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Remote Advanced Writing Tutorial for 2021

Bread Loaf will offer a limited number of Advanced Writing Tutorials (AWT) for returning students who will be studying with us remotely in summer 2021.

The AWT is a remote option only. It provides qualified students an opportunity to pursue a substantial critical, creative, or pedagogical project during the summer, mentored closely by a Bread Loaf faculty member. The project builds on an interest area that the student has explored in at least one Bread Loaf course. Though work on the project involves additional reading and research as preparation, the AWT itself is designed principally to help students strengthen their writing skills and strategies.

Credits

The remote AWT is worth two units of credit. The tutorial carries a “Group” designation, based on the focus of the student’s project, and may fulfill distributional requirements for the degree. Projects that cross two disciplinary areas may receive one unit of credit in two different Groups.

  • Students receive a letter grade for the AWT.
  • Tuition is the same as for a two-unit Bread Loaf course.
  • Students taking an AWT are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Schedule

Tutorials run from June 23 to August 3. Once tutorial assignments are made, tutorial students have an initial consultation with their faculty mentors to discuss the project plan. Students are expected to complete their preliminary reading and research in advance of the session so that they can concentrate on writing and revision process.

During the session, students meet remotely with their faculty mentors twice a week for a total of 3 hours and should expect to spend an additional 8-10 hours per week working independently.

Foundation and Scope

AWT projects are substantial and must be based on some area(s) studied in a Bread Loaf course in which the student has earned an A- or better.

  • Critical Projects focus on any area of literary, rhetorical, critical, or cultural analysis seeded by at least one Bread Loaf course and should approximate a published essay (roughly 6000-8000 words) in size and scope. The project may earn credit in a Group different from the one designated for that course. For example, a project on Marilyn Hacker’s sonnets (Group 4) might build on a course on British poetry (Group 2 or 3) or a course on Queer theory (Group 5); a project on rhetoric in African American women’s writing (Group 1) might build on a course on Toni Morrison (Group 4).
     
  • Creative Projects take the form of a portfolio, chapbook, or manuscript; a full-length play or solo performance; a long-form narrative; or a work of comparable scope. Students pursuing these must have taken at least one Bread Loaf course in creative writing or theater arts, preferably in the genre central to the project.
     
  • Pedagogical Projects involve essay-length (6000-8000 words) critical approaches to teaching in any areas of English study, including writing, literature, performance, film, and digital media. Examples of practice, lesson plans, or curricular units must be coupled to research-based inquiry into their effectiveness.

Projects can involve a combination of critical, creative, or pedagogical areas as long as students have adequate grounding in each area. Students working on BLTN projects can use those projects as the basis for an AWT, with an eye to publishing their work in the BLTN Journal.

Eligibility

To be eligible to take an AWT, students must have successfully completed at least one summer (two units) at BLSE, though we recommend two summers (four units).

Degree students may count only one remote AWT towards the MA or MLitt, with one exception: students who completed an AWT in 2020, when there were no other curricular options, may take a second.

While the AWT project may build on work done for a prior AWT or an IRP, that project must have its own focus and design: it cannot simply be a continuation of a project for which the student has already received Bread Loaf credit.

Please note that students enrolled in a remote AWT cannot simultaneously enroll in an IRP, which ordinarily requires an in-person component and which might compromise the student’s ability to concentrate fully on the AWT.

Application and Deadlines

To apply for an AWT, students must submit a project proposal to Karen Browne at kbrowne@middlebury.edu by February 15, 2021. Degree students who apply by November 15, 2020, will get priority in the review and enrollment process. Applicants must also submit a re-enrollment form (available starting October 5).  

The proposal (up to two pages, single-spaced) should include the following:

  • The project focus, scope, and rationale.
  • The course (professor, year, campus) which has seeded the project.
  • A provisional outline of the project.
  • A working bibliography of primary and secondary readings that will help guide the project.
  • The distributional Group or Groups (1-6) under which the project falls.
  • Optional: the name(s) of preferred mentor(s) on the Bread Loaf faculty. While we cannot guarantee placement with requested faculty members, we will accommodate preferences where possible. 

Enrollment

Enrollment decisions are based on the strength of the proposal and of the student’s full Bread Loaf record and are made by Bread Loaf’s associate director, in consultation with Bread Loaf faculty in the project’s field.

  • Though tutorial spaces are limited, we hope to enroll all qualified applicants.
  • Decisions are made in January for qualified degree students who apply by November 15.
  • Decisions are made in March for qualified applicants who apply by February 15.

Peer Mentoring

The Bread Loaf Writing Center staff provides remote peer mentoring opportunities for tutorial students seeking individual or group support.