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Writing for Contests: Grades 6-7

Run by Focus Learning Academic Centre

About this Virtual Program

  • Virtual Program
  • Age 11 - 12 (Coed)
  • Specialized in Academic/Tutoring (multi) and Writing—offers 8 activities
  • 0 session dates to choose from
  • Cost starting from $720
  • Special needs support not available  

This program is designed to build the following character traits:

  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to understand the emotions and behaviours of others, and to respond accordingly. Ability to compromise and listen. Communication skills. Leadership.
  • Curiosity: Love of learning. Intellectual engagement. Enthusiasm for experiencing the world. Proclivity to develop passions and interests.

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 several 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:  

January: The New York Times Profile Contest

February: The New York Times STEM Writing Contest

March: The New York Times Editorial Contest

April: Poem In Your Pocket Day

May & June: TBD

Each lesson will begin with a five-minute warmup to situate the students with the main ideas of the lesson. Throughout the following hour and a half, 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.
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Session Dates and Rates

Date TBD
Virtual Program,

Time TBD
Cost TBD


  Recreational         Instructional      
  Intense or Competitive

  Creative writing
  Instructor lead (group)
  Instructor lead (one on one)
  Language Instruction
  Public Speaking


Writing for Contests: Grades 6-7 is run by Focus Learning Academic Centre.

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