High School Academic Writing Virtual Learning Salon

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10, 2020

Length: M-F, 1 week

Tuition: $300

Target Students: 15 high school student writers per course offering

Instructor: Jillian Smith

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 Virtual Learning Salon 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 meanings of interesting text, contemplate complex ideas, and then learn how to write about those ideas concisely and clearly within classic essay structure.

Our instructor will 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 will attend an educational, virtual field trip students are sure to enjoy, and we will also make time 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. In addition, there will be a guest speaker to lend students insight into how academic writing translates into different career and life paths.
The Learning Salon truly is a unique experience. Our students go home and have something new to teach their families every day!

What technology is required?
Each participant should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a built-in microphone and webcam and reliable internet access.

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Limited scholarships available; apply early.


Contact Jillian Smith at jilliankoop@gmail.com

About the Instructor


Jillian Smith is a writer and teacher with a passion for helping young writers embrace the challenges of their craft. She has thirteen years of teaching experience at the college, high school and middle school levels, and has taught a range of subjects including literature, creative writing, composition, history, and design.

Trained in critical thinking, creative and academic writing, and learner-centered instruction, Jillian offers students a dynamic, interactive learning environment. She was awarded Educator of the Year at Georgia Military College in 2017 and also served as founder and adviser for the campus Literary magazine, Essayons. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Poetry at Georgia State University, where she teaches composition. She received an English degree from Penn State University and a Masters in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and also tutors students throughout the greater Atlanta area.

Tentative Daily Schedule

8:45-9:00 a.m. Zoom Check-in waiting area
9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Writing workshops, conferences, independent writing time, whole group essay critique (activities will vary and rotate throughout the week).
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m Break
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Continuation of Workshop
11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Continuation of Workshop
12:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m Reflection; Brief for next day