Teaching Writing Residency

Announcing 2020 Teaching Writing Residency

July 9–18, 2020
College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine

492.690 Residency: Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing

This 10-day residency will include readings, roundtables, field trips, and other residency events. Teaching Writing students will meet for up to six hours each day in a face-to-face, classroom environment. Students will design and present a mini-lesson involving writing that they have used, or wish to use, in their own classrooms. Students will engage in discussions of theory and best practices in the teaching of writing, and will also participate in a writing workshop focusing on their own writing. This year’s residency will join with students in the MA in Writing and MA in Science Writing Programs for shared outings, readings, receptions and other activities. One residency is required for M.A. candidates and is optional for those seeking the certificate. Students may take a second residency as an elective, and alumni may attend the residency at a special tuition discount.

Mount Desert Island, Maine, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, is a place of exquisite natural beauty. The residency will be based at the College of the Atlantic, a small liberal arts school at water’s edge in Bar Harbor.

This year’s residency covers ten days, beginning in the evening on Thursday, July 9, and ending the morning of Saturday, July 18. While most of the coursework for the residency will take place while we are in Maine, some online coursework will be required before and after the residency week.

This course fulfills the residency requirement for the Hopkins M.A. in Teaching Writing. Students receive full graduate credit and pay the regular 2020/2021 tuition for the course, plus an academic fee. Dorm lodging is available for an additional fee. Information on lodging, fees, registration, and other details can be found below.

Lodging & Meals

Students attending the residency from out of town are welcome to make their own lodging arrangements or to stay in a College of the Atlantic dorm for an additional fee. Most dorm rooms are double occupancy. The lodging fee includes lunches M-F and four dinners.

Residency Fees
Tuition: $3,108 (Rate as of 1/7/20. A small tuition increase is possible for the coming academic year.)
Fees: $450
Lodging Fee (optional): $425 (includes lunches M-F and four dinners)
Total tuition and fees: $3,983 (including lodging)
$3,558 (no lodging)

Please note that the $450 academic fee and $425 lodging fee are non-refundable after February 24. If you register for this course and then drop it after February 24, you will be reimbursed for tuition in accordance with the standard tuition refund policy, but you will not be refunded for the fees.


Registration will open on February 1, 2020. The preferred registration deadline is February 24; students may register after that date only if space is available.

There are two options for registering:

  • If you wish to attend the residency and want to stay in the dorm, register for 492.690, Section 91.
  • If you wish to attend the residency but want to take care of your own lodging, register for AS.492.690, Section 92.

Please be sure to register for the correct section. The fees you will be charged are different depending on which section you register for.

Special Considerations

  • The Teaching Writing Residency is open to any student currently enrolled in the Master’s or Certificate Program in Teaching Writing, as well as other students from other Hopkins graduate programs who have completed the core Teaching Writing (AS.492.612) course.
  • Alumni may attend the residency on a non-credit basis for a discounted tuition fee. The alumni tuition is still being determined but will not be greater than one-half the cost of regular tuition, and may be less than that. Alumni who are interested in attending the residency will not be able to register right away but should contact Mark (mfarrin1@jhu.edu) to announce their interest.
  • Students in the M.A. track are required to complete one Teaching Writing residency course. M.A. students may receive credit for additional residencies taken as electives. Although not a requirement for the Certificate in Teaching Writing, students in the Certificate track may complete a residency for elective course credit.
  • The Teaching Writing Program will offer its regular selection of online courses this summer, in addition to the residency. Students may take an additional course along with the residency. Instructors teaching online Teaching Writing courses will allow makeup work for any absences caused by the one-week residency. The regular summer schedule will be available in March.
  • Most of the course work for the Teaching Writing residency will take place during the residency week. Students will also be expected to complete some readings prior to the residency and to submit a writing assignment after the residency week.
  • The residency portion of the course will begin on Thursday, July 9, at around 5 p.m., and conclude on Saturday, July 18, in the morning. Students staying in the dorm may move in on the 9th and stay through the 18th.
  • Nearly all dorm rooms at the College of the Atlantic are double occupancy. You have the option of choosing who you room with or allowing us to determine room assignments.

Registration (for the Residency only) opens on February 1. After February 24, students may register on a space-available basis only.

Register for Section 91 if you wish to also stay in a dorm at the College of the Atlantic.

Register for Section 92 if you wish to take care of your own lodging.

2018 Teaching Writing Residency

Teaching Writing’s 2018 Summer Residency took place July 22 – 29 on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

2017 Teaching Writing Residency

The residency took place July 2 – 9 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. We were also visited by a videographer, who interviewed Program Director Mark Farrington and many of the Teaching Writing students.