Nonfiction Writing & Literature Analysis Course at the Academy

Note for returning students: Classes are updated for the spring with new writing assignments, activities for developing students’ stylistic skills, and in-depth grammar instruction!

This course focuses on improving students’ writing skills. We use curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing as a foundation for many of the writing assignments. Students study the essay-building process while also exploring some creative narrative nonfiction writing. They will learn to build strong sentences and develop strategies for organizing their thoughts into paragraphs and essays. The program’s mission is to instill in the students a life-long love of writing, giving them a strong foundation for communicating their thoughts clearly and effectively.

There will be ten class sessions, and students will write five essays. The instructor provides instruction and feedback on all of the students’ submitted writing assignments. Students also participate in writer’s workshops and critique each other’s writing.

Parents can choose to have students’ papers graded as well as critiqued.

Ages: 12 and up

Time: This class lasts for an hour and twenty minutes. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 1:45 – 3:05. This schedule is flexible, and the class can meet at a time convenient for all in the group.

Calendar: Finalized DatesTBA. Decided by group.

Features of the Nonfiction Writing Class

• 5 different literary analysis essays. We will be reading and discussing several classic works of literature, and students will learn how to format essays for college level English classes.
• Class lectures with in-depth grammar and stylistic instruction.
• Immediate feedback on first drafts during writer’s workshops (students critique each other’s writing.)
• Constructive editing process (Nicole reviews and returns each student’s rough draft during writer’s workshops with edits and comments.)
• Grades for final papers (Nicole reviews each student’s final draft, edits papers for grammar and style, and grades according to a grading rubric so students can see what areas they need to improve.)
• Impromptu Writing (Short creative writing prompts are given at the start of each class. Students write for fifteen minutes, and then share their work.)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Academy?

Inkwell Scholars exists to provide a community for passionate young thinkers, artists, dreamers, and innovators seeking to discover and hone their God-given talents and skills. Classes at the Academy provide these students with one-on-one training that will allow them to unlock their true potential, achieve academic excellence, and use those talents to impact the world.

Why Writing Classes?

The famous American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

We believe that if you want to impact the world, you must become a better writer. By becoming a better writer, you will become a better teacher and a better thinker. Writing well trains you to think logically and defend or persuade others to accept your beliefs. Good writing that is honest, refutes falsehood, and speaks truth can transform our world.

 Who Teaches the Writing Classes?

All of the class sessions are taught by Nicole Bianchi, the founder of Inkwell Scholars Academy.

Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from The King’s College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics. In high school, she scored a 5 on both the Advanced Placement English Literature exam and the English Language exam.

Throughout high school and college, her writing has won multiple awards. An essay Nicole wrote for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy competition placed 1st in New York State and 7th in the nation.

She was the Original Oratory champion two years in a row, the Persuasive Speech champion, and the Lincoln Douglas Debate & Speaker champion at the NCFCA Northeastern Regional Speech and Debate tournament. Nicole also competed in speech and debate on the national level and was a nationally ranked Impromptu speaker.

Her essay “Hope in the Face of Evil” placed second in the King’s College 2010 Interregnum Lecture competition and was published in the Interregnum Journal.

Nicole was also the grand prize winner in the Foundation for Economic Education Film Competition. She wrote, narrated, and produced a short documentary film on the history and causes of the Great Depression.