The art of writing exists beyond graded papers and science papers; it is a conveyance of ideas, an outlet for creativity, and written conversation. It is imperative that our children can write effectively in a world that relies on written communication. The ability to write well lends itself to a successful career, activism, and powerful communicative skills.

A strong writer is a practiced writer and reader. It is only through feedback and construction that a writer is born. Our program will enable a student to strengthen their voice through learning how to formulate a nuanced argument, control their tone, work on grammar, understand the skeleton of a strong essay, and edit essays. This program thrives in a workshop-based environment, where each student will write and receive feedback on multiple essays and creative pieces.

Participants learn to:

  • Develop creative writing skills
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Organize ideas and topics coherently
  • Refute and strengthen their own argument
  • Control and develop their tone
  • Work on grammar
  • Edit and peer-edit in a workshop-based environment

Grades: 6 - 8 :


  • Write and revise essays
  • Practice concepts introduced in class


  • Week 1: Crafting thesis statements & formulating arguments
  • Week 2: Drafting outlines: organization, topic sentences, hook, conclusions, evidence
  • Week 3: Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Transition, Vocabulary
  • Week 4: Editing, Peer Editing, Giving Constructive Feedback, Wordiness
  • Week 5: Workshop