In today’s world, the power to write effectively is ever more integral to students’ academic and personal success. For students, writing offers the unique chance to reflect and organize their thoughts. Students benefit from learning how to write in a way that gives them a route to understanding the world around them and their place in it.
Many times, the process of developing a writing “voice” is overlooked in the academic setting, and the first time students write an essay about their experiences is when they are applying to college. By then, many see writing as drudgery or are mistakenly convinced that they are terrible at it, making every sentence a struggle. This is why we believe it is so important to encourage students to write creatively (and like it) in junior high and high school (or earlier!).
Whether your child dreads writing essays or pens short stories in his or her free time, our curriculum is designed to enhance and challenge students to improve their own personal writing style. Through interactive writing tools in our office and online via Skype, we offer:
Intensive summer courses:
Our three-week course gives students the opportunity to work across genres. They will read and write narrative pieces, poetry, and short fiction, while learning to edit and analyze their own work. We give them the tools to overcome the fear of the blank page, and impart the critical notion that writing is really about re-writing, while simultaneously building in appropriate grammar and mechanics lessons. All of this takes place in an experiential learning environment, where your child guides and shapes the curriculum.
School year curriculum:
Our school year curriculum can be tailored to incorporate school reading and writing assignments, or can be a stand-alone program to allow individualized growth and development. In the past, we’ve worked with junior high students intent on completing a novel, high school students in need of grammar and mechanics support, and college students in need of support on research paper analysis and structure.
Our primary goals are to inspire students to take risks and discover their strengths while actively shaping their own learning experience. Our hope is to also foster an experience where students fall in love with reading and writing, and are encouraged to develop their own critical thinking and research analysis skills.
- Flexible curriculum tailored to students’ interests and skill level
- Empower students to develop their own writing “voice”
- Model creative problem solving through editing of students’ work
- Allow students to express thoughts and experiences in a safe environment
- Provide dynamic exercises to teach basic grammar and mechanics
- Help students discover their ideal writing conditions and work environment
- Work with an experienced writing instructor who has taught academic and creative writing for over a decade