Writer's Lab: July 12—July 24, 2020

Good writing skills are essential for college and any professional career. The two-week residential Writer’s Lab provides an immersive experience for high school students seeking to write more clearly and effectively.

The Program

This two-week workshop affords intensive writing opportunities for high school students, who are interested in rich and engaging experiences. The primary goal of this course provides students a chance to explore different modes of writing such as analytical, narrative, and creative. Through self-exploration and examinations of texts, students dive into the writing process and utilize discussion and reflection to shape their writing. Our faculty will work closely with students and provide hands-on instruction. Students will confer with peers and teachers as a means to polish their portfolios.

Formal and informal discussions are a staple of the course; students are charged with critically analyzing the text and incorporating newfound understandings into their own writing. Students will practice making arguments and supporting their ideas with textual evidence while they also review and practice various grammar rules including composing clear complete sentences, using appropriate punctuation, and coordinating subject, antecedent, and verb agreement.

Students leave this course with a more nuanced understanding of both analytical and creative writing techniques, rhetorical devices, and correct grammar as well as greater confidence in reading, thinking, and speaking critically about literature.

At the conclusion of the session, parents will receive a summary of the program, a report on the student’s progress, and samples of the student’s work.

Daily Schedule

Participants engage in five hours of classroom activities each day (the class size is limited to 12 students per section). In addition, they take part in a daily athletic program, as well as a variety of cultural, recreational, and extra-curricular offerings, both on and off campus. Meals and housing are provided on campus. Each student is typically assigned one roommate of the same age and gender.

7:00—7:45 Breakfast
8:00—9:30 Morning Class
9:30—10:00 Assembly or Break
10:00—11:30 Morning Class continued
11:30—12:15 Lunch
12:30—2:30 Afternoon Writing Studio
1:15—1:55 Fourth Period
2:00—3:15 Free Time
3:15—4:30 Sports or Field Trips
5:00—6:00 Dinner
6:00—8:00 Free Time
7:30—9:30 Evening Activities or Homework
10:15 Dorm Check-in
11:00 Lights


Students remain on campus during the weekend to participate in special activities. On Saturday, the students will travel to Boston for a day of sightseeing, shopping, and cultural enrichment. Sunday is reserved for relaxing with friends on campus, at the athletic center, or visiting local stores and restaurants or a nearby mall.

Arrival and Departure

Registration and move-in takes place on Sunday, July 12, between 12PM and 1PM. Departure for all students enrolled in this program is Friday, July 24 by 12PM. A suggested packing list and additional details will be supplied in late spring via email.

Note: School-provided airport transfers are not available with this program. Private transportation to and from school is required for move-in and departure.

Boarding Tuition and Fees

Total Tuition & Fees: $3,700

This amount is all-inclusive and covers tuition, books, room and board, and school-wide trips and activities.

Note: Financial aid is not available with this program.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is due with each application.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission.

Tuition Due Date

Within two weeks of official notification of acceptance to the program, a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to hold the applicant’s space. The remainder of the tuition is due by June 1.

As the school must honor financial commitments that are made based on expected enrollment, the tuition of any student who voluntarily withdraws or is dismissed from the program after July 12th will not be refunded.

Payment Methods

The Taft Summer School accepts checks, credit cards, and wire transfers.