High School and Beyond
Summer Workshop Series


Uplift Writing is hosting a summer workshop series for high school students. These classes are designed and taught by Dylan Medina, a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Dylan, an avid writer and teacher at Seattle University, remembers when he too struggled to put thoughts into writing. In overcoming this, he has developed skills to unlock the potential lying in every student from those struggling to just get started to more advanced writers looking to apply their skills in specific genres.

All classes run M-F 4-7pm (includes a 30 min break) $475. Sign Up Here
*Sessions dependent on sufficient enrollment*

June 25-29 - Unpacking! 

Lots of clever young writers struggle to get their ideas on paper. Part of this is because they think quickly, and their ideas often get compressed when writing. As a result, teachers think the writing is incomplete, rushed, or hard to understand. In this class, students will work through activities that will help them unpack their ideas so their brilliant thoughts are clear to their readers. They will learn to assess what is not enough information, what is too much, and what is just right for their audience. This is a practical class and students will walk away with techniques and strategies for revising their writing.

July 9-13 - Essay Writing for the College Bound
Sharpen your essay writing skills, get a head start on your college essays for fall, or just find the keys to your inner voice. This weeklong class will cover potential essay prompts and the writing process from organization to final editing. We will dissect sample essays written by current college students and examine how to apply those techniques to craft your own essays. This class is designed for rising juniors, seniors, and students entering their first year of college.

July 23-27 - What the h*ck is this asking me to do?
We all know that getting good grades on writing means figuring out what the teacher wants. Unfortunately, that's not always clear in the writing prompt. Students in this weeklong class will become stars at reading writing prompts and figuring out what the teacher is looking for. We start by looking at prompts from different subjects. After we analyze the prompt for the key words and phrases that ask the student to write, we'll develop writing plans to respond. Students will leave with a number of strategies for interpreting writing prompts, and planning and producing writing that works.

Aug 6-10 - The Antidote
Propaganda, media bias, and advertisements are everywhere. It's hard to know what to believe, and even harder to avoid being compelled by some sort of propaganda or another. Students in this class will learn to identify the rhetorical strategies that propaganda is using. They will then assess how the messaging is attempting to influence them and learn to resist or at least become aware of how it is doing so. We'll be using live samples from across the political and social spectrum. Students will leave the course more resistant to the various messages bombarding them.

Aug 13-17 - Hacking First Year Composition
Nearly every university student at some point has to take the much-feared, first-year composition class under some guise (English 101, Freshman English, or English A). This is a notoriously difficult class that's designed to prepare students for college writing. Hacking FYC was developed by a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and will prepare students to recognize the particular sort of first-year composition class they are taking and develop some strategies to triumph in the class, and get the most out of it.