Courses taught by Sharon
Writing: Compare/Contrast is a 10-week mini-course that will help your student learn the fine art of comparing and contrasting in what they write. This will be of great value to any student who writes essays and reports between now and when the student graduates from college and/or heads into the workforce. The course is best followed in sequential order as it begins with sentences and works forward to paragraphs, fiction, and beyond, with written instruction, humor, and writing assignments.
Daily Writing: Every weekday, Sharon Watson gives your student writing prompts to encourage their creativity, thinking skills, and writing skills. These prompts can make your student think in very different terms from what they commonly use and stretch their imagination, even when writing about normal everyday things. Learning to think “outside the box” can help students become better communicators, both through the written word and in person, which are invaluable skills in today’s world.
Writing / Advertising Copy: This short three-week course helps students incorporate the methods used in advertising in their own writing and helps them identify those methods when they see them in advertising they read. This course touches on some of the emotions that advertising appeals to and how understanding the way that is done can help your student in their own writing. Every writer can benefit and improve their communication skills by learning how to use the tools employed in writing advertising, even if the writer is not trying to sell a product.
Writing: The College Admission Essay is a two-week mini-course designed to help the high school student gain an understanding of what college admissions counselors look for in an essay, help the student answer questions that show the college who they are, share critical “do” and “don’t” lists, and help the student gain confidence and reduce the stress associated with submitting the college admission essay.