quality or malfunctioning items, such as a microphone with distortion or a blurry webcam. Headphones for your computer might improve sound quality but aren’t required. We prefer that cellphones are not used for workshop connections.

Please also bring a notebook and pen to all workshops.

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Community Guidelines

Each Kenyon Review Writers Workshop brings together a diverse community of participants, instructors, and staff to share our work and grow together as writers, readers, and thinkers. We want each participant to feel safe and protected in our online community. As part of Kenyon College, we abide by a nondiscrimination policy regarding race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, and age. 

To provide accessible, inclusive spaces for each and every participant to learn, Kenyon Review asks each participant to commit to these Community Guidelines:

  • Be respectful, responsible, and fair during online workshops and extracurricular activities
  • Commit to be on time for workshops with your camera on and mic muted
  • Treat each other with dignity, respect, and fairness
  • Share, act, and communicate honestly, taking turns to offer constructive feedback to others
  • Recognize our commonalities and respect differences that make each writer unique
  • Listen to new ideas with an open mind, expect to explore and expand your assumptions
  • Take care of yourself and be supportive of other writers to take care of themselves

If at any time a participant feels uncomfortable, or experiences bullying, harassment, inappropriate language or content please contact your instructor or a Kenyon Review staff member as soon as possible.

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Questions or Concerns?

We look forward to sharing a creative and dynamic writing experience with you! If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on this page, please email us or call 740-427-5451. 

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