Information for Accepted Participants

Welcome Young Writers!

We are excited to have you join us for a Young Writers Winter Online Workshop! 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 youngwriters@kenyonreview.org or call 740-427-5391.

Enrollment and Tuition Policies

Tuition Payments

To guarantee your place in the workshop you have been assigned, please submit the enrollment form and full tuition payment by Wednesday, January 10. We prefer credit card payment via our secure online store. To pay online, please visit: https://staging4.kenyonreview.org/product/yw-winter-online-tuition/

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

Kenyon Review Young Writers Online

Finn House

102 W. Wiggin St.

Gambier, OH 43022

Cancellation Policy

If you can no longer attend, please let us know as soon as possible. If you do not submit your tuition and enrollment form by January 10, you will forfeit your admission and we will offer your spot to a student on the waitlist. If you submit tuition but cancel on or before January 12, the Kenyon Review will keep a $250 cancellation fee*. There will be no refunds for participants who submit tuition but cancel after January 12. There will be no tuition refunds after the workshop begins.

*If you have received financial aid and need to cancel your enrollment, please contact Tory Weber (webert@kenyon.edu) for more information about the cancellation fee policy.

Enrollment Form

Check your emails for a message from Submittable with the subject line “Kenyon Review Young Writers Winter Online Enrollment Form.” You may access the enrollment form by clicking the “View Form” button in that message. You may also access the enrollment form directly from your Submittable account:

  • Log onto the Submittable account you used to submit your application
  • Select your Young Writers Winter Online application in the submissions list
  • Select the “Forms” tab near the top of the page

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Workshop Overview

Workshops

Workshops meet on Zoom every Saturday from January 20-February 24. Workshops meet from 1:00-3:30 p.m. EST OR 7:00-9:30 p.m. EST. Please see your acceptance email for your workshop’s scheduled meeting time and be sure to check your time zone to log into class on time. Workshops are live and not recorded for asynchronous viewing. We expect students to attend all workshops synchronously for the duration of the program.

Workshop time will be spent reading and discussing modern and contemporary literature, writing in response to prompts, sharing your work, and offering feedback on the work of your peers. Your instructor may assign some reading and writing assignments as homework, but the majority of your work will take place during the workshop. The workshop is ungraded and student work is not evaluated in any formal sense. Instead, instructors emphasize techniques for responding to work in ways that will help the writers recognize their strengths, potential, and avenues for productive revision.

One-on-one Instructor Conferences

On the fifth Saturday of the program (February 17) instructors will meet individually with participants for one-on-one conferences. These conferences are an opportunity for instructors to give participants feedback on specific writing assignments along with guidance and advice about writing and literary interests in general. Your instructor will provide more information about the structure and schedule for conferences after the program begins.

Participant Reading

Near the end of the program, we will schedule a program-wide Participant Reading for all Young Writers Winter Online Workshop participants. This event is an opportunity to share a piece of writing you have produced in workshop that you are particularly proud of, and to hear the work of your equally talented peers. Attendance at this reading is optional, but strongly encouraged. We will send more details about this reading after the program begins.

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Technology Requirements

Workshop zoom links will be sent to all participants shortly before the program begins. Here is the basic technology you will need to participate in your online workshop:

  • 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. Although workshops are online, we still use pen and paper to write to many of our prompts!

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Community Guidelines

Our online workshops bring 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, the 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 daily 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
  • Recognized 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 online writing experience with you! If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on this page, please email us at youngwriters@kenyonreview.org or call 740-427-5391.