Typical Day

A group of students listening to the Morning Reports in a classroom in the School of Music

There will not be a “typical day” at Online Camp 2021. Each student will need to spend 2-4 hours engaged in the course every day, but most of that time will be asynchronous, meaning the student can engage on their own schedule. There may be some short (1 hour) live class sessions or events but their times will vary by class, and will be scheduled by consensus so that all students are able to participate. If any students are unable to attend a live class, they will be excused for the absence and given a chance to watch a recording of the class on their own time. There will also be live extracurricular events (readings, workshops, talent shows, etc) usually between 7 and 9 PM US Central Standard Time, but these will be optional, and will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.

The information below pertains to the normal (non-pandemic) Summer Residential Program.

The seminar and workshop are the most important parts of a student’s day, but there’s a lot more to the Studio experience. We walk a careful line between giving our students enough structured events during which to learn from their teachers and counselors and from each other—seminars, workshops, readings, activities—and giving students the free time they need to write.

Morning Reports

Each day begins with Morning Reports, a meeting at which the entire program is assembled (students & staff) and whose purpose is to make sure everyone is up to speed and in sync. We make announcements, alert students to upcoming events, answer questions, and conduct other Studio business.


After Morning Reports we have Stretch, a group writing exercise led by a faculty member. Stretch isn’t a somber grind; it’s an engaging and entertaining activity, and gets your brain loose and limber for the writing day.


Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, you’ll join a different group of students for Observatories. Observatories are writing exercises, usually outdoors, built around the idea that to describe the world you have to observe it. Nothing, not even imagination, can achieve the level of specificity you get when you observe. Observatories are designed to help you see—to open your eyes and attention to the world around you—and to use this seeing in your writing. You’ll also get a chance to work with a teacher you haven’t worked with before.