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Camp session: Writing for Contests: Grades 7-8 (Focus Learning Academic Centre)

Writing for Contests: Grades 7-8

By: Focus Learning Academic Centre

Focus Learning Academic Centre

About this Program:

  • Virtual program
  • Age 12 - 13 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Academic/Tutoring (multi), offers 8 activities
  • 1 session date to choose from
  • Cost starting from $720
  • Special needs support not available


About this course

Writing for Contests is a creative and transactional writing course where the in-class activities and projects are written to participate in writing contests from all over the world. Students will write short stories, poetry, essays and articles with the chance of winning prizes and being published in renowned publications!

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, students will review and practice literary techniques to prepare them for 4 unique writing contests. Students will learn about literary fiction (story structure, character- and world-building, vocabulary and voice), transactional nonfiction (writing to purpose, paragraphing and formatting), and poetry (imagery, figurative language, theme). Students will have participated in 4 writing contests:  

  • September/October: New York Times Personal Narrative Contest
  • November: Polar Expressions Poetry and Short Story Contest
  • December: New York Times Review Contest
  • January: New York Times Profile Contest

Each lesson will begin with a five-minute warmup to situate the students with the main ideas of the lesson. Throughout the following hour, the students will be given a variety of resources, examples, lectures and activities to help them accomplish their main project for the month. As this is a writing course, a significant amount of time, usually toward the end of the lesson, is used for independent writing tasks with a review and a discussion of their progress to close.  

Materials & Homework

  • All students should be fully literate in the English language at the appropriate curriculum level for their current academic year.
  • All students must use a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs and be able to submit their homework in .doc or .docx format to Teams.

Character Development: This program helps build the following traits

  • Creativity: Interest and pleasure in exploring creative potential. Tendency to see novel solutions to problems.
  • Resilience: Ability to handle setbacks and adversity—to maintain an optimistic, proactive orientation when under duress. Willingness to take on challenges.

Session Dates and Rates:

Sep 20. '21 - Jan 31. '22
Virtual Program,

18:20 - 19:50


Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive

Creative writing
Instructor lead (group)
Instructor lead (one on one)
Language Instruction
Public Speaking
Recreational       Instructional       Intense or Competitive

Learn skills to enter in writing contests
Learn techniques and skills necessary to participate in writing contests with the chance of being published or winning prizes


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This program, Writing for Contests: Grades 7-8, is offered by Focus Learning Academic Centre.

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Contact name:
Shelly Zheng

Phone number:
(416) 519-3285

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