14 yrs and up , $300.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: Intro to High School Writing
(If an interested student can demonstrate sufficient writing ability at a high school level, they can contact Nicole Noster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for a possible exemption from the prerequisite.)

Sharpen the sword of your thought and make it clear, strategic, and effective! Writing an essay is so much more than cover pages and footnotes – it's the process of bringing truth to life in ink on the page! This simple, hands-on course demystifies the essay-writing process, walking students through the mechanics of writing argumentative, research, personal, and literary essays in a practical way. Students complete a writing assignment every week and study stellar examples of great writing to inspire their own work. They meet in class with other students to discuss the writing process, and receive a short private tutorial time weekly with the tutor.

Format for Paper Submissions

The Elements of Style


WEEK 1: Strong Thesis Statements, Pt. 1
(Write several strong theses)
The Cynic: Can't We Be Cynical About Cynicism? (Peter Kreeft, The Journey: A Spiritual Roadmap for Modern Pilgrims, Chapter Three)
Argument (The Writing Centre at UNC-Chapel Hill)
Writing a Thesis and Making an Argument (The University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

WEEK 2: Strong Thesis Statements, Pt. 2 (Write a mock Summa article)
Tips for Reading Summa Articles
Three Articles from The Summa Theologica (Whether All Vows Are Binding, Whether There Is a Sin in Lack of Mirth, Whether the Fellowship of Friends is Necessary for Happiness – Thomas Aquinas)
What is a Good Argument? (Fayetteville State University)

WEEK 3: Outlines & The Body Paragraphs (Write the body paragraphs and the outline of a short argumentative essay)
The Son of Prophecy: Henry VII and the Imaginary Triumph of the Welsh
Body Paragraphs (AIMS Community College Online Writing Lab)
Paragraph Length (AIMS Community College Online Writing Lab)
Topic Sentences (AIMS Community College Online Writing Lab)
Transitions (AIMS Community College Online Writing Lab)
Writing an Outline (Austin Community College)

WEEK 4: Introduction & Conclusion Paragraphs (Write a strong introduction and conclusion to the argumentative essay; revise the body paragraphs)
The Good Schoolmaster by Thomas Fuller
Introductions (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Writing Centre)
Conclusions (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Writing Centre)

WEEK 5: Understanding Research and Proper Citation, Part 1 (Research a topic, create a thesis, and write an annotated bibliography)
How to Evaluate Information Resources (Memorial University)
How to Evaluate Web Pages (Memorial University)

You do not need to read the following references for class, but you will find them helpful for knowing how write citations for your upcoming assignments.
Citing a Book (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing a Periodical (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing a Web Source (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
Citing an Interview or Personal Communication (CMS) (Purdue Writing Lab)
How to Cite the Bible (EasyBib, Chegg)

WEEK 6: Understanding Research and Proper Citation, Part 2 (Finish research and write an essay including all of the elements covered)
Excerpts from The Epigrams (Martial)
A Bitter Penance (Forbes)
Plagiarism – What It Is and How to Avoid It (Indiana University Bloomington)

WEEK 7: The Compare & Contrast Essay (Write a compare & contrast essay)
This week you must read two accounts of King Arthur's death. The situation is this – Mordred, King Arthur's villainous son, has come to to challenge his father in battle with a great army.
Le Morte d'Arthur: The Death of Arthur (Thomas Malory)
Idylls of the King: The Death of Arthur (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Comparing and Contrasting (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Centre)

(The following are references for APA style formatting. You do not need to read every word through for class, but you should reference them and be familiar with the style guidelines as you work on your essays in the next couple of weeks.)
Formatting an Essay in APA Style
Creating a References List in APA Style
Citing Sources in the Text in APA Style

WEEK 8: The Expository Essay (Write an expository essay)
The Music of the Spheres, or the Metaphysics of Music (Robert R. Reilly)
Understanding Assignments (UNC Chapel Hill Writing Centre)

WEEK 9: Literary Analysis (Write a literary analysis)
Excerpt from The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
The Color of a Thread (Tapestry of Grace)
Writing About Literature (Fiction) (UNC Chapel Hill)

The following links do not need to be read through for class, but you should refer to them when working on your essays in the next couple of weeks.
MLA: Formatting Papers
MLA: Citation Guide

WEEK 10: The Cause & Effect Essay (Write a cause & effect essay)
Cause and Effect Essay (EssayInfo Writing Guides)
Slippery Slope Fallacy (The Nizkor Project)
Post Hoc Fallacy (Fallacy Files)
Spurious Correlations (Tyler Vigen)

WEEK 11: The Personal Essay (Write a personal essay)
Three Essays by G. K. Chesterton

WEEK 12: Essay Synthesis, Part 1 (Write a paper proposal, proposed bibliography, and begin research)
Why I Love Writing Essays  (Emilio Chloum)
Free Trade vs. Protection in Literature  (Samuel McChord Crothers)
Example Essay Proposal

WEEK 13: Essay Synthesis, Part 2 (Write a paper outline and a rough draft)
The White Rose, A Lesson in Dissent (Jacob G. Hornberger, Jewish Virtual Library)
The Fourth and Sixth Leaflets (The White Rose Society, 1943)

WEEK 14: Essay Synthesis, Part 3 (Finish final draft of paper)
Revision Checklist 1 (Writing Centre at UNC Chapel Hill)
Revision Checklist 2 (Centre for Writing, University of Minnesota)