Unlike traditional college preparatory courses, the Trinity College Digital Summer Writing Institute teaches student-writers to work in digital writing spaces and develop their individual/personal writing process. Working closely with Trinity College writing professors, students develop the unique writing skills that a digital and collaborative world demands.

Program Information:

Dates: July 20-31, 2020
Duration: 10 days
Meetings: choose from Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR  Monday-Friday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $1,200/student
Class size: maximum of 15 student-writers
Audience: For highly motivated high school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11.
Method of Instruction: Live on Zoom and utilizes Google Docs for sharing writing and receiving feedback

Overarching Goals:

In the Trinity College Digital Summer Writing Institute, you will:

  • Explore and compose texts in a variety of genres and digital modalities
  • Hone critical thinking and analytical reading skills
  • Discover and develop your own unique, productive, and reflective writing process
  • Develop skills and strategies for flexible and efficient revision
  • Revise writing projects for alternative formats and audiences
  • Cultivate collaborative writing strategies

Program Description:

Whether in an academic setting or the workplace, writing for a digital world has become a highly sought after skill. Students will learn to write, revise, edit, and transform documents across various media.  Students will receive individualized feedback on their writing (both drafts and finished products) from college professors, college students who work in the Trinity College Writing Center, and from their peers in the program.  Working in collaboration with other high school students from across the nation, students will hone these portable skills and gain confidence in their writing.

Through small writing workshops (max of 15 students) designed to prepare high school student-writers for writing in a digital world, participants will learn about digital writing through daily discrete assignments designed to encourage students to discover and develop their own unique and productive writing process. We will explore strategies for planning, drafting, and revising documents in a digital age. Some writing projects are completed individually, and others are completed collaboratively. Writers will receive regular feedback from peers and the professor. All participants will meet one-on-one with the professor to receive guided, supportive feedback on their writing. Participants will meet live each day via Zoom, and writing will be shared using Google docs.

Each day begins with a brief writing assignment based on the daily writing goal. As a class we will read or watch a brief article or video and then discuss it in small groups or as a class.

With guidance from the professor, participants will practice the writing goal for each day, learning to compose in digital spaces and understanding how rhetoric shapes communication.

Meet the Professors:

Tennyson L. O’Donnell
Director, Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric and Allan K. Smith Senior Lecturer in English Composition
Erin L. Frymire
Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric

Sample Day:
Hour 1
In-class free write on your everyday experiences of technology
Read “Why You Should Play Video Games” by Adam Frank
Watch interview with Chris Melissinos, the curator of the video game exhibit at Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hour 2
Research tech blogs/magazines/websites. Write your own blog post stating your opinion of the relative value of videogames.
Hour 3
Revise your blog based on feedback from peers and professor
Write a brief reflection considering: What did you learn about writing today? How did you learn it?


To enroll, please complete and submit the Digital Summer Writing Institute enrollment form along with a payment in full of $1,200. Enrollment period has ended.

Cancellation policy:

Students can withdraw prior to the first class meeting with an administrative fee of $120. There will be no refunds after the first class meeting.

Digital badge:


Program completion will be recognized with a digital badge that can be published on social media such as LinkedIn and/or listed in your resume and college applications.