Gifted Writers Academy is an online creative and formal writing program open to middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12).

Led by Edward S. Ibur, the Executive Director of the St. Louis Literary Award at Saint Louis University, Gifted Writers Academy offers Writing Essentials, a course that delves into fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Lessons are posted each week along with exercises, video tutorials, and informative writing materials for students to access each day. Live Zoom classes are held regularly and writers may also sign up for the option of having direct one-on-one instruction. Middle school writers will have access to the website’s Community Forum to continue conversations and share materials with other students and instructors.

Once writers have completed the course, they have the opportunity to remain in the program and utilize different options including new content, weekly writing prompts, one-to-one feedback, school essay reviews, extra assistance with language conventions and grammar, interviews with professional writers, artists, and educators, and the community forum with our academy writers.

Undergraduate and graduate college students work as mentor instructors. All of them are exceptional writers and experts at providing feedback for revision. Most importantly, Gifted Writers Academy will continue to be fun, instructive, and focused on building a sense of community.

New courses coming later this year:
How to Write a Research Essay•Screenwriting•Advanced Poetry•College Entrance Essay Writing

The visual arts classes will continue under the name of Gifted Arts. Saint Louis University associate professor, Terri Shay, will be teaching painting and drawing classes online.

It's not just a course... it's a community of young writers!

Our program is self-directed and collaborative, with a robust community of published writers, mentors, authors and teachers. Connect with fellow writers through our 24/7 forum. Get lots of feedback and make lifelong friends.

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