Online Young Writer’s Enrichment Institute

July 13-24, 2020

Early Work: Writing Sample to be submitted by June 30.

Daily Schedule

  • Morning: 10-11am
  • Afternoon: 1-2pm
  • Individual Daily Conferences of 10 minutes (morning, afternoon, evening depending on availability)
  • Live sessions will provide instruction on writing, literary analysis, or group work (e.g. peer editing).
  • Conferences will discuss organizational strategies, written work, and areas for improvement. Conferences will start from the onset to discuss the writing samples.
  • Students will be able to try out different genres (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, etc) over the course of the session.

Instructors: Eileen Bouffard

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020

Registration Cost: $1,250

Registration Instructions: Please contact for information about any remaining course availability. 

Course Description

The WRITING element of the course places emphasis on a review of grammatical principles, and particular attention is paid to effective application of coordination and subordination and to correcting common sentence errors. Concurrently, students learn to write focused, purposefully developed expository paragraphs. Time is also spent approaching the various steps of the writing process, including brainstorming to generate ideas, selecting appropriate organizational strategies, outlining, and revising and editing a rough draft in order to produce a polished expression.

During the READING portion, emphasis is placed on reading fluency, comprehension, and building vocabulary. Students read a selection of short stories and integrate the various reading skills to build a deeper understanding of the stories. Seminar-style class discussions stress the critical approach to literature; in these discussions, students learn about the elements of fiction as they learn to read closely and carefully. To complement this endeavor, students regularly write short paragraphs in which they closely analyze passages from their readings and continue to build reading comprehension and writing skills.

The goal of the STUDY SKILLS component is to boost students’ academic performance by teaching effective time management, organizational, and study habits. Students will learn how to set goals, make choices, and establish priorities. The course focuses on different styles of learning, methods for planning and managing time, and on how to utilize resources at the library. The course will also discuss strategies to minimize social media distractions.

The Taft Summer School reserves the right to cancel a course that fails to meet the required minimum enrollment. Refunds will be issued in the event of such a cancellation.

Summer 2020 Instructor

Eileen Bouffard

Eileen Bouffard

Class of 1998
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-945-7804