2020 Summer of Writing Faculty
The following current and past Bread Loaf faculty have enthusiastically signed on to teach tutorials for Bread Loaf’s 2020 Summer of Writing.
Alexa Alice Joubin
Tracy K. Smith
Bread Loaf is offering two remote learning opportunities for summer 2020, the Advanced Writing Tutorial and the First-Year Tutorial in Critical Writing.
Advanced Writing Tutorials
Advanced Writing Tutorials will provide returning students an opportunity to focus intensively on their critical or creative writing across the summer. Each tutorial will be led by one faculty member, who will supervise three students, grouped (as much as possible) according to field interests. Each student will be working independently (12+ hours per week) on a critical or creative project that is grounded either on a paper or creative piece, or an area of study, pursued in a prior Bread Loaf course or on a completed Bread Loaf Teacher Network (BLTN) exchange.
This work will be supported by individual and tutorial sessions totaling approximately 6 hours per week. Faculty will work with their groups to identify the best times and venues for “meeting.” Though students may need to do some limited research, internet access permitting, they will concentrate primarily on their writing, using that as the medium for refining and expanding ideas that they’ve already begun to explore. The target is to produce a polished piece or portfolio of 6,000 – 8,000 words.
The Advanced Writing Tutorial will count as two units of credit in the distributional group or groups in which the original course was listed or cross-listed. BLTN projects will count as Group 1 (Writing, Literacy, and Pedagogy). Students may use work done in courses in any group – including Group 6 (Theater Arts) –as the basis for the tutorial. Please contact the BLSE dean or associate director if you have questions about the group designation of your tutorial project. Tuition will be the equivalent of that for a two-unit course ($6,170).
To enroll, please fill in the Tutorial Registration Form. As applicable and possible, we will group students with the professor whose course has seeded the tutorial project. We will be making tutorial assignments on a rolling basis: students who enroll the soonest will be most likely to be grouped with faculty and peers in their field. All assignments will be made through the Bread Loaf office, starting May 1, and will be final: please do not reach out to faculty on your own.
Bread Loaf faculty, past and present, have signed on eagerly to work with you. We look forward to a summer of amazing work and collaboration.
First-Year Tutorials in Critical Writing
First-Year Tutorials in Critical Writing, designed primarily for starting students, will provide an excellent introduction to critical writing and so to graduate study generally. Each tutorial will be led by a Bread Loaf faculty member and will consist of a student group of five. The professor will set a series of weekly writing assignments that are based on short readings (to be provided digitally) as well as other kinds of prompts. These assignments, short and long, will give students practice in essential strategies for launching and sustaining a successful critical inquiry – from setting the research question and establishing the argument’s frame; to integrating close readings, contextual information, and other forms of evidence into the exposition; to building powerful sentences, paragraphs, and transitions; and other such. Students should expect to spend 5+ hours a week working independently on their writing. This work will be supported by individual and group tutorial sessions totaling approximately 3 hours per week. Faculty will work with their groups to identify the best times and venues for “meeting.”
The First-Year Tutorial in Critical Writing will count as one unit of credit in Group 1 (Writing, Literacy, Pedagogy), an elective. Though new students are therefore limited this summer to taking only half of a standard course load, students in good standing may apply to take a one-unit overload in a subsequent summer, so to complete the degree in five (or even four) summers: options include taking a third course or completing an Oxford Independent Tutorial, an Independent Reading Project, or a Summer Project in Theater Arts. Tuition for the Tutorial will be the equivalent of that for a one-unit course ($3085).
To secure a spot in a tutorial, please fill out the Tutorial Registration Form. The Bread Loaf office will make tutorial assignments on a rolling basis starting on May 1 (please do not reach out to faculty yourself). Notifications will follow shortly after.
Though first-year students will be given priority in registration, returning students may apply to take a First-Year Tutorial instead of (though not in addition to) the Advanced Writing Tutorial. Returning students will be placed on a waiting list, in order of their registration, and admitted and notified on a rolling basis, once first-year students are enrolled.
A Message to the Bread Loaf Community on April 17, 2020:
We want to follow-up on the news that Middlebury sent out today, announcing our decision not to offer face-to-face programming this summer at the Bread Loaf campuses. We, of course, will all feel the loss of community this summer—of that glorious coming together that inspires so much creativity and understanding.
But we have worked with a fabulous team of faculty and staff to invent remote learning opportunities that will allow students and faculty to work closely together nonetheless. Opportunities that are flexible in their timing, venues, and demands; that will enable students to remain on track for their degree completion; and that can foster the kind of dynamic, personalized learning that “is” Bread Loaf.
Specifically: this will be the summer of writing, running from June 29 to August 5. Instead of the courses scheduled for 2020, we are offering small group writing-centered tutorials, each led by a Bread Loaf faculty member and tailored to our students’ distinctive needs.
New students may take a one-unit First-Year Tutorial in Critical Writing, an excellent first step into graduate study: participants will have an opportunity to bolster their critical writing skills while working on a range of writing assignments. For our returning population, we’re offering a two-unit Advanced Writing Tutorial, based on students’ interests: participants will select a critical or creative project they’ve begun in a prior Bread Loaf course, or a pedagogical exchange they’ve completed for the Bread Loaf Teacher Network, and will refine and expand that work under the guidance of faculty and peer mentors. As well, students who have planned to complete an Independent Reading Project (IRP) in summer 2020 and students who want to propose an IRP for 2021 will be able to do so remotely.
Add to that live-streamed lectures and readings from Bread Loaf faculty, past and present, which will be free and open to everyone—students, alums, faculty, friends—across the summer session. These will provide at least some of the co-curricular life that feeds our imaginations and our souls.
We know that we will not be able to replicate fully that improvisational “magic” and immersion that happen across our campuses every summer, as we exchange ideas over meals, performances, hikes, class trips, and more. And we will have to wait to celebrate our Centennial. But we will be able to learn together, to connect, to grow—and to engage intensively in new and surprising ways. And we hope you will be with us.
In the coming days, we will reach out to you again and post more information about these opportunities on our website. At that time, we will be available to answer all questions. For now, we thank you for being the community you are and for helping Bread Loaf to be what it can be, under the best and the worst of times.
Be safe and stay well,