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Engaging virtual literature seminars for teenagers.

Parlay Seminars are facilitated, discussion-based mini courses where students read a classic text, connect it to the modern world, and develop skills they will need to live fulfilling and prosperous lives.

Explore Classic Texts

Read great literature, explore its universal themes, and connect them to the world around us.

Build Valuable Skills

Learn to construct arguments, think critically, listen carefully, and communicate clearly.

Develop Your Voice

Develop your authentic voice as an active participant in substantive, truth-seeking discussions.  

How does it work?

Students are organized into groups of 8 to 12. Each week, they read a section of the assigned novel and participate in one asynchronous written discussion and one live seminar discussion.

The entire process is facilitated by a Parlay trained instructor, who provides weekly feedback to each student. All learning happens on our proprietary discussion-based learning platform.

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Build skills for the future.

Parlay Seminars teach fundamental human skills that are essential for success and personal fulfillment in the modern world:

Free and independent thinking

Building and evaluating arguments

Communicating clearly (verbal/written)

Grappling with the "big questions"

Giving and receiving peer feedback

Challenging and building on ideas

Developing a philosophical perspective

Practicing self-awareness and reflection

Proven methods, reimagined.

We've been using "Socratic Seminars" in education for over 2,000 years. Why? Because they work.


The great books of our culture have been taught for generations. Why? Because they contain eternal themes worthy of continued exploration.

Parlay Seminars bring technology to the timeless practice of student-driven discussions about great literature, making them more accessible, relevant engaging, and data-driven than ever before.

The greatest books you've ever read.

In each Parlay Seminar course, students explore one of "The Classics". Over a 4 to 6 week period they read the entire book, explore it's key themes, and connect them to the events and ideas shaping our world.

The best platform for student-driven discussions.

Over 100,000 teachers use Parlay's award-winning platform in their classrooms. Now we're bringing this structured, discussion-based learning experience directly to cohorts of learners all over the world.


Of students say that they wish that the Parlay discussion would keep going after the class period ends.


The average student participation rate in a typical Parlay class discussion.


Of all contributions in a Parlay discussion come from students building on, challenging, or questioning their classmates' ideas.


Of students say they like hearing their classmates' ideas and opinions during class discussions on Parlay.

Interested in joining?

We have spots available in our Summer seminar cohorts shown below or visit our Upcoming Cohorts page to browse all available options.

1984: Security, Freedom, and the Totalitarian Temptation

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

$120 per seat

This seminar course delves into George Orwell's "1984," exploring the delicate balance between security and freedom within the context of totalitarianism, and how this dystopian narrative resonates with contemporary societal and political issues. Through critical analysis and discussion, students will engage with the novel's themes, characters, and Orwell's warnings about the allure and dangers of absolute power.

Cohort 1: May 26th to June 28th
Cohort 2: July 7th to August 9th


The Alchemist: Fate or Free Will?

Ages 13 - 18

5 Weeks

4 - 5 hours per week

$120 per seat

In this seminar course, students will journey through Paulo Coelho's enchanting narrative, examining the interplay between destiny and individual choice that guides the protagonist's quest. Through thoughtful analysis and reflective discussions, participants will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the novel, questioning the extent to which our lives are shaped by fate versus the decisions we make.

Cohort 1: May 26th to June 28th
Cohort 2: July 7th to August 9th

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