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College Writing Prep

Small Classes, Expert Instructors

A Six-Step Transition to Higher Education

The first-year writing course is a standard requirement for incoming college students, but the distinction between high school and college writing can come as a shock to even the strongest of students. Compass’ College Writing Prep program prepares students of all writing abilities to transition from high school to college writing.

This course is best suited for recent high school graduates who are starting college this fall or rising seniors who want to get a preview of the kind of writing that awaits them.

Much like a traditional first year college writing class, a small group of up to 15 students read and discuss a non-fiction short text and writing prompt. Students draft essays and receive reader feedback from peers and the instructor. These drafts are revised and polished over the course of the class. Students grow confident meeting the demands  of college-level writing and  develop their own process and voice. 

Our course instructors are our writing specialists, many of whom are current or former first-year college writing teachers. The College Writing Prep program demystifies “academic writing,” equips students to ask meaningful questions about writing tasks, and provides students opportunities to practice receiving and implementing feedback through writing process reflection.

Class Content:
  • The Writing Process & Rhetorical Situation
  • Active Reading
  • Brainstorming & What to do About Procrastination?
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Proofreading

Six-Week Online Course

Classes meet:
Sundays: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18
10am-12pm Pacific | 1pm-3pm Eastern

Registration deadline: Friday, July 5th


Cost: $595

Program Includes:

  • Initial assessment essay
  • They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
  • Course Reader
  • Six 2-hour online class sessions
  • 2-3 hours of reading + writing homework assignments between classes
  • 1 complete college-level essay with revisions