Summer Institute Classes

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Summer Institute classes are offered to students in all school settings looking to hone their writing skills. They are for the creative writer looking for additional outlets, or for the struggling writer hoping to increase writing proficiency. These classes would not meet the requirements in most states as a full English credit, but could be used as a portion of an elective or part of a larger year-long program.


Successful Standardized Essays

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 15 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to improve their expository writing skills, particularly in writing a strong thesis and organizing a well-developed nonfiction essay. Students will get practice in thesis writing, developing strong outlines, and creating full length essays. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.

Grammar: Building Blocks

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-10. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $99
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Stephanie Constantino

This class is intended as an introduction or refresher course in the basics of grammar. The weekly topics include: parts of speech, clauses & phrases, building a sentence, and paragraph structure. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST. ESL students welcome!

Registration is currently closed.

Grammar: Punctuation

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $99
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Stephanie Constantino

This class is a helpful one to get a handle on all types of punctuation! The weekly topics include: commas, semicolons, apostrophes, in-text citations, and dialogue punctuation. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST. ESL students welcome!

Registration is currently closed.

WFTH Skills Refresher

Eligible students: WFTH students in grades 6-12.
Prerequisite: At least one Write from the Heart annual class
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $99
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Stephanie Constantino

This class is a great refresher of all the skills learned in our annual Write from the Heart classes. The weekly topics include: sentence errors, punctuation, transitions, and voice. Note: All sessions contain the same materials and are not progressive. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.

Creative Writing Strategies Session A

Eligible students: Students in grades 7-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 15 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to improve their creative writing skills. Students will get practice in several shorter writing activities and generate some ideas, then write some short fiction pieces. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.

Creative Writing Strategies Session B

Eligible students: Students in grades 7-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 15 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to improve their creative writing skills. Students will get practice in several shorter writing activities and generate some ideas, then write some short fiction pieces. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.

College Admissions Essay Workshop

Eligible students: Students in grades 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $150
Class size limit: 10 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended to help students applying to college produce a high quality essay for scholarships and college admissions. The focus of the class will be the Common Application essay prompt, but students who would like to work on different prompts are welcome to do workshop those instead. The class will cover what admissions officers are looking for, how to strengthen your voice and highlight your achievements, and tightening writing to meet the word limit requirements. Students will be expected to interact asynchronously with each other, and there will be deadlines on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY at midnight, EST every week. Students will emerge from this class with a completed essay for college applications. This class can be taken multiple times if a student would like to workshop more than one essay.

Registration is currently closed.

Poetry Workshop

Eligible students: Students in grades 6-12. Public and homeschool students welcome.
Prerequisite: None
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $125
Class size limit: 20 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to learn and practice writing poetry. Each week, students will learn about a type of poetry and write their own in that style. Students will need to be committed to conference weekly on their peers’ work. They will also receive feedback from the instructor. By the end of the course, students will have a collection of 10-25 poems. These would be ready to submit to fall contests, including Scholastic, if the student desired. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.

Scholastic Writing Portfolio Preparation

Eligible students: Students who are beginning their senior year—must be graduating in 2018.
Prerequisite: A completed (or near completed) collection of 3-8 works for the portfolio
Dates: June 3, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
Cost: $150
Class size limit: 15 students
Instructor: Veldorah Rice

This class is intended for students who would like to submit a writing portfolio to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. The writing portfolio is an opportunity for students to show off the voice and creativity they have developed throughout their high school career. Winners receive monetary awards. The portfolio needs to include 8 works of fiction or nonfiction and a writer’s statement. Students will work directly with the instructor to select and revise the works for the portfolio as well as draft and revise the writer’s statement. One or two additional works could be created in the workshop as well, if necessary. Assignments will be weekly, due each Friday at midnight, EST.

Registration is currently closed.