Our Lumos Lightning Program is a three-week intensive summer workshop designed to give students the tools, techniques, and resources they need to become excellent speakers.

The goal of Lumos Lightning is to empower students with skills and confidence that few possess and that will differentiate them during the college process and in personal and professional realms beyond.

Sections of Lumos Lightning are small, capped at 10 rising or graduating seniors, and require regular in-class participation and homework tasks. Together, Lumos Lightning students will review historical and contemporary speeches and speakers in the service of developing their own personal content and style. During four two-hour evening workshops each week, an experienced instructor will lead students through original exercises and facilitate the giving and receiving of constructive live feedback.

By the end of the course, we aim for every participant to feel both empowered and inspired, as improved communication skills inevitably lead to improved personal connections and an improved understanding of community.                                           


Program highlights include:

  • Techniques for effective storytelling
  • Development of rhetorical strategies
  • Voice control exercises
  • Training in nonverbal communication
  • Comprehensive peer and teacher review
  • Video critique and analysis
  • On-the-spot practice through impromptu in-class “speechlets”
  • Two formal, prepared speeches

Dates and location below.


6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
July 6 – July 23

80 Gerry’s Landing Rd.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Studying public speaking gave me the confidence to express parts of myself that I’d previously deemed inexpressible. Ms. Kornet implements the structure and tools for her students to teach each other— really, to speak to each other. Her teaching style is rigorous, honest, structured, and workshop-oriented. She pushes her students to communicate their best selves.
— Alex Sternlicht, University of Pennsylvannia Class of 2015