Expand your skills and enrich your writing life.
By this point in their school career, high school students may be motivated to look beyond their school English classes to expand their writing skills and more fully prepare them for what's ahead in life. We are offering a variety of workshops to help them master skills and reach goals before heading off to college and career. We offer workshops for students working on specific academic writing skills as well as students who want to write creatively.
In class, students read closely to see what the genre of focus entails and how other authors craft their work. They will then plan and write in a writers workshop format. All work is closely guided by the teacher in a low-stress environment that encourages creativity of thought and clarity of expression. In each workshop, students will work on one main project as well as other skill-specific smaller projects to build a deeper understanding of the genre and of writing skills and processes in general. As always, our focus is on creating a low-stress environment in which students can experiment, explore, and find their own unique voices.
From these workshops, parents and students can expect:
- experience reading and analyzing quality texts intended to inform and inspire students' own writing
- direct instruction in good writing technique, including organization, word choice, voice and style, cohesion, etc.
- support of a writer's community through the writing process
- freedom to choose writing topics that interest them
- full guidance from their teacher through the writing process
- direct instruction in grammar and mechanics
- fully guided editing and revision with 1-to-1 instruction in individual areas of need
- opportunities to publish writing or to share writing with a variety of audiences
We look forward to helping your high schooler reach their writing goals!
You're growing up, and so are your communication needs. In this workshop, students will practice some types of writing that will be necessary as they take the next big steps in life, such as application essays, resumes, letters, presentations, and professional emails. Exposure and experience makes some of the most taxing writing a breeze and takes some the pressure off!
Thursdays, August 27-October 1
Saturdays, August 29-October 3
Knowing how to speak effectively in front of an audience is an important life skill. Doing it confidently and with poise can be difficult. In this class, we will work to develop skills in creating engaging content for speeches, as well as skills in speech delivery. Students will write and deliver several short speeches of different types, as well one longer speech or presentation. It won't be scary, don't worry!
Thursdays, October 15-November 19
Saturdays, October 17-November 21
Photographs are so powerful - at just a glance, they can tell stories, stir emotions, and give a wealth of information. In this workshop, students will use found images and create their own photographic images using basic composition principles and tech tools. They will then look deep into their pictures to find reflections, narratives, and poetry, and create a journal of photos and writing.
*Students should bring their own phones or cameras if they have them, but we will have some available to use*
Thursdays, December 3-January 21
Saturdays, December 5-January 23
(This session includes winter break, December 19-January 3)
Put your writing into a totally new format with podcasts! Podcasts are digitally recorded audio files that can be downloaded from the internet by listeners. In this workshop, students decide if they would like to create informational, entertaining, or persuasive programs, and choose their own topics. Then, they research, write scripts, record, edit, and publish their podcasts for audiences everywhere. If you like sound, engineering, and tech, this is a great workshop for you!
Thursdays, February 4-March 11
Saturdays, February 6-March 13
Have you ever heard of a tragicomedy? How about docufiction, or dark fantasy, or Weird West? All of these are mixes of the main genres of fiction that lend a new and fresh take on the common forms. In this workshop, students will learn about the characteristics of different genres and decide how to select and combine elements to make new stories. We will then develop characters and put them in conflict in order to develop a plot that showcases their imaginations and story writing skills. We will publish student stories in an online anthology.
Thursdays, March 18-April 29
Saturdays, March 20-May 1
(This session includes spring break, March 27-April 4)
What are the life experiences that have shaped you? How are the people who have taught you? What do you really and truly think and feel? This workshop is all about exploration and introspection - dig into your your past, define your present, and record your hopes for the future. Students will write a variety of pieces all about themselves and their lives, including stories, poetry, letters, personal essays, and more.
Thursdays, May 6-June 10
Saturdays, May 8-June 12
Are you a homeschooling family? Bring your high school student to our writers' community to learn the core writing skills and structures for high school. Our workshops help students stay on track with what a traditional student learns and produces in a standard English composition class.
Academic writing requires students to not only know how to construct and compose a standard five-paragraph essay but also to think critically. In this workshop, students will learn how to create hooks that engage their readers, write a 3 point thesis, and craft an essay that flows with proper organization and voice.
Wednesdays, August 26-September 30
Does your student daydream about writing their own stories or want to learn how to craft a short story? This workshop provides a supportive, creative environment where students can compose stories from their imaginations. Students will write and revise short stories.
Wednesdays, October 14-November 18
Learning how to write your own story is an important skill. College essays & scholarships require students to recount memories from their past. Students will learn the skills professionals use to craft personal narratives and will get a chance to apply those same skills to their own written texts.
Wednesdays, December 2-January 20
1:00-2:30 (no class December 23 and December 30 - winter break)
In this data-driven, evidence-based society, it is essential that students know how to investigate, write, and format a research paper correctly. Since most English classes require MLA formatting, this workshop teaches students how to write a research paper and properly cite it using MLA formatting.
Wednesdays, February 3-March 10
For some students analysis can seem like it will lead to paralysis. During this workshop, students will learn how to analyze literature and how to compose essays describing their analysis. They will read some short stories, analyze them, and then write a literary analysis essay.
Wednesdays, March 17-April 28
1:00-2:30 (no class March 31 - spring break)
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Workshops fill quickly. Please register as soon as possible for any and all workshops you would like your child to attend.
If your child will miss more than one of the classes in a workshop due to his or her previously scheduled activities/events, please select a different workshop.
All workshops are $160 for six 90-minute classes.
You will receive an invoice before the workshop begins. Without exception, if payment is not received by the invoice due date, your child will be removed from the workshop so that we may add a student from the wait list.
If payment is a hardship that will prevent your child from attending classes or workshops at Young Writers Institute, please contact us. We can find a solution!
Thank you! We look forward to working with your child.