Now in its eighth year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12, including graduating seniors (class of 2020)) interested in learning more about the creative writing processes of drafting, redrafting and editing.

The 2020 program will cater to the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and creative 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.


Applications for the 2020 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program are now CLOSED; applications for the 2021 program will reopen in the spring of 2021.

The 2020 program will last from June 21st until August 2nd.


We’ll notify you when two weeks and one week remain to apply to the 2021 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. Note: If you are subscribed to our mailing list, you will already receive these updates.

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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. Check out our 2020 Scholastic Awards blog post to learn more about the four 2020 Gold Medal Writing Portfolio winners affiliated with the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

Over 65% of mentorship graduates have matriculated at Ivy League universities, Stanford, UChicago, or Oxbridge. Click here to view the mentorship alumni college list.



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!

Tuition for participation in the full program is $295/student. Please note that there is no application fee. Furthermore, we want to assure applicants for whom tuition will be a barrier that fee remission and generous financial aid will be available. Financial need will be addressed entirely separately, and will not be an influencing factor on the mentorship’s admission decisions. Program co-directors will not have access to financial need information until after admission decisions have been made.

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. 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.

CLASS of 2020

Co-Directors: Peter LaBerge & John Allen Taylor.

Student Assistants: Taylor Fang & Krystal Yang.

Mentors: Krys Malcolm Belc, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Dorothy Chan, Mario Chard, Elaine Hsieh Chou, Lucas Church, Claudia Cortese, Caroline Crew, Melissa Crowe, Meg Day, Dana Diehl, Ryan Dzelzkalns, Natalie Eilbert, Megan Fernandes, Kate Folk, Aricka Foreman, Michael Frazier, Melissa Goodrich, Andrew Gretes, Emily Harnden, Faylita Hicks, Noor Hindi, Ben Hoffman, Erin Jones, Sophie Klahr, Keith Leonard, Ben Loory, Angie Sijun Lou, Erinrose Mager, LaTanya McQueen, Rachel Mennies, Aram Mrjoian, José Olivarez, Emilia Phillips, Alycia Pirmohamed, Ruben Quesada, Michelle Ross, Leslie Sainz, C.A. Schaefer, Rob Shapiro, Raena Shirali, Gabriella R. Tallmadge, Alexandra Tanner, Courtney Faye Taylor, Claire Wahmanholm, Noah Warren, Keith S. Wilson, and Jane Wong.

Mentees: Margaret Balich, Brynn Beatty, Rachel Brooks, Christian Butterfield, Alice Cai, Lucy Cai, Alison Cao, Annie Cao, Spencer Chang, Adya Chatterjee, Jennifer Chiu, Annie Davison, Lane Devers, Kaya Dierks, Madelyn Dietz, Julia Do, Amour Ellis, Aanika Eragam, Sandhya Ganesan, Manasi Garg, Aran Glynn, Liv Goldreich, Adelina Rose Gowans, Katie Grierson, Dedeepya Guthikonda, May Hathaway, Jonah Henry, Charlotte Hughes, Annika Inampudi, Shriranjani Iyengar, Lyra Jannetta, Cassandra Kesig, Zain Ul Abidin Khan Alizai, Dohyun Kim, Sophie Kim, Irma Kiss-Barath, Divyasri Krishnan, Anne Kwok, Bianca Denise Layog, Jimin Alice Lee, Youngseo Lee, William Leggat, Corinne Leong, Stella Li, Sophie Main, Luz Mañunga, Aria Miao, Emma Miao, Sofia Miller, Sarah Fahtima Mohammed, Marjan Naderi, Charlotte Newman, Semilore Ola, Edith Patterson, Luisa Peñaflor, Lana Perice, Tre Poole, Em Power, Isabel Prioleau, Gayatri Rajan, Sophia Ramirez, Laya Reddy, Lauren Rooney, Jenny Shi, Elizabeth Shorkey, Alejandro Sigui, Olivia Sisson, Vivien Song, Sarah Street, Cobin Szymanski, Elyse Thomas, Jonathan Truong, Sakshi Umrotkar, Katherine Vandermel, Shreya Vikram, Nora Wagner, Amy Wang, Kexin Wang, Layla Wheelon, J. Xiang, Lily Yanagimoto, Amy Zhou, Frank Zhou, and Sophie Zhu.


Student Writer Application Process

Applications for this year’s mentorship program consist of three parts—a Writer’s Statement, a Writing Sample, and an Academic Transcript.

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 (max of ten pages, with each poem starting on a new page) or between eight and twelve double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction (excerpts are acceptable). If you’re applying in multiple genres, you can use up to 8-12 pages for each genre and both should be in the writing sample. We consider both genres independent of their ranking on your app until the final stage.

The Academic Transcript is as an optional component that is primarily used as a verification of student status. Transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should ideally be in PDF form. No need to upload multiple transcripts if you’ve changed schools during your high school career—your latest transcript will suffice. If not sent with your application, a transcript is required when accepting a cohort spot.

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.

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Mentor Application Process

We will provide dates regarding the application window for the 2021 application window in the winter of 2021.

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.


Previous Cohorts

Class of 2019

Co-Directors: Carly Joy Miller & John Allen Taylor.

Outreach Coordinators: Kris Faatz & Molly McGinnis.

Engagement Coordinator: S. Brook Corfman.

Student Assistants: Polina Solovyeva & Emily Tian.

Mentors: Jenessa Abrams, Eloisa Amezcua, Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, Noah Baldino, Gabrielle Bates, Conor Bracken, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Dorothy Chan, Lucas Church, Hannah Cohen, Emily Corwin, Caroline Crew, Kyle Dacuyan, Meg Day, Dana Diehl, Chelsea Dingman, William Evans, Scott Fenton, Megan Fernandes, Aricka Foreman, Kate Gaskin, Melissa Goodrich, Rebecca Hazelton, Ben Hoffman, Luther Hughes, Christina Im, Zach Linge, Anni Liu, Antonio Lopez, Angie Sijun Lou, Rachel Inez Marshall, Madison McCartha, LaTanya McQueen, Rachel Mennies, Aram Mrjoian, Kwame Opoku-Duku, Sebastian Paramo, Alycia Pirmohamed, Ben Purkert, Doug Ramspeck, Jayme Ringleb, Michelle Ross, Claire Schwartz, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Nina Sudhakar, Avia Tadmor, Alexandra Tanner, Courtney Faye Taylor, Gale Marie Thompson, J. A. Tyler, Rushi Vyas, Jane Wong, Jenny Xie, Jay G. Ying, and Jihyun Yun.

Mentees: Claire Ahn, Aidan Aragon, Lukas Bacho, Kelsie Bennett, Maya Berardi, Elliot Bradley, Sage Braziel, Emory Brinson, Aluna Brogdon, Adina Cazacu-De Luca, Ana Chen, Daniel Chen, Sarah Chen, Isabella Cho, Audrey Chong, Annika Clark, Alex Clifford, Leo Cox, Jude Ehmka, Kendra Gilbert, Hannah Han, Catherine Ji, Lara Katz, Yasmeen Khan, Felix Killingsworth, Sarah Lao, Sylvan Lebrun, Jeffrey Liao, Emily Liu, Cynthia Lu, Katie Lu, Kaja Lucas, Tasneem Maher, Duy Quang Mai, Frances McKittrick, Uma Menon, Ernest O. Ogunyemi, Fiyinfoluwa Oladipo, Ottavia Paluch, Annamiciah Pendarvis, Meena Rakasi, Abby Richards, Mya Rigoli, Grace Song, Tuesday Sweeney, Yvanna Vien Tica, Patrick Tong, Ari Vishin, Jieyan Wang, Lydia Wei, Hana Widerman, Cindy Xin, Krystal Yang, Ann Zhang, Sophia Zhao, and Cynthia Zhou.


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.