George School becomes the first secondary school to take part in the Winter 2015 International Write-In, a ten-day event in which collegiate writing programs across the globe host on-campus gatherings for student writers. Colleges and universities participating hail from the US, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and include both public and private two-year and four-year institutions.
The Write-In, first organized in 2014 by the Writing Associates Program at Swarthmore College, encourages students to explore the collaborative nature of composition by working through the writing process alongside classmates and peer tutors. Traditionally, writing programs hosting International Write-In events have taken over campus spaces to offer snacks, drinks, and peer tutoring to those seeking a comfortable study environment. Some schools have even added their own creative twists by including live musical performances, word games, and other study break activities.
At George School, student mentors from the Writing Center set up in Bettye’s Place to offer peer writing consultation and encourage the campus community to “Write for Rights” as part of Amnesty International’s annual letter-writing campaign. Letter writers use their prose for social justice by penning notes to state and local officials in support of the release of prisoners of conscious around the world.