Although it seems impossible, summer is just around the corner. Parents face the challenge of reconciling a welcome break from the structure of school with a desire for their kids’ brains to not totally atrophy during the many weeks of vacation. If you are looking for something convenient, fun, educational, and interesting for your middle school or high school teen to do this summer, consider the exciting offerings from the Teen Writing Circle.
Local writer and former middle school teacher Trish Rohr has created Teen Writing Circle to help teens find their unique voice – and use it. Rohr, whose compelling essays have appeared on The Kindness Blog and Huffington Post, believes that the writing process can help teens observe, absorb, and process the world around them. In school, often students must sacrifice the pleasurable and fulfilling creative energy possible with writing in favor of correct form and an academic focus. This unfortunate squelching of the teen voice comes at a time when that expression could be most useful while navigating the emotional and physical minefield that is adolescence.
In addition to personally empowering and cathartic benefits, the ability to write well is a skill that is necessary for success on multiple fronts throughout all of life. Teen Writing Circle helps teens to cultivate a daily writing practice that will inspire and motivate them to become better thinkers and communicators.
Teen Writing Circle’s creative non-fiction writing courses are available for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. Workshops run for two weeks and include topics like blogging, persuasive writing, and writing college essays. All work and instruction occurs online, making them exceptionally manageable and expedient.
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Bess Kercher is in a writing group with Trish Rohr and has observed her brilliance firsthand. Bess explores the reality of motherhood in her MomsCharlotte blog "A Few Good Moms...Can You Handle the Truth?" You can read more of her writing at www.maemucho.com.