Writing the Admissions Essay & Personal Narrative
This intensive four week course is limited to just ten students per class because students will work closely with their instructor. Participants will learn to write from their soul as they compose a compelling admission essay using either Common Application prompts or a specific university essay supplement. Serious high school juniors and nearly all seniors should consider taking this course. This is a practical interactive class where students can expect to compose and revise their essays. Individual instructor feedback will be provided.
A publishing credit offers a student the competitive advantage in college admission. This class is for serious middle and high school students who enjoy writing or want to be published. Potential liberal arts majors are not the only ones who should consider taking this course. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors should consider taking this six week course because a publishing credit can separate STEM candidates from the admission pack. This course is conducted in the proven Writers’ Workshop method. Thus, participants should be comfortable giving and receiving feedback. The goal of the class is for students to be published in a magazine, journal or credible online publication.
Writing the Academic Essay
Writing is essential skill needed to succeed in college. Yet, nearly thirty percent of students must take need remedial writing classes in college. Nearly seventy percent of English language learners take remedial writing classes. Nearly all classes, but particularly core/required classes, demand students master critical thinking and writing skills. This course prepares students for the rigors and depth of college writing targeting the essay. Participants will also learn how to tackle the inevitable essay exam.
Writing the Persuasive Paper
Writing persuasively is a skill that must be mastered by writers, if their writing is to change or challenge the reader. Most high school students know how to write a research paper based on researched information. However, few know how to present research or experience in such a way that they convince or entice a reader to consider a different position. Nearly all writing implores its reading audience to change an opinion, attitude or action. In this pre-college class students will develop their persuasive writing skills while writing different types of academic essays
Writing the Literary Paper
Generally, first year college students are expected to compose a literary analysis paper. In this course students will advance through the various types of literary writing culminating in writing a college freshman literary analysis paper. Students will be expected to read a novella or short stories of the instructor’s choosing
Introduction to Creative Writing
Participants will have fun in this course as they develop their muse. This class is recommended before taking our Write-to-Publish class, if you are still honing your creative writing skills. Participants will learn basic elements of strong fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. The Writers’ Workshop approach will be used and participants are expected to give and receive constructive feedback.
Grammar Review for English Language Learners
Participants will review sentence structure and basic grammar. Students will also have an opportunity to write paragraphs and receive feedback on their problem areas. International students will find this practical class helpful