Middle School Academic Writing Virtual Learning Studio

Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2020

Length: M-F, 1 week

Tuition: $300

Target Students: 12 middle school student writers per course offering

Instructor: Jillian Smith

The Middle School Academic Writing Virtual Learning Studio Camp is an exciting week-long academic writing exploration for middle schoolers. We want to make the writing process a successful one for your child. The Learning Studio therefore presents students with strategies that make writing easier and more accessible. Sentence by sentence, we break down how to write a high-quality essay in a way that works. We also share reading comprehension strategies so students understand how to read complex material in a way that’s engaging and effective. The Learning Studio is highly interactive, so be ready to learn!

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 also be a guest speaker to lend students insight into how academic writing translates into different career and life paths.

Our students will 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.comm

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