ISD: Online  (June 27 - July 10, 2020 - Session 1)
ISD: Online  (July 12 - 25, 2020 - Session 2)

ISD: Online

2 Weeks
1 Week

ISD 2021 In-Person/ISD: Online 2020 Combo

Sign-up for two weeks of in-person camp at ISD 2021 and receive ISD: Online for free in 2020!
2 Weeks Residential
2 Weeks Commuter

Original Oratory and Informative Speaking allow students the freedom to write and deliver a message that is entirely their own. Students craft a ten-minute speech and deliver it entirely from memory. Speeches contain arguments that use a combination of evidence, logic and emotional appeals. Students develop their voice and learn how to share a message that they are passionate about.

How we teach | How students grow

Our oratory faculty work closely with campers to develop a speech about a topic that interests them; we never write speeches for students. In our workshops, we guide students through a process of developing their own ideas. We challenge them to strengthen their speech with proof points that can connect with listeners. We help students make adjustments to their arguments that will make them stronger and clearer. Through ongoing practice and rounds of feedback, campers gain confidence in their piece of work and find their voice.

Original Oratory and Informative Speaking at ISD: Online

I don’t think any of us would be Original Orators if we didn’t believe in the magic of speaking to others live and in-person. However, we are also a community that believes in solutions! At ISD, we are more than ready to greet the challenges of speaking while social distancing. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect from our virtual OO/Info lab.

Learn more about event-specific plans for ISD: Online here. These plans are a work in progress and more will be added as we get closer to this summer.

From Our Curriculum Director

“At ISD, you won’t learn to simply write a persuasive speech; we take the time to help you craft a speech that is yours; a speech you care about; a speech you’ll feel excited and proud to give throughout the year.”

– Maggie Woodward, ​Curriculum Director - Original Oratory
8:00 - 8:45am
9:00 - 9:30am
10:00am - 12:30pm
Seminar / Writing Time / One-on-One Sessions
12:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch and Recreational Time
1:30 - 2:45pm
Practicum & Group Activities
2:45 - 5:15pm
Seminar / Writing Time / One-on-One Sessions
5:15 - 6:30pm
6:30 - 8:00pm
Group Activities / Staff Performances + Q&A
Commuters must depart campus
Residential students must be inside the residence halls
Room Check (Residential students must be inside their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00am
Quiet Hours