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On the Campus of Stanford University

On the Campus of Stanford University

GBSP has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world to read, discuss and debate selections from the greatest works of literature. Students experience college-level seminars, engage in lively discussion, immerse themselves in creative electives, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. Students can attend one-week or multi-week sessions.
We also offer Writer's Workshops for grades 6 - 12.This energizing program features seminars, small group classes, and supervised writing time aimed at awakening creative impulses as experienced faculty writers introduce craft techniques. Students will engage with creative writing prompts and exercises aimed to inspire. Sharing works with teachers and peers will provide constructive, individualized critique.
In 2020, we are pleased to launch our 17th year as guests on the campus of Stanford University. Here, amongst the majestic California palms, young people from around the world gather to experience reading, discussion, and life on the campus of one of the great universities of the world.
Faculty sponsor, Professor Rob Reich, typically joins us for one of the highlight seminars of the program. Chris Bobonich of the Philosophy Department invariably casts a spell with his dynamic lectures. Distinguished visiting Academic Directors offer one week literary explorations. The curriculum at Stanford tends to feature some world literature such as Borges, Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri but also explores Greek and Roman classics, American writers, and European philosophers.
Great Books at Stanford has been a magnet for exciting guest authors and filmmakers, including Steampunk master writer, James Blaylock; famed film director, Chris Columbus; Pulitzer Prize winner, Jane Smiley; novelist/TV/film writer, Dennis Lehane; and slam poetry artist, Sarah Kay. Past Literary Electives have included French Existentialism, Artificial Intelligence, Nature and Wanderlust, Sherlock Holmes, Heroism, Slam Poetry, Tricksters, King Arthur, and the Villian’s Perspective.

12-18 yrs
Stanford University
450 Serra Mall, Stanford, California, 94305 See Map
Every day, -
from 8am to 6pm
$2495 / 1 week residential
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