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Writing for Novices


  • What? Writing for Novices is designed for the younger student, who has not quite entered the world of formal writing or who needs help developing more independence for such tasks. Weekly assignments focus on one-paragraph compositions, which summarize other sources, including fiction and non-fiction selections. While the the classes focus on developing formal writing, imagination and creativity are close at hand, as students tackle the fun and engaging assignments. In addition,students focus on such critical thinking skills as identifying key words, summarizing target passages, and enhancing stylistic techniques with cumulative challenges. Our focus on paragraph writing assumes that students can write sentences. If this is still a challenge, it might boost their progress to take this class with parental help. Many younger students find the manual challenges of writing an obstacle. Dictation and extensive parent help are encouraged. Parents are welcomed to sit in on the class.

  • Where? On-line options are open on an on-going basis. Past sessions of in-house classes have been held in Acton, Concord, and Newton, MA. If you are interested in hosting a class in your area--and if you live within 60 miles of Concord, MA (summer) or within 30 miles of Concord during the school year--view the HowToHostAWritewellClass and discover the financial benefits to host families.

  • When? On-line registrations are accepted throughout the year. Final plans for in-house classes are in process.

  • How? To register, email me directly at barwhitlock@gmail.com to determine availability and then download and mail the registration form with check to Barbara Whitlock by clicking on RegistrationForm. Each six week session costs $100.

  • Why? To help your child learn how to write well from the start! The techniques employed take the guesswork out of writing. Students are given precise models, exact criteria, and specific tasks which eliminate the "blank page" syndrome, surprising all with rapid results.

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