Essay Writing Spring Break Camp
April 22 - 26 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
What is the difference between someone who is smart and someone who can translate smarts into success?
The ability to communicate.
What to expect in this course:
-First, we are going to learn how to get through the planning-stages of any project with minimal procrastination and self-doubt. We are going to learn the deceptively simple exercises that allow us to tap into that primal creativity which fuels even the most mundane projects.
-Second, we are going to learn how to shape our sentences and paragraphs for both beauty and strength.
-Third, we are going to learn the fine arts of editing and, perhaps more importantly, of peer-editing.
-Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, we will add a piece of finished work to students’ portfolios. We will give them the confidence of surviving such long haul. We have presented versions of this class a few times now, and each time the students have been proud of their accomplishment.
The students can choose from the following genres:
-a personal statement of the kind required on a high school or college application.
-an expository essay about an interesting event or person.
-a short memoir or autobiography.
The fire of self-expression is what separates the interesting from the uninteresting, but the rigors of the organization; the grammar of phrase, sentence, and paragraph, is what enables good ideas to take command respect and attention as good writing.