High School Essay Writing Workshop

Road to High School Essay Writing Workshops

A one-week writing workshop for incoming 9th and 10th graders featuring hands-on, accessible instruction on how to
 author logical, clear, compelling essays.

Taught by a published, tenured Palo Alto High School English teacher, the High School Essay Writing Workshop is a one-week, hands-on, interactive course designed to give your son or daughter a clear understanding of the steps required for writing essays that make sense and earn high marks.  

Attendees will master how to think through and write:

  • a concise and targeted thesis statement
  • the opening argument
  • the perfect paragraph
  • analysis that moves beyond plot summary and includes a close reading of literary devices
  • logical, grammatically-correct sentences

The instructor will provide a variety of handouts and in-depth assessments of each student’s writing.  By the end of the workshop, all attendees will have brainstormed, outlined, drafted and revised a all elements of a five-paragraph analystical essay. 

Dates: June 19-23 or July 10-14, 2017.   Five half-day classes.
Location: Palo Alto High School


Class A:    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Morning)
Class B:    12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Afternoon)


Note:  Enrolled students must have earned a “C” or better in 8th or 9th grade English.  Attendees will also require regular access to the Internet and must commit at least one hour per day for homework assignments.   Students may not attend multiple sessions. 

$595 per session (before the end of April)
$695 per session (May 1 or later)

Instructor: Lucy Filppu, English Teacher, Palo Alto High School
Contact: pawritingacademy@gmail.com