Kauffmann Summer Writing Seminar

This July, come enhance your writing while on a sea kayaking adventure – for free!

The Kauffmann Summer Writing Seminar offers all Maine high school students an opportunity to learn about environmental writing and experience an sea kayaking adventure on the coast of Maine.

The Seminar, free of charge and open by application to all Maine high school students, includes a writing workshop (where students, in a guided workshop setting, share feedback on each other’s writing), a video lecture by National Geographic Explorer of the year Jon Turk, and an overnight kayak trip to an island on the Maine coast, where students do writing exercises and experience the beauty of coastal Maine.  No experience with environmental writing is necessary-just a willingness to learn and fully participate.

All camping and kayaking equipment and food will be provided.


Send an email by May 15 to Kauffmann Program Director, Ian Ramsey.
Your email should contain:

  • Name, address, age, and high school
  • Why you are interested in participating
  • A one-page sample of your writing, which can be creative writing or a paper from school

We look forward to your application!