Welcome Young Writers!

We are excited to have you join us for a dynamic week of creative writing at Young Writers Online this summer! Please read on for important information about the program. We will send more information, a detailed schedule, and final reminders shortly before your workshop begins.

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 May 12. We prefer credit card payment via our secure online store. To pay online, please visit: https://staging4.kenyonreview.org/product/young-writers-summer-online-workshops-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, let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel your enrollment before June 1, The Kenyon Review will keep a $250 cancellation fee (or 25% of tuition for financial aid recipients). If you cancel your enrollment after June 1 but before June 10, The Kenyon Review will keep a $750 cancellation fee (or 75% of tuition for financial aid recipients). There will be no refund of tuition if you cancel on or after June 10. There will be no refund of tuition after the workshop begins.

Workshop Change Requests

If you are unable to attend the workshop you have been assigned and would like to be placed on the waitlist for the other workshop, please fill out the Workshop Change Request Form as soon as possible.

Because we admit a specific number of students to each workshop, we cannot guarantee a change until a spot opens up in your requested workshop. We will hold your spot in the workshop you have been assigned until a spot opens in the workshop you have requested. If/when spots open up, participants are admitted on a rolling basis. We will notify you as soon as a spot opens in the workshop you have requested to confirm that you want to switch.

Enrollment Form

Check your emails for a message from Submittable with the subject line “Kenyon Review Young Writers 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 on to the Submittable account you used to submit your application.
  • Select your Young Writers Online application in the submissions list.
  • Select the “Forms” tab near the top of the page.

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Program Overview and Schedule

On the Sunday, June 18, we’ll gather synchronously at 6:00 p.m. EDT for opening events and introductions. Synchronous workshops will be held for three and a half hours daily from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23. Be sure to check your acceptance and enrollment materials for your workshop time and double-check your time zone to make sure you aren’t late to workshop.

We expect students to attend all workshops synchronously all week. Workshops are not recorded for asynchronous viewing. Workshop time is spent freewriting, responding to writing prompts and assignments, discussing assigned readings, and sharing and discussing one another’s work. Most of the published work you read will come from Kenyon Review and we’ll share these selections online with you. While many of the reading and writing assignments will be completed during workshop hours, you should plan on spending some time each day outside of workshop hours completing assignments and revising work.

Everyone in the workshop, including instructors, writes and shares work every day. 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.

Evening events will take place most days from 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT. These events may include visiting readers, craft talks, open mics, and informal social gatherings. Attendance at most of the evening events will be optional, but strongly encouraged; evening events will not be recorded for asynchronous viewing. We will send a detailed schedule of these events shortly before the workshop begins. In addition to daily workshops and evening events, students will meet individually with their instructor for a one-on-one conference during the workshop week.

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Technology Requirements

A schedule with Zoom links will be provided shortly before the workshop begins. The basic technology you will need 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. 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 summer 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.

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