Now in its seventh 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 2019 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 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will last from June 23rd until August 3rd. Applications for the 2019 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program will open in March.
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!
This opportunity will not offer academic credit (this is a friendship, not a class!), and participation in this workshop is not a route to publication in The Adroit Journal. Program directors have the right to terminate a mentorship student's involvement with the program at any time, should activity 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
Mentor apps will be considered until February 15, 2019. Click here to apply!
Mentors must be at least eighteen years of age, and may be previously affiliated or unaffiliated with the Adroit Journal. The ideal Mentor is organized, knowledgeable about either contemporary poetry or prose, able to work well with others, and plans to be reachable for the duration of the program—late-June to early-August. Additionally, the ideal Mentor has experience in the classroom with creative writing, whether as a student, a teacher/professor, or both.
If you would like to apply for more than one genre, please note your preferences using the dropdown boxes in the application (though each Mentor will be limited to one genre of mentorship per summer). If selected to participate in the program, Mentors will have the option of creating an original syllabus, using one of three syllabus models provided by the Program Directors, or using an outside syllabus.
Mentors will be assigned students by the Program Directors, Editor-in-Chief, & Managing Editor based on aesthetic fit. Please note that all Mentor roles are volunteer at this time.
Learn more about the experience from our mentors below. Click the tile to scroll through!
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 (between 1-2 pages double-spaced) should detail the applicant’s specific interest in pursuing The Adroit Journal’s summer mentorship program. Don’t be afraid to be creative and original. We like that.
The Writing Sample should consist of between four and five poems or between eight and twelve double-spaced 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 your 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 additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLASS of 2019
Co-Directors: Carly Joy Miller & John Allen Taylor.
Outreach Coordinators: Kris Faatz & Molly McGinnis.
Engagement Coordinator: S. Brook Corfman.
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 Opoku-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.