The Writers’ Room is a space that allows students to challenge the opportunity a blank page provides, gain confidence, and develop independent thinking skills, which empowers their writing process for the rest of their lives. Students are given the flexibility to attend for half an hour before or after their speech arts classes.
Receive guidance from the Writer-in-Residence
Develop the skills to work independently
Have access to prompts that change weekly
Work in a variety of genres, from poetry to memoir
Have the opportunity to enter contests and submit to publications
Writer’s Room Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 3:30 - 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
*Supervised hours may vary, check sign in the Writers’ Room for updated times
These intensive classes cater to the writing needs of individual students in a one-on-one setting. By tapping into specific writing styles and genres, students will learn how to effectively communicate their unique perspective on paper. Our Private Writing Instructors are professional writers, who will give students the opportunity to engage with their personal interests and ideas, tailored to students’ individual needs and interests, strengths and weaknesses, and specific writing goals and projects.
Students have the opportunity to:
Develop a positive, productive relationship with writing
Channel their own voices and take ownership of their work
Work on both short- and long-term projects
Study a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, and memoir
Refine their grammatical and editing skills
Grades: 2 – 12
Class Length: 28 minutes
BASA’s group writing classes offer guidance from instructors and encouragement from peers, through a curriculum that allows for in-class writing time, as well as peer workshopping opportunities. The final lesson in the group writing classes is a staged reading, which enables students to write towards a deadline, build community, and showcase their accomplishments.
Explore a variety of writing styles and techniques
Learn to adapt their skills to any assignment
Develop the ability to give and receive feedback
Follow an editing process, from idea generation to final draft
Communicate their ideas clearly and concisely
Young Authors I – Grade 1
Young Authors II – Grade 2
Young Authors III – Grades 3-4 Young Authors IV — Grades 5-6
Class Length: 50 minutes
The SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) is an admissions test required by many of the top independent schools across North America. Unlike other SSAT prep courses, ours focuses solely on the writing sample portion, which is used to assess students’ writing ability, creativity, and organizational skills. Using techniques honed through BASA’s Writers’ Room and as a professional writer, our Writer-in-Residence will prepare students for success during the live SSAT writing experience, through a number of in-class and at-home writing exercises based on previous SSAT tests.
The course will prepare students for success in:
Story creation and execution
Time management and organization
Punctuation and grammar
Clarity and precision
Story structure, tense, and point of view
Grades: 4 – 7
Class Length: 50 minutes
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