Writers Lab

The Taft School

HumanitiesWritingCreative Writing

Watertown, CT


Jul 10 - Jul 21




Good writing skills are essential for college and any professional career. The two-week residential Writer’s Lab provides a deep and vibrant immersion for high school students seeking to focus on sharpening and polishing their ability to articulate clearly and effectively.

The Program
This two-week workshop affords intensive writing opportunities for high school students who are interested in rich and engaging experiences. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a chance to explore different modes of writing such as analytical, narrative, and creative. Through self-exploration and examinations of texts, students dive into the writing process and use discussion and reflection to shape their writing. Our faculty will work closely with students and provide hands-on instruction. Students will conference with peers and teachers as a means to polish their portfolios.

Formal and informal discussions are a staple of the course; students are charged with critically analyzing the text and incorporating newfound understandings into their own writing. Students will practice making arguments and supporting their ideas with textual evidence while they also review and practice various grammar rules, including composing clear and complete sentences, using appropriate punctuation, and coordinating subject, antecedent, and verb agreement.

Students leave this course with a more nuanced understanding of both analytical and creative writing techniques, rhetorical devices, and correct grammar as well as greater confidence in reading, thinking, and speaking critically about literature. At the conclusion of the session, students will create a final portfolio of their work, and parents will receive a report on the student's progress.

Summer 2023 Catalog => https://www.taftschool.org/summer/about/summer-school-catalog

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