High School Academic Writing Learning Salon

Monday, July 8-Friday,  July 12, 2019

Length: M-F, 1 week

Tuition: $400

Target Students: 20 high school student writers per course offering

Instructor: Leslie Quigless will create all teaching materials.

Whatever life paths our high school student writers choose, we want them to be
able to communicate those thoughts clearly.

The High School Academic Writing Learning Salon is provides a natural practicing ground for students to strengthen their analytical and written communication skills. We believe there is no better training ground for superior writing (and mental organization) skills than mastery of the essay. One’s ability to write a basic but excellent five-paragraph  essay indicates an ability, present or eventual, to convey far more intricate, sophisticated ideas. Within the Learning Salon, students therefore make rich meaning of interesting text, contemplate complex ideas, and then learn how to write about those ideas concisely and clearly within classic essay structure.

Certified reading and writing instructors model research-based reading strategies and practice discussion, speaking, and writing exercises with the students, cultivating their capacity to disseminate complex, multilayered themes with simplicity and even elegance.

We have created a learning experience students will want to attend each day, and although each day is highly structured to ensure maximal effectiveness, no two days are exactly the same. We attend educational field trips our students are guaranteed to enjoy, and we also make time each day for team-building activities that allow the students to get to know each other and form a genuine learning community that is supportive and encouraging of each member.

The Learning Salon truly is a unique experience. Our students go home and have something new to teach their families every day!

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Limited scholarships available; apply early.


Contact Leslie Quigless at lquigless@gmail.com

About the Instructor


Leslie Quigless is a writer and writing teacher who has taught literature and creative writing courses in New York, Brazil, and, most recently within Emory University's Continuing Education program.

She received a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds two master-level degrees in education from New York University and Harvard University. She is the founder of the Atlanta Young Writers Institute and Now I Get It! Tutoring Services and has been able to coach amazing students from across Atlanta individually and via summer programs in the art of storytelling as well as the skill of academic writing. She is working on her second novel.

Tentative Daily Schedule

8:45-9:00 a.m. Drop off
9:00-10:00 a.m. Writing Workshop #1
10:00-11:00 a.m. Academic Writing Conferences
11:00-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Master Class with Guest Professional Writer;  Field Trip; and/or Reading Comprehension Workshop
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-2:30 p.m. Independent Writing Time
2:30-3:00 p.m. Writing Workshop #2
3:00-3:45 p.m. Whole Group Essay Critique
3:45-4:00 p.m. Reflection: Brief for tomorrow's day, dismissal