Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Want to Learn How to Write Effectively? Attend our Mastering the Essay Workshops!

Professors complain that their students lack them. Job postings nearly universally demand them.

We’re talking about strong communication skills.

Having the ability to express yourself clearly and expressively is essential in today’s world. All too often, however, high school students feel that their writing skills are lacking. They worry they won’t be able to handle the rigorous assignments of the university classroom or the communication tasks of their future careers. They even worry about their current classwork, often expressing doubt about their ability to write well and achieve the grades they need for college admission.

While becoming a skilled writer is definitely a process, the best way to get there is to start. Our “Write Well Workshops: Mastering the Essay” series begins in February and is designed to offer students productive ways of thinking about their writing journey and exercises to ease them into the practice of writing and editing. Our beliefs are these:

  • Knowing the rules allows you to more effectively play the (writing) game.
  • Good thinking and planning pave the way for good writing.
  • Drafts are essential.
  • Every essay–even every sentence–is a learning opportunity.
  • Sentences should be clear, concise, and accurate. Paragraphs should be coherent units made up of sentences that each build, brick by brick, upon the others. Essays should be linear and logical, flowing effortlessly from point to point.
  • Good writing takes time.

The workshops focus on three essential areas–Mechanics, Planning & Development, Academic Practice–and involve both theory and practice. Students will review the principles behind good writing, learn how to think through their ideas, conduct research, and plan their outlines, and practice what they’ve learned. We believe that learning how to write well is one of the best investments a student can make and that there’s no better time to start improving as a writer than the present.

Please refer to our calendar for a full list of dates available. To register for the sessions, please call the front desk at (604) 922-8456, or e-mail for more information.


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