The New College of Florida Writing Program Offers Free Writing Workshops
The results of standardized tests are used to make or break acceptance into college. But as more colleges and universities drop testing requirements, a student’s ability to articulate their diverse experiences in their applications is increasingly a deciding factor.
The New College of Florida offers free writing workshops for high school students. The program is offered remotely or in person. Topics include how to generate ideas, write thoughtfully, and approach rewrites.
“We’ve already held our first two workshops this summer, and students have shared how different this style of writing is from what they typically write at their schools,” said Jennifer Wells, writing director and head of the writing program at New College. “Being able to guide them through this unknown genre and see them produce something they’re proud of is hugely rewarding.”
Wells co-edited the book, “The Successful High School Writing Center: Building the Best Program with Your Students,” in 2011. Prior to coming to New College, Wells was the Director of Reading Writing Centers and the Digital Studio from Florida State University. While at FSU, Wells received a 2013 Undergraduate University Teaching Award.
The New College Writing Program was launched last year in partnership with the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The New College of Florida recently received an additional grant of $103,341 from the foundation to expand work and provide additional resources to boost its efforts for transfer and first-generation students.
“It’s a big transition for young adults,” said Suzanne Sherman, provost and vice president of academic affairs at New College. “Many feel out of place at first, so we are committed to improving equity and access for our local high school students and incoming New College students.”
For more information, visit ncf.edu/academics/writing-program.
The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and makes grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, environment, and medical research. Visit barancik.org foundation for more information.
Submitted by Marty Katz