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The Writer's Journey, Volume 1

Writer's Journey, Volume 1 at a glance

Now an online course with updated content that incorporates lessons about writing for online media

Feeling adventurous? Then accept the challenge and depart on The Writer's Journey. Slay the dragons of dull language and disorganization so you can seize the treasure: writing that grabs your readers' attention with well-chosen details. On this journey, you will delve into concepts such as vivid diction, controlling purpose, audience awareness, and lively voice while studying examples of descriptive, expressive, and narrative writing in the accompanying Mercury Reader for Developing Writers (sold separately). Practice skills with writing topics of personal interest while meeting national standards. Experience eight stages of the writer's journey (including prewriting, drafting, and editing) as you write sensory descriptions, comparisons, dialectical journals, poems, autobiographical incidents, and short stories. Learn how to blog, query publishers and agents, and write a professional email. With the help of an accompanying website, your mentor can assist you using additional guidelines, answer keys, and supplementary materials.

Aligned with Common Core English Language Arts standards.

Get a year of intensive writing and literature study by buying this course and The Reader 's Journey, Volume 1. Price: $115.00 (TIP Talent Search participant); $150.00 (Guest). Buy now

Get two years of advanced writing study by buying this course and The Writer's Journey, Volume 2. Price: $115.00 (TIP Talent Search participant); $150.00 (Guest). Buy now

Required text (student must purchase independently)

Recommended materials

For the final unit, a handbook on grammar and sentence variety is recommended. This handbook is also used for The Writer's Journey, Volume 2.

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Other handbooks of style can be substituted, such as:

PDF icon Syllabus PDF75.62 KB
PDF icon Pretest PDF73.35 KB