Summer Writing Institute 2021 ONLINE

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June 13 - June 25, 2021

TUITION                    $1500

ELIGIBILITY              Rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors

Students can apply online through our regular application portal. The application deadline is June 1. Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents as DOC, PDF, or JPEG:

  • Most recent transcript (copy is acceptable)
  • A 3-5 page writing sample .

The application will ask you to rank your course preferences. These 2-credit introductory college level courses will follow the same seminar and discussion model as our Summer Writing Institute (SWI) on-campus courses, which you can read about on our permanent SWI webpage.

CONTACT INFORMATION:     901-843-3794       
                                                        Professor Rebecca Finlayson, Director
                                                        Lorie Yearwood, Departmental Assistant

Course offerings this summer include the following:

Creative Writing Workshops

  • Fiction
  • Poetry

College Writing Seminar

  • Debunking Psychological Myths

College Application Essay Workshop
This course is available as an add-on for juniors and seniors who enroll in one of the courses above.

See Full Course Descriptions Here

Applicants can expect notification of admission decision within approximately one week.

SCHEDULE (in Central Standard Time)

6/13     Afternoon Orientation with the director

6/14-6/18 and 6/21-25

  • 10 AM-12 PM: Seminar or Workshop with professor (2 hours of synchronous online class with break)
  • 1-4 PM: Writing Center (30-minute one-on-one and/or group synchronous online session with writing fellow)
  • 4-5 PM: College Prep Series (optional interactive sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays; individual online Admissions interviews will also be available by request)
  • 7-8 PM: Evening Lecture and Workshop Series (optional lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays)

6/25     Class with professor and program-wide meeting with the director

7/15     Evaluations and grades posted

Fall 2021        

SWI Reunion Weekend at Rhodes (Students only). This overnight on-campus weekend program is limited to students who are high school juniors and seniors from SWI 2021; it will be sponsored by our Admissions Office at no cost to you other than your transportation to campus. The weekend will include overnight accommodation in a dormitory with a current Rhodes undergraduate Admissions representative, meals at our campus cafeteria, and a reception with your SWI faculty and staff. The date will be announced once Rhodes College is back in session this fall. 



Courses: Courses and their accompanying work will use Rhodes’ web platforms (i.e. Zoom and Canvas). Students will need a computer with internet access and a telephone. Students will be expected to attend all class sessions and complete all reading and writing assignments. Specific work expectations and policies regarding attendance will be provided by each individual faculty member on their syllabus, which you will receive the day before classes start. A typical course requires 2-3 hours of reading and writing homework per day. If your class text cannot be delivered by Rhodes in an online format, we will provide information about where to acquire your own online copy. All written work will be submitted and graded online. You will receive a letter of evaluation and final grade for the course. This grade will be submitted to the college Registrar and recorded on a Rhodes transcript. Successful completion of the course requires a grade of D or higher. Students are expected to uphold the Rhodes College Honor Code. Details will be included in each professor’s syllabus.

Writing Center: The Rhodes College Writing Center will operate remotely and will provide online one-on-one and/or group writing sessions daily M-F. Writing Fellows who work in the Center are Rhodes undergraduates formally trained in collaborative learning and writing pedagogy. Students will be paired with an individual writing fellow to work with throughout the program.

Payments and refunds: Applications completed and submitted by April 15: A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due 7 calendar days after notification that you’ve been admitted. Applications completed and submitted after May 15: Your payment in full is due 2 calendar days after notification that you’ve been admitted. Applications completed and submitted after April 15: Your payment in full is due 7 calendar days after notification that you’ve been admitted. We anticipate being able to honor one of the three courses that you request in your application, but we cannot guarantee a specific course placement. Payments are only refundable in the event that we must cancel all of your class preferences. Once the program begins, we cannot offer any refunds.

Website: The information provided on this webpage refers only to the 2021 session of the Rhodes College Summer Writing Institute. If you would like more general information about our residential program that has been offered in prior years, please visit our permanent Summer Writing Institute webpage.