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The philosophy of Inspired Writing and Literature is that every student can become a proficient writer.  

Writing is a collection of skills which can be learned by all when those skills are taught one at a time, in small incremental steps, with excellent modeling, abundant encouragement, and lots of opportunity for practice. These steps gradually cover the entire writing process and include the following tasks:

(1) Brainstorming ideas to write about (yes, this is a skill that can be learned);

(2) Organizing or structuring those ideas;

(3) Skillfully employing language and variety in sentence structure to express ideas, as well as developing a student's voice as a writer;

(4) Editing to improve impact, readability, cohesiveness, logic, and organization;

(5) Proofing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

 

Learning to think is an essential foundation for learning to write. Conversely, learning to write hones thinking skills. As a student matures and accumulates a toolbox of writing skills to express his ideas, the focus must shift toward developing the ability to conceptualize, analyze and evaluate those ideas. Finally, the student must learn to synthesize these ideas to form conclusions that are well supported by evidence and logic. Advanced composition classes incorporate these objectives and include instruction in informal logic, thoroughly preparing students for college work.  At the same time, students must never leave behind efforts to improve in the five composition tasks and must continue to add additional advanced writing, logic, and rhetorical skills to their composition and thinking toolboxes. 

As a Certified Instructor, accredited by The Institute for Excellence in Writing, your instructor predominantly uses their materials. See the many reasons for this in the article coming soon, "Why the Institute for Excellence in Writing?"

 

 

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