"Uprooted", Lumi Barron, Issue Twenty.

"Uprooted", Lumi Barron, Issue Twenty.

Now in its sixth year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing. The 2018 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence. Poetry mentorship students will share weekly work with mentors and peers, while prose mentorship students will share biweekly work with mentors and peers.

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We are very proud of our alumni. Students have subsequently been recognized through the National YoungArts Foundation & United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards, among a plethora of others. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.

The 2018 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will last from June 24th until August 4th. Applications for the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will open next year.


Applicants should possess firm work ethic and some familiarity with the writing and workshop process, and should be comfortable with receiving (and giving) commentary and critique. Applicants should also possess the will to explore and improve!

Please note that this opportunity will not offer academic credit (this is a friendship, not a class!), that participation in this workshop is not a route to publication in The Adroit Journal, and that mentors and/or the program director have the right to terminate a mentorship student's involvement with the program at any time should issues arise.

At the end of the day, we are looking for the best potential: the writers with the drive to explore and discuss, the courage to delete and leap, and the determination to apply what they discover to future writings.

Mentor Application Process

Guidelines for writers who wish to mentor in the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will be available in early 2019.

Student Application Process

Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of two mandatory parts—a Writer’s Statement and a Writing Sample. The Writer’s Statement should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing The Adroit Journal’s summer mentorship program. What is it about our program and mission that piques your interest? Why this workshop? How would you spend your time with us? We want to know. Aim for between 1-1.5 pages double spaced, and don’t be afraid to be creative and original. We like that.

While we of course suggest mentioning your experience and accomplishment with the writing and workshop processes, we will evaluate applications looking primarily for demonstrated passion and interest. We'd also like to suggest that you review the mission, ambition, and content of the journal for inspiration, if you find yourself stuck.


The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and ten pages of fiction or nonfiction (excerpts acceptable). 

If you wish to do so, you may also upload an Academic Transcript to supplement your application.

Students who wish to apply to multiple genres may do so by utilizing both the First Choice and Second Choice options in the mentorship application form linked below. Important: If you wish to apply to more than one genre, please include two complete writing samples in one file, one for each genre, with your second-choice genre following the first.


Each year, students ask for tips. Here’s the biggest one we can give: in the statement, tell us why you want to spend your summer in this program, rather than simply in a summer program writing or reading or editing. Again, why ours? As always, the more specifics, the better.

Please direct any additional questions to the editors at editors@theadroitjournal.org


CLASS of 2018

Co-Directors: Peter LaBerge & Carly Joy Miller. 

Mentors: Gabrielle Bates, Alyse Bensel, Garrett Biggs, John-Michael Bloomquist, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Sylvia Chan, Victoria Chang, Mario Chard, Chen Chen, Hannah Cohen, S. Brook Corfman, Kevin Coval, Caroline Crew, Meg Day, Dana Diehl, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Stevie Edwards, Aidan Forster, Denice Frohman, Melissa Goodrich, Andrew Gretes, Benjamin Gucciardi, Ben Hoffman, Carlie Hoffman, Kasey Jueds, Peter Kispert, Dan Kraines, Becca Lambright, Paige Lewis, Ananda Lima, Erinrose Mager, Rachel Inez Marshall, Rachel Mennies, Matt W. Miller, Jason Myers, Natasha Oladokun, Kwame Opuku-Duku, Ben Purkert, Doug Ramspeck, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Claire Schwartz, Analicia Sotelo, Glenn Stowell, Eshani Surya, John Allen Taylor, Noah Warren, Keith S. Wilson, Jay G. Ying, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Charity Young. 

Mentees: Darius Atefat-Peckham, Emma Banks, Tom Bosworth, Leah Boyd, Eliza Browning, Bailey Bujnosek, Adriana Carter, Stephanie Chang, Amelia Chen, Emily Chen, Sandra Chen, Haley Chung, Ana Maria Cornejo Silva, Kateri David, Olivia Dupuy, Quinn Filler, Dominy Gallo, Jocelyn Gao, Victoria Gong, Maria Gray, Amal Haddad, Evan Hochstein, Sabine Holzman, Olivia Hu, Bessie Huang, Kaylee Jeong, Jocelyn Leuenberger, Qingying (Susan) Li, Juliet Lubwama, Megan Lunny, Grace Lytle, Solomon Mussing, Jackson Neal, Linh Nguyen, Elise Ofilada, Harper Oreck, Sophie Paquette, Alexandria Quigley, Maya Salameh, Andrea Salvador, Maia Siegel, Cindy Song, Derek Song, Greta Timmins, Nikki Velletri, Priyanka Voruganti, Anna Wang, Grace Wang, Judy Xie, Jessica Xu, and Gabrielle Zhu.

CLASS of 2017

Director: Carly Joy Miller. 

Mentors: Kenzie Allen, Eloisa Amezcua, Gabrielle Bates, Alyse Bensel, Garrett Biggs, Eric Blix, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Chen Chen, Laura Citino, Emily Rose Cole, Katie Condon, Caroline Crew, Katherine Ann Davis, Meg Day, Dana Diehl, Trista Edwards, Kris Faatz, Matthew Gellman, Kimberly Grabowski Strayer, J.P. Grasser, Andrew Gretes, Benjamin Gucciardi, Kamden Hilliard, Ben Hoffman, Theophilus Kwek, Peter LaBerge, Keegan Lester, Paige Lewis, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Bern Mulvey, Maria Pinto, Jessica Poli, Doug Ramspeck, Julian Randall, Nancy Reddy, Leslie Sainz, Raena Shirali, Anthony Veasna So, Analicia Sotelo, Glenn Stowell, Oriana Tang, Brian Tierney, Graham Todd, Cady Vishniac, and Shelley Wong. 

Mentees: Isabella Alvarez, Fareena Arefeen, Tess Becket, Matilda Berke, Rudrakshi Bhattacharjee, Stella Binion, Margaret Blackburn, Bronwen Brenner, Anna Butcher, Yiwei Chai, Katie Chen, Steven Chung, Grace Coberly, Lyrik Courtney, Uma Dwivedi, Annie Fan, Taylor Fang, Sarah Feng, Lily Goldberg, Justin Han, Yuri Han, Vincent Hao, Jacqueline He, Mai Hoang, Caldwell Gregg Holden, Lilly Hunt, Kara Jackson, Heather Jensen, Isabella Jiang, Nadia Jo, Masfi Khan, Audrey Kim, Heather Yenna Kim, Katherine Kim, Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, Ezra Lebovitz, Eunice Lee, Shereen Lee, Julia Lee-Papastavros, Morgan Levine, Enshia Li, Isabella Li, Serena Lin, Margaret Lu, Vivian Lu, Erin O'Malley, Rebecca Oet, Andrew Rickert, Tessa Rudolph, Emily Schultz, Vidhima Shetty, Ashira Shirali, Tarik Shwaish, Sahara Sidi, Griffin Somaratne, Rachel Sucher, Emily Tian, Stephanie Tom, Amelia Van Donsel, Valerie Wu, AnQi Yu, Zuyi Zhao, Nicole Zhen, Adam Zhou, and Joyce Zhou.

CLASS of 2016

Co-Directors: Peter LaBerge & Douglas Ray. 

Mentorship Correspondent: Frani O'Toole.

Mentors: Garrett Biggs, William Brewer, Stephanie Cawley, Chen Chen, Caroline Crew, Michelle Donahue, Trista Edwards, Cody Ernst, William Fargason, Anthony Frame, Jennifer Givhan, Andrew Gretes, Alex Higley, Rochelle Hurt, Gina Keicher, Taisia Kitaiskaia, Peter LaBerge, Keegan Lester, Molly McGinnis, Carly Joy Miller, Matt W. Miller, Stephen Mills, Megan Peak, Maria Pinto, Christina Qiu, Nancy Reddy, Jim Redmond, Michelle Ross, Raena Shirali, Graham Todd, Jeff Whitney, and Emily Paige Wilson. 

Mentees: Olivia Alger, Sophie Allen, Margot Armbruster, Nikita Bastin, Anjali Berdia, Caroline Bernstein, Daniel Blokh, Annabel Brazaitis, Emma Camp, Annie Castillo, Letitia Chan, Michelle Chen, Emma Choi, Jisoo Choi, Annabelle Crowe, Helli Fang, Joseph Felkers, Kindall Gant, Michel Ge, Samuel Gee, Reuben Gelley Newman, Farah Ghafoor, Julia Gourary, Jaclyn Grimm, Alexandra Gulden, Jordan Harper, Rachana Hegde, Angelo Hernandez-Sias, Cassandra Hsiao, Eileen Huang, Jimin Kang, Alexandra Karaim, Lilly Keefe-Powers, Elizabeth Kim, Tomas Kontakevich, Anthony Lagana, Elizabeth Lemieux, Rachel Litchman, Katherine Liu, Patricia Liu, Kaley Mamo, Alyssa Mazzoli, Rhiannon McGavin, Noel Peng, Anika Prakash, Joey Reisberg, Jae Haeng Rhee, Josh Schlachter, Nicole Seah, Polina Solovyeva, Scott Stevens, Eliana Swerdlow, Kwan Ann Tan, Selin Turkyilmaz, Jordan Villegas, Alisa Wadsworth, Rona Wang, Alisha Yi, Emily Yin, Charity Young, Margaret Zhang, Lily Zhou, and Lisa Zou. 

Class of 2015

Director: Peter LaBerge. 

Mentors: Aria Aber, Samantha Bares, Nicky Cayless, Alexander Cendrowski, Alexa Derman, Aline Dolinh, Michelle Donahue, Cody Ernst, Jackson Holbert, Kaitlin Jennrich, Lucia LoTempio, Amanda Silberling, Talin Tahajian, and Oriana Tang.

Mentees: Nathan Blansett, Gabriel Braunstein, Walker Caplan, Carissa Chen, Catherine Cheng, Jordan Cutler-Tietjen, Maya Eashwaran, Sophie Evans, Griffin Blue Fay, Maeve Flaherty, Talia Flores, Aidan Forster, Andrea Giugni, Ava Goga, Alex Greenberg, Kathryn Hargett, Anastasia Hutnick, Christina Im, Safwan Khatib, Anna Kramer, Michal Leibowitz, Jane Levy, Brianna McNish, Abigail Minard, Meghana Mysore, Taylor Petty, Ben Read, Brynne Rebele-Henry, Elena Sénéchal-Becker, Shannon Sommers, Jane Song, Caroline Tsai, Jamie Uy, Smriti Verma, Lucy Wainger, Eli Winter, Trudy Wrona, Carrie Zhang, Emily Zhang, Jessica Zhang, Audrey Zhao, and Emily Zhao.

Class of 2014

Director: Peter LaBerge.

Mentors: Elizabeth Ballou, Alexa Derman, Katherine Frain, Kaitlin Jennrich, Caleb Kaiser, Peter LaBerge, and Talin Tahajian.

Mentees: Rebecca Alifimoff, Ethan Aronson, Adelina Ceretto, Lindsay Emi, Robert Esposito, Charlotte Goddu, Eden Arielle Gordon, Erica Guo, Caroline Harris, Maddie Kim, Jessica Li, Erica Lin, Emma Lister, Helene Lovett, Emily Mack, Alyssa Mulé, Meredith Prochaska, Christina Qiu, Lucy Silbaugh, Jasmine Simms, Audrey Spensley, Lily Spiro, Oriana Tang, Sarah Tran, and Daniel Warner.

Class of 2013

Founder & Director: Peter LaBerge.

Mentors: Sarah Fletcher, Caleb Kaiser, Peter LaBerge, and Emma Townley-Smith.

Mentees: Julia Allen, Samantha Ardoin, Yasmin Belkhyr, Samantha Berkefeld, Rachel Bunting, Emily Burns, Brittany Clark, Sarah Craig, Flora de Falbe, Lauren Finkle, Katherine Frain, Miles Hewitt, Lily Kerfoot, Alicia Lai, Owen Lucas, Jane Loechler, Molly McGinnis, Reiss McGuinness, Bridget Menasche, Jacob Oet, Amanda Prager, Christina Qiu, Abigail Schott-Rosenfield, Amanda Silberling, Sarah Stanton, Talin Tahajian, Lucy Wainger, and Shelley Whitaker.