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Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop


Writing Workshop (On-Site)

June 25 - July 6, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm (Monday-Friday)
Open to students entering grades 6-9
Course Credit:  Not offered for credit

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 imaginative 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 which provides time to write, to discuss, to receive feedback, and to learn techniques specific to each individual writer.


Ari Kaplan, co-instructor

Ari Kaplan has taught sixth grade humanities at Rivers since 2013. In addition to being an advisor in the Middle School, she also directs the peer tutoring program, co-coordinates the robotics team, and serves on the leadership team. She co-taught a summer academic program, “Robot Mysteries: Problem Solving for the 21st Century,” in June 2015. Her interests include interdisciplinary education, the history of the whaling industry in New England, and poetry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing concentration from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in education with a focus on English from Tufts University.

Julian Willard, co-instructor

As English teacher and Interdisciplinary Studies Department Chair, Julian Willard teaches 11th and 12th grade English, AP English literature, and interdisciplinary courses on the Enlightenment and on ethics. He also teaches stage combat in the Middle School performing arts program and is a student advisor. Outside Rivers Julian is a Yale-Hastings Scholar in Bioethics and a Future of Learning Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He has held teaching positions at St. George’s School, James Allen’s Girls’ School, King’s College London, Birkbeck College London and The Roehampton Institute. He earned his B.A. from Oxford University and both his M.Th. and his Ph.D. from King’s College London.

Juliet Bailey, co-instructor

An English and drama teacher, Juliet Bailey teaches 9th grade English and Honors Seminar, 12th grade electives in Shakespeare and playwriting, Drama I Drama II, and Play Production. Outside the classroom, she mentors new teachers, directs drama productions, runs the National Shakespeare Competition, and advises 11th and 12th graders. She’s spent past summers teaching Middle School writing workshops at Rivers and Belmont Hill. Juliet joined the faculty in 1997 and received the Mida van Zuylen Dunn award for teaching excellence in 2005. Additionally, she was awarded an NEH grant to study Virginia Woolf’s novels in London. Prior to 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 in English from Middlebury College.

Enrollment Closed

Details & Eligibility

▸ On-Site Course
▸ June 25 - July 6, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm
▸ Students entering grades 6-9
▸ Credit: Not offered for credit

2018 Tuition: $1,200 (includes lunch)
Financial aid is available (June 1 deadline)

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