At Options, our writing coaches head to the office each day with the aim of making students fall in love with poetry, short stories, and novels. They work hard to help students see the beauty in a certain turn of phrase or the power of articulating a complex idea. They love language, but they can also recognize that writing isn’t everyone’s passion. Still, when they hear their grade 12 students gleefully announce, “This is my last English class, and then I’m done with this stuff forever,” they have one answer: Not. So. Fast.
University, it turns out, involves quite a bit of writing, no matter the discipline. Students use writing to demonstrate their learning, communicate ideas, and engage with other voices in an academic conversation. “But,” some students will say, “I’m planning to study science!” Science needs strong writers. “I’m not going into English,” others will cry, “I’m pursuing business!” Business requires strong writers, too. In fact, writing effectively is a necessity both in university and in the career that follows it. Emails, proposals, reports, cover letters, memos, studies, business plans—writing is a central component of our working lives (not to mention our personal lives). Writing is more than putting a sentence on paper in a way that makes sense; it’s about wrestling with ideas and finding the best way to explain something, build an argument, or craft a compelling narrative. It’s about achieving the right tone in that peer edit of your classmate’s paper, in that letter delivering bad news, or in that super important marketing pitch. It’s about distilling your knowledge and experience into clear and accessible prose. It’s about finding the rhythm in your words, a fitting phrase, or an apt metaphor. It’s a deeply versatile skill, one we’d argue will still be in use even when robots have taken over the workforce.
So…writing isn’t going anywhere. Students need to be proficient writers to succeed in almost any field (professional athletes, fashion models, and musicians might get a pass). The good news is that we’re here to help! This summer, students heading to university in the fall should join us for our Intro to University Level Writing Workshop. Our writing coaches will share with students what to expect when they get to university, provide them with tips for writing, conducting research, and making the most of campus resources, and give them opportunities to practice writing at the university level.
July 16th & 17th – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm daily (West Vancouver)
August 20th & 21st – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm daily (South Granville)