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To write with mastery. To learn with joy.

For a week on one of the world’s most beautiful college campuses, the Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference immerses you in an intellectual experience that can be profound, both personally and professionally. Time to write, excellent instructors, personal feedback, inspiring colleagues—the Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference is an opportunity for transformation.


Kenyon Review Expands Summer Programs With Kenyon Institute

The Kenyon Review Board of Trustees voted to approve a proposal from Kenyon College to incorporate the programs and management of the Kenyon Institute in Review operations at its meeting in New York on February 7, 2017. Transferring the Institute, a program of Kenyon College, to the Review will expand its summer offerings in creative writing to include the Institute’s programs in playwriting, spiritual writing, and the Summer Seminars, a great books course. The united programs will become one of the largest and most diverse summer writing programs for adults and high school students in the country.

“The Kenyon Review’s long-range aspirations include development of programs that will promote writing across a broad range of genres and purposes, so the opportunity to bring on the well-established Kenyon institute program was a perfect opportunity for us,” commented David Lynn, the David Banks Editor of the Kenyon Review.  

Now entering its fifth summer, the Institute was established by the Kenyon College Board of Trustees as part of a strategic plan to build summer activity on the Kenyon campus. Late last year, Sarah Kahrl, founding director of the Institute, was appointed as the next Executive Director of the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc., prompting an assessment of the Institute’s future by the College.

“Kenyon is known world-wide for its excellence in writing and literature because of the Kenyon Review’s seventy-five years of literary excellence,” said Kenyon President Sean Decatur.  “Both the Review and the Institute have developed remarkable partnerships with leading authors and institutions that enrich the life of the College and extend its impact to high school students and adult audiences.”

More information is available here the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference, Kenyon Review Summer Seminars, and Young Writers at Kenyon.

Our Programs

Registration for our 2018 programs will begin in November 2017

June 16 — June 23

Summer Seminar

Explore great eras in history—World War II, the Enlightenment, the voyages of discovery—alongside intriguing journeys into the worlds of travel writing, fashion, film and more.

July 7 — July 14

Spiritual Writing at Kenyon

Designed for clergy, spiritual directors, and lay leaders to reach beyond their congregations with op-eds, blogs, social media, and the best tools of Christian and Jewish writing traditions.

June 10 — June 17

Kenyon Playwrights Conference

An intensive playwriting workshop led by literary managers and commissioned playwrights from the Old Vic, Roundabout Theatre Company and Seattle's ACT Theatre.

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