This course provides opportunities for students to strengthen their writing skills by working in their choice of genre, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and the academic essay. Through the writing process, students take on a series of challenges designed to improve their written expression on the word, sentence and paragraph level. They receive ample feedback on their work and participate in peer reviews. Because strong readers make strong writers, students also draw inspiration from a series of short reading assignments and their own independent reading books. With parental permission, students enrolled in this course may prepare their work for submission to writing competitions and student literary journals.