Summer

Speaking and Writing for College

 
Communicating one’s ideas clearly and powerfully is a life-long challenge and can be a life-long joy.  Communicating one’s aspirations to a college is a necessary part of the application process.  Make great strides in both endeavors by participating in West Nottingham’s Communications Clinic on Speaking and Writing for College. Enjoy a week of engagement and encouragement with WNA’s chairs of the English and history departments, both of whom have taught writing at universities and have been at WNA for many years. Experience our bucolic campus as we hone the ideas we want to share into powerful oral presentations and ever-improving essays suitable for your college applications. Learn the practical communication skills that can help your creativity shine while developing the ability to analyze the work of your peers in a supportive and productive manner.

Tentative Schedule:
7:15-8 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30-11 a.m. - Classroom work
11:15 a.m.-noon - Lunch
12:30-3:30 p.m. - Classroom work
3:45 p.m. - Day students depart
4-5 p.m. - Independent work time
5:15-6 p.m. - Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m. - Evening activity
 
Supplies Needed:
Laptop in good working condition
Notebook
Pen/pencil

Monday:
Learn the valuable art of public speaking by studying examples, tackling a new subject, and preparing your own presentation for your peers. Study the rhetorical elements of posture, tone, pacing, organization, and emphasis to captivate your audience. Learn when to use visuals, when not to use them, and how to present them in the most engaging ways possible. Enjoy the confidence that comes with practice and positive peer feedback. We finish with finding our topics for a prepared speech on Wednesday.
 
Tuesday: What to write? How to write it? Spend the day developing meaningful ways to brainstorm an idea, clarifying the steps of organizing the brainstorm, and sharpening a thesis or story for your finished essay. Explore the distinctions between informative and persuasive essays, and work on how to write both. Read some excellent models of different kinds of essays and share your ideas and experiences in preparation of writing your own essays.
 
Wednesday: Putting Monday’s study into practice! Give your presentation and work with your peers to analyze and grow your effectiveness as a speaker. Learn the ways to critique a presentation, not a presenter, and use such comments to improve your work. Review each other’s use of presentation imagery to improve your attention to detail and to give your presentation the greatest possible impact.
 
Thursday: Organizing an oral presentation is organizing an essay. Bring the skills of the previous three days together to start your essay. Develop an attention to observation, careful reading, and precise writing. Review the writing process with a focus on how to approach a college essay, including drafting a college essay.
 
Friday: Share, workshop, review, and improve! Enjoy the culmination of your week’s work by sharing your written work with peers and teachers and enhance your ability to employ the skills of critiquing the writing, not the writer. Leave with an advanced draft of your college essay and with a richer sense of the powers of good communication!
Communications Clinic: Speaking and Writing for College
Aug. 5-9
(Boarders arrive Aug. 4.)
Ages 15-19

$1,450 for boarding
$950 for day

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Questions?  Please contact Sasha Skulsky.

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