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Ambitious Young Writers Benefit From Rhodes’ 35th Annual Writing Institute

Publication Date: 6/25/2013

Young writers from around the country have been participating in Rhodes’ 35th annual Summer Writing Institute that began last week. June 28 is the last day of the intensive, residential program committed to developing critical thinking and writing skills.

Sponsored by Rhodes’ Department of English, the Writing Institute also engages faculty from other college disciplines to introduce students to a variety of subjects. Through class discussions and peer workshops, each professor guides students in creating their own writing, expressing ideas, finding a voice, discovering a style, building a structure, and developing a theme or position.

“I credit Professor Warren with helping me appreciate a wider variety of poetry and bringing out more creativity than I would have thought possible in such a short amount of time,” says Charlotte Johnston of The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo. “The Writing Institute has made me feel much more prepared for college life in every aspect because I have now proven to myself that I can handle this experience.”

The Writing Institute is open to ambitious high school juniors and seniors, and upon successful completion, participants have a portfolio of college-level writing and earn two transferable college credits.

Miranda Shelton of CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts–Multimedia and Performing in Van Nuys, Calif., says “Rhodes is my top school because the classes are so fascinating, and the teachers really know what they’re talking about. The Writing Institute definitely helped me figure that out . . . I feel like I know how to write an essay now, and I’ve learned how to find discipline in my creative work.”

(information compiled by Lauren Albright ′16)

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