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Writing Effectively
with Clarity, Precision, and Conciseness

At its core, writing is communication. Many teenagers have plenty of thoughts in their head but struggle with how to communicate them effectively. Others may not feel they have any “good ideas” for writing. Still others may already be good writers but welcome the chance to further polish their skills.


All are welcome in this class.


Writing Effectively will cover

  •  Brainstorming ideas

  •  Organizing thoughts

  • Word choice for precision, clarity, and effectiveness

  • Various types of writing (and when to use each) 

    • Descriptive writing

    • Narrative writing (storytelling)

    • Informative or expository writing (often, the school essay.

    • Persuasive writing 

  • Editing, revising, and proofreading

    • Rewriting a rough draft

    • How editing, revising, and proofreading differ

    • Grammar, punctuation, spelling

    • Style, tone, voice

    • How to lengthen a work that is too short without “padding” 

    • How to shorten a paper that is too long



Students’ writing speeds will vary, but the goal is to learn writing by practicing writing and practicing a lot. Most weeks will have roughly 3-3 ½ hours' worth of homework.

Credit: ½ credit for English/composition. Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student. The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.


Fall, 2022



$135 Per Student

*Plus insurance and facilities fee.

See Registration page for details.


Texts Supplied by Student:

*Any edition is fine

Students should also have a folder or binder to keep handouts and plenty of paper. 

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