In this advanced course, students will study and develop three writing types. The first half of the course will emphasize creative writing, with a 6-week study of short stories. Students will finish this intensive study with 3 completed stories, one of which they’ll be encouraged to submit to the Scholastic Writing Competition. The second half of the course will focus on academic writing: literary analysis and critical essays. Students will finish with 2 critical essays and 1 literary analysis essay. (The scholastic competition also includes a critical essay category, so students who wish to enter should consider those guidelines, which will be reviewed, but not strictly required in class). While studying three types of writing in one semester is a challenge, this course will focus on emphasizing connections between creative and academic writing. Additionally, students will use a diverse book list to help them develop these skills. Specifically, the book list features a modern tragedy play, epic poem, social novel, autobiography, and historical fiction.