Structured Writing or Writer’s Workshop

Grades: 8th – 12th

The goal is to develop confident writers by providing formulas that work, using color-coding.  This summer course is especially helpful for Starting Points, Turning Points in Western Thought, or other world view courses!

Concrete and systematic, this teaches structures within fully-developed body paragraph so that students can actually see if they are providing enough support and if they are staying on-topic within various types of paragraphs—narrative, time order, space order, informative and persuasive paragraphs.

Weekly homework:  a short essay per week on an area of personal interest!  Prompts provided.

Parental involvement is suggested to assist in proofreading for mechanical errors only.  Parents are encouraged to sit in the first 40 minutes of the first class!

Material Fee: $15

Textbook: Strongly recommended but optional (see except below)

Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day (Better English Series) Paperback – September 15, 2002 – ISBN 978-1564146267

Teacher will provide copies of material


Day:  Mondays or Wednesdays in Richardson; Tuesday or Thursdays in Rowlett

Times:  12:45 – 2:15  Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays, Richardson

                1:00 – 2:30 Rowlett, Tuesdays

Dates:  Week of June 5 – Week of July 24, 2017

Cost of 7 week course:  $90   

Cost of Writing Workshop only: $36

  • For those who choose only the first 2 classes in preparation for Starting Points, Turning Points, Middle (the first 2 weeks)


From the author of Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day:

“For more than 25 years, I have taught college and university students of all levels how to write. . . .The greatest weakness I have found–and this weakness grows more pronounced each year–is the inability to punctuate sentences correctly. . . Little commas, semicolons, periods, dashes, and apostrophes or small markings, certainly. However they are essential to clear writing. . . . We care about punctuation because without it people cannot communicate clearly. Clear, precise communication is the end game of all writing.

“Without the guides a proper punctuation, rightful heirs have failed to claim their inheritance because the lawyer put a comma in the wrong place in a will.”