Pre-College 1-Week Residential Workshop

Residential Workshops for Young Women in High School

One-week programs run July 29 - August 5, 2018

Two-week programs run July 29 - August 10, 2018

Designed for rising sophomore, junior and senior female high school students, these one-week residential programs offer a taste of college life. Students can study writing or math/data while experiencing a college campus, making new friends and participating in fun group activities.  To learn more about these programs and for registration details contact / 781-283-2200.

There are three workshops to choose from (please note these are Summer 2017 workshops; Summer 2018 workshops will be posted as soon as they are announced)

Writing Flash Fiction

This workshop offers an intensive opportunity to work as real writers work: real writers write, show their work to friendly readers, and revise. This course is for young women who already write fiction and for those who have never written a story, but are ready to take a chance.

The class takes as its focus the genre of flash fiction, a very popular contemporary form of the short story. A flash fiction can be only one paragraph or several pages long. Our work together will move back and forth between reading brilliant examples of flash fiction from around the world and writing our very own flash fictions.

Reading in a writerly fashion means reading for craft: How does an author shape a very short piece? What can you do and not do with a first-person narrator, a third-person narrator? How does “world building” work in realistic, magical realism, and fantasy flash fiction? How to shape dialogue?
Good writing means working in drafts: from very rough, to revised, to finished. Each day, after a quick but thorough discussion of two published flash fictions, you will write, in class, two or three flash fiction rough drafts, break into small groups of three to get feedback, then each student will have a chance to have the entire group read one of her drafts, after which the story is revised. In the small groups and larger workshop discussions the emphasis is on learning how to make useful and encouraging suggestions to an author. By the end of the course, each writer will have a solid portfolio of her best work, edited and polished.
As we write, we will be exploring the rich online publishing world of flash fiction and how a writer submits a story.

Writing Poetry

Poetry is an elemental force of language.  Taking Rita Dove’s idea that, “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful,” we will explore all forms of poetry, both formal and informal.  This workshop is both for young women who have already written poetry, as well as those who never have and would like to try.

By reading the work of established, canonical, and experimental poets, we will look at what makes a poem work.  We will examine Emily Dickinson’s famous dictum about poetry, “Tell the truth, but tell it slant.”  Every day in class students will write their own poems, and then share them in draft form with one or two others.  Students will have the opportunity to make suggestions onone another’s works.  After these conversations, we will then revise our work, following Seamus Heaney’s famous phrase, “revision is sweet.”

Through writing a range of forms, as well as some free verse, students will get the opportunity to select their preferred forms.  Each student will put together a small collection of poems, which represent her best work.  Finally, we will investigate some publication options, both online and in print. 

At the end of the workshop, every student will have had a chance to create new works, to revise them, and to learn more about the work of other students.  Ideally, each student will have begun to find and to hone her own voice.  The collection she completes will be an expression and representation of that voice. 


The Mathematics of Metabolism, Diet, and Health

How many calories should we eat each day? Is eating fat bad for you? Are there easy ways to eat healthy without resorting to complicated rules for choosing foods? These common questions turn out to be mathematical in nature. In this mini-course we will use precalculus-level math to answer them, and design a healthy diet that promotes weight loss (specifically, fat loss), extends life span, and lowers risk for developing disease; We will follow the research-based approach taken in the first two chapters of the forthcoming book The Calculus of Happiness: How a Mathematical Approach to Life Adds Up to Health, Wealth, and Love (by Oscar E. Fernandez, to be published April 2017 by Princeton University Press). A select number of course participants will win copies of the book. 


For more information, contact / 781-283-2200