Foundations of Writing

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

The Foundations of Writing program comprises ten class sessions. Students will complete five writing assignments as they learn the techniques behind strong key word outlines. Nicole provides instruction and feedback on all of the students’ writing assignments. Students also participate in writer’s workshops.

Ages: 8 – 12

Time: Each class session is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 1:30.

Calendar: Finalized DatesTBA.

Features of the Writing Class

• 5 different creative fiction and nonfiction writing assignments.
• Grammar and stylistic instruction (students learn how to write key word outlines and organize their thoughts into strong sentences and paragraphs).
• Constructive editing process (Nicole gives handwritten feedback on all of the assignments and students also participate in writer’s workshops).
• In-class writing prompts and a variety of fun activities to help students fall in love with writing.

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 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.