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Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop


Writing Workshop

June 24 - July 5, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm (Monday-Friday)
Open to students entering grades 6-9

Taught by The Rivers School’s talented English department faculty, this two-week workshop helps students sharpen skills and challenges them to explore a variety of writing styles. Students will be encouraged to compose everything from essays to poetry and can choose their area of emphasis or take advantage of both academic and creative writing.  Working in small groups and individually with teachers, students are immersed in writing techniques and exercises designed to stimulate their imaginations and strengthen their skills in an environment that provides time to write, to discuss, to receive feedback, and to learn techniques specific to each individual writer. Field trips will provide inspiration for some of the on-campus writing. At the end of the workshop, students will put together a journal with selections of their work.

Tuition:  $1200

All materials and lunch will be provided.


Juliet Bailey, co-instructor

Juliet joined the faculty in 1997 and currently teaches 9th grade English, electives in Shakespeare and playwriting, and Upper School drama classes.  Additionally, she directs Upper School plays, and advises 11th and 12th graders. She received the Mida van Zuylen Dunn award for teaching excellence in 2005. Before Rivers, Juliet taught and directed at Millbrook School and Wyoming Seminary, and earned a Fulbright Teaching Exchange Fellowship, which took her to Budapest, Hungary for a year. A graduate of Bates College, Juliet earned her MA from Middlebury College.

RICK TAYLOR, co-instructor

Rick Taylor teaches seventh-grade humanities at Rivers. In addition to being an advisor in the Middle School, he also coaches Middle School soccer and softball, co-coordinates the Middle School robotics club, and assists the Upper School senior speech program. Prior to Rivers, Rick taught at the Loomis Chaffee School and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history of art and architecture with an archaeology concentration from Harvard University and a master’s degree in classical archaeology from Oxford University.

JEFF BAKER, co-instructor

In addition to coaching and advising, Jeffrey Baker teaches 8th grade humanities, an interdisciplinary course exploring the American experience through history and literature, as well as a 9th grade writing seminar. He holds a BA in philosophy from Pitzer College and an MFA in writing from the University of California, San Diego, where he taught in the writing department. He has organized and run poetry workshops for underprivileged kids in Soweto, South Africa; Mumbai, India; Brooklyn, New York; and Los Angeles, California. His work has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, The Antioch Review, and Epiphany, among other places.

Enrollment OPEN

Details & Eligibility

▸ On-Site Course
▸ June 24 - July 5, 2019
▸ Students entering grades 6-9

2019 Tuition: $1,200 (includes lunch)
Financial aid is available (May 1 deadline)

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