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GEB Special Programmes

These out-of-school enrichment programmes are organised in close partnership with institutional and community partners for strongly motivated high-ability students. Learn about the different programmes available.

  • Creative writing.
  • Research in Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics.
  • Writing of public policies and parliamentary Bills.
  • Interdisciplinary problem-solving and innovation.
  • Interact and learn from experts.
  • Engage in deep and sustained inquiry in their area of interest.
  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills in authentic contexts.

Objectives of the programme

  • Expose participants to local literature and other forms of art.
  • Enable participants to understand and appreciate the local, regional and global literature scene.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to pursue their interests, and to learn and work together with like-minded peers.
  • Provide opportunities for participants who show commitment to and potential in writing to be mentored by a published author.
  • Instil in participants a sense of the writer's responsibility to society and the impact of the written word on the well-being of others.

Who it is for

  • Secondary 2 and Secondary 3, or Year 2 and Year 3 of the Integrated Programme (IP).
  • JC 1, IP Year 5, Pre-U 1 or Pre-U 2.
  • Creative Arts Seminar : This includes writing workshops, plenary sessions and forums, and performance workshops.
  • Mentorship attachment : Over 9 months, selected participants from the Seminar will work under and learn from the guidance of writers to hone their writing skills. The works of the mentees will be published in an annual publication, Eye on the World .

Programme partners

  • Creative Arts Seminar: Usually starts in end May or early June.
  • Creative Writing Mentorship attachment: Usually starts in September.

How to apply

  • Extend and deepen participants' understanding of the individual and society through an examination of human experiences and interaction in the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Equip participants with knowledge of research methods used in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Develop in participants an awareness of the social responsibilities and ethics of researchers and commitment to use research for the greater good.
  • Develop participants' skills in communication, interpretation, linking and synthesising domains of knowledge, and imbuing facts with meaning and value.
  • Nurture in participants a passion for independent learning.
  • Mentorship attachment : Participants work with their Expert-Mentors on projects based on a topic. Typically, there will be at least 3 discussion sessions between Expert-Mentor and participants, excluding correspondence and editing of reports.
  • Research workshops : Workshops help participants level up on relevant research skills and knowledge. They also get feedback on their research from trainers and peers.
  • Project Review : Participants present their papers to a review panel of subject experts and get feedback for improvement.
  • HSSRP Symposium : Participants share their research findings with other participants and prospective applicants, either at the Main Symposium Panel or at concurrent sessions.
  • HSSRP Publication : Participants submit their papers to the HSSRP Organising Committee for selection for inclusion in the yearly HSSRP Publication. Selection of projects for publication is complemented by Teacher-Mentor and Expert-Mentor evaluation.
  • ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU) National Institute of Education S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies School of Humanities School of Social Sciences Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
  • National University of Singapore (NUS) Division of Social Sciences, Yale-NUS College Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  • Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Social Sciences
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Centre for University Core School of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences S R Nathan School of Human Development
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • January: Start of HSSRP Mentorship.
  • August: Project Review.
  • Early November: HSSRP Symposium.
  • Ability to think critically about existing problems.
  • Generation of ideas to improve the situation.
  • Development of prototypes to test and improve their ideas.
  • Expose participants to knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom through interaction with innovation mentors from tertiary institutions and other organisations.
  • IvP school-based launch : Participating schools use the launch package to introduce students to the concept of innovation.
  • IvP lessons : Students attend lessons to learn skills and strategies for innovation and problem-solving. Teachers guide them to understand the challenge, generate ideas and develop solutions.
  • IvP draft sessions : There are 3 draft sessions. Innovation mentors from partner institutions are assigned to schools to share knowledge and expertise, and provide feedback to guide their mentees to think creatively, shape their ideas, and improve their prototypes.
  • IvP Project Judging : Students present their innovations for feedback to a panel of judges. The judges will also select projects for participation at the Young Innovators' Fair.
  • Young Innovators' Fair : The IvP concludes with the Young Innovators' Fair. Selected participants showcase their projects through a stage presentation and poster exhibition.
  • 3M Singapore
  • Innovators and Entrepreneurs Association
  • Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)
  • Republic Polytechnic (RP)
  • Singapore Polytechnic (SP)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
  • Educate participants on the Singapore model of democratic government, with particular focus on parliament as a legislative institution.
  • Enhance participants' interest in parliamentary debates and legislation through developing their awareness of the democratic parliamentary process in action.
  • Instil a sense of ownership and "rootedness" in Singapore amongst participants through experiential learning which would take the form of researching community and national issues, drafting legislation, and role-playing active leadership in moot parliament.
  • MPP Symposium : All interested Year 2 and Year 3 students may attend a symposium on topics related to community and national issues to gain ideas for Bill drafting.
  • Mentorship attachment : Teams of students whose proposals have been selected by an evaluation panel will be mentored by legal professionals. During the 6-month attachment, participants will attend workshops, seminars and talks, as well as go on learning journeys. The programme concludes with a moot parliament session when participants will debate selected Bills from the cohort.
  • Develop participants' capacity to navigate complexities and ambiguities, see connections across disciplines and cultivate critical 21st century skills in problem-solving, collaborative learning and communication.
  • Develop participants' deep curiosity about issues, open-mindedness to diverse perspectives, as well as other-centredness and personal agency to make a positive difference to the community.
  • Online resources : Participants engage in data gathering and problem solving. They are given access to relevant resources which can take the form of tutorials, lectures, forum with experts or online materials.
  • Project Review cum shortlisting : Teams are given feedback on their work and selected entries from this round will progress to the Finals.
  • PX Challenge Finals : This is the culminating event in the form of an oral presentation where teams explain and defend their final product to a panel of adjudicators, in the presence of fellow participants and peers.
  • Provide students with enrichment that includes exposure to current scientific advances.
  • Enhance students' understanding of major concepts and theories in Science.
  • Develop skills for conducting investigations and inquiry in Science.
  • Provide opportunities for students to interact with teachers and scientists for a better understanding of the activities, beliefs, and traits essential for the conduct of rigorous scientific research.
  • Motivate students to contribute to society through scientific research.
  • Mentorship attachment : Successful applicants start on their mentorship from February to September with a weekly 3-hour session. During the mid-year school holidays, participants will attend a full 2-week attachment to the institution and immerse themselves in scientific discovery, exploration and problem solving. They will be preparing a scientific paper and poster at the end of the attachment.
  • Research Methods Modules (RMM) : These are lectures conducted by the faculty of partner institutions and school teachers to support participants in their inquiry. Topics covered include ethics, scientific literature review, experimental designs and methodologies, and scientific communication.
  • Poster Judging and Plenary : This allows participants to present their research findings and to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge of their research area to an audience of professional scientists.
  • Youth Science Conference (YSC) : All SMP participants present their research findings in the form of a poster presentation at YSC to an audience of peers, teachers and scientists. The Proceedings of the YSC are published and made available to participants, teacher-advisors, mentors, as well as participating schools and institutions.
  • Offer students with strengths and interests in STEM the opportunity to advance their understanding of disciplinary knowledge by engaging in the practice of research and developing understanding for ethical and responsible inquiry.
  • Develop students' understanding of the culture and ethos of research through immersion in scientific inquiry and interaction with the scientific and technological community.
  • Enable students to work both independently yet collaboratively in authentic practice.
  • Research Methods Module (RMM) : Participants attend a series of lectures that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to undertake science research.
  • Mentorship Attachment : This commences in May or June when they are in JC1 or IP Year 5. Participants meet their Mentors or Supervisors regularly and spend at least 2 weeks in the mid-year or end-of-year holidays working full-time on their research projects at the research facility of their Mentor or Supervisor. After the mentorship attachment, the participants submit a scientific paper for the following year, when they are in JC2 or IP Year 6. The scientific paper will be either for publication in the Proceedings of the Science Research Congress for SRP enrichment participants or for H3 assessment for H3 NUS-MOE SRP participants.
  • Science Research Congress (SRC) : All SRP enrichment participants present their research findings to an audience of their peers, juniors who aspire to apply to SRP, teachers and mentors. The presentation will be via a poster presentation at the annual SRC in April or May when they are in JC2 or IP Year 6. The Proceedings of the SRC are published and made available to participants, teacher-advisors, Supervisors and Mentors.
  • Feb or March for H3 NUS-MOE SRP.
  • April or May for SRP as an enrichment option.
  • Application for the Research Methods Module (RMM), which starts in February.
  • Successful applicants who complete the RMM can then apply for the Mentorship Attachment in April.

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In North View Primary, we have programmes to stretch our students such as the Creative Writing and E2K programmes.

Creative Writing Programme

The English Language Department’s Creative Writing Programme is conducted to hone the writing skills of verbally-talented Primary 4 and 5 student writers. Students who have been selected for the programme possess strong language skills and the ability to easily understand the creative uses of language. The Creative Writing Programme aims to enhance the literacy understanding of the student writers and improve their writing craft through exposure to creative writing.

Teachers conducting the programme develop the student writers’ observation, description and analytical skills, as well as cultivate in them a critical awareness of literary techniques and craftsmanship. During the programme, the student writers are introduced to the styles and traditions of both prose and poetry through the application of critical and theoretical approaches to the reading and analysis of literary texts. As they get acquainted with imaginative writing in prose and poetry, they not only engage in wordplay to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings, but also acquire habits of mind essential to their growth as critical and creative writers. By the end of the programme, student writers will have put together a portfolio comprising of writing pieces that show his or her authentic voice, flexible and original crafting of ideas and thoughtful self-reflection.

 By providing an opportunity to meet and collaborate with like-minded schoolmates who are also passionate about writing, the programme ultimately aims to build a community of inquiry among peers and motivate them to pursue their interest in writing.

E2K Science Enrichment

This year, we started the E2K Science enrichment programme for selected Primary 4 students who have shown interest and ability in Science.

The programme aims to: • develop scientific inquiry process skills among high-ability learners • nurture 21st century competencies such as resilience and resourcefulness, critical and inventive thinking, and effective communication skills

During the programme, students learn Science by going through the same process that scientists use to generate knowledge in Science. Just as scientists make mistakes in the real world, pupils are allowed to make mistakes in E2K and teachers help students to learn from the mistakes. The sessions emphasise scientific experiments, while gradually developing the students’ ability to plan, conduct and analyze open discovery experiments. 

The students are intrigued by the variety of topics related to the phenomena that they encountered in their daily lives. In each session, the students performed experiments at increasing level of openness and used a range of tools such as background stories, performance tasks, riddles, games and discussion & brainstorming and reflections. The students went through a fascinating journey on the path of creative scientific investigation.

Through collaborative learning and guidance provided by the teacher, students practice scientific thinking and reasoning, develop confidence and independence in carrying out scientific inquiry as well as scientific habits, attitudes, and dispositions.

E2K Math Enrichment

The Excellence 2000 (E2K) Mathematics Programme is a Mathematics enrichment programme for Primary 4 and Primary 5 pupils who demonstrate interest and ability in Mathematics. It aims to develop students’ mathematical reasoning skills and deepens their conceptual understanding through an inquiry approach.

Students had the opportunities to work independently or collaborate with their peers and engage in mathematical thinking through resources such as puzzles, games and mathematical explorations specially designed for this programme. During the programme, students were taught to see mistakes they make as a learning process. When they made mistakes, they were encouraged to persevere and look for alternative solutions or to improve on their solutions and discover their own mistakes. After students have found a solution to a problem, they would also be encouraged to think of alternative solutions to solve the same problem. Teachers would then select a few students to present their solutions to other students. Students were the ones leading the discussions and teachers being the facilitators.

The rich learning experiences offered by the programme serve to help students to develop the habits, attitudes and dispositions mathematicians possess, as well as to gain important 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, invention thinking and effective communication skills.

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Primary Creative Writing

Primary creative english writing class.

In our most popular and highly-effective Primary Creative Writing Classes, we employ a dual-pronged approach of skills-based and thematic-based lessons as we prepare children for the Composition Writing component in Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE).

Creative Writing Skills & New Vocabulary

Students are taught how to apply a consistent set of Creative Writing skills in their compositions. New vocabulary is introduced through different story topics each week.

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Small Class Size Of 6-8 Students

Honing their writing skills in a small, conducive class size of 6-8 students will give students the space to fully develop their craft. Teachers are also able to give individual students close attention and guidance in their writing.

Students Progress

Students will be faced with more writing challenges as they progress to the next school level. They will thus be exposed to, and learn more complex skills like “foreshadowing” and “building suspense”.

As students progress up each level, we prepare them by introducing more skills progressively.

Composition Writing

Students complete a full composition in class every 1-2 weeks. Each student will receive detailed, written feedback at the end of each lesson. Our lessons are structured according to skills-based, guided writing, and independent writing classes.

Guided Writing Lessons

Together with our teachers, students will explore a comprehensive list of topics and themes found commonly in MOE School, Prelim, and PSLE are covered. They will also be exposed to model essays with captivating plots, whilst learning to apply them with relevant vocabulary across various topics.

Students are taught systematically how to craft a well-developed story.

  • Explore a comprehensive list of topics and themes
  • Exposure to model essays with captivating plots
  • Learn relevant vocabulary across various topics
  • Reinforcement of WE skills and plot elements throughout term
  • Vocabulary exercises assigned after each guided practice to encourage retention
  • Common MOE School, Prelim and PSLE topics covered

Independent Writing Lessons

Students will put what they have learnt to the test. They will come up with plot ideas for each topic independently with minimum help from their teachers or materials.

  • Students to attempt to use 1, 2, or 3 pictures as a focal point in the story
  • Students will have the chance to apply skills and vocabulary learnt independently to their writing.
  • Parents are encouraged to bring school practices for teachers to evaluate their learning progress
  • Mock Assessments are conducted for P1-P4 students in Term 2; P5 & P6 students in Term 2 and 3

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At Write Edge, teachers spend a substantial amount of time to teach the children a set of Creative Writing Skills (such as Show-Not-Tell, 5 Senses, Speech + Speech tag + Action Tag, Varied Sentence Structures, Ways to say “Said”, Personification etc.) These skills are reinforced weekly to ensure that they are familiar with how to use and apply them in their work.

Through the teachers’ close guidance and clear, instructional materials, we help our students apply these skills to their writing weekly.

Students will write a composition every week and we cover as many themes/topics/story ideas as we can throughout the year. For more complex topics like ‘dilemma’ or ‘loyalty’, the compositions will be completed across two weeks. As the students progress up each level from Primary 1 to 6, more advanced skills, phrases and themes will be introduced to them.

We strictly run small classes of 6-8 students and this promotes higher interaction between the teachers and the students. Not many centres offer such a low student-teacher ratio.

Our small classes of 6-8 allow our teachers to give every individual close attention and guidance.

This is particularly helpful and important for writing classes. Teachers are able to do detailed marking and give meticulous feedback on your child’s progress.

Our learning materials are also specially curated by our curriculum specialists and senior teachers. They are improved frequently to ensure clarity and effectiveness.

We are also up to date with the latest MOE syllabus.

Our teachers are trained, dedicated and passionate! We do our best to ensure that every child learns at Write Edge regardless of ability.

Yes. Your child may attend a trial class before deciding if our programme is suitable for him/her.

Yes. All students are required to do a draft 2 of every composition written in class. Draft 2 is the corrected copy of their draft 1. This helps them to learn from their mistakes, revise their story plot, impressive phrases, sentence structures and other skills taught in class.

If the student is unable to finish what was tasked for that day, they will have paragraphs to complete at home. Over time, as they familiarise themselves with the skills, phrases and the writing duration, they should be able to finish what is tasked for the lesson.

As we run a small class of 6-8 students, the teacher is typically able to give enough attention to all students, including the students who might not be able to catch up as quickly as the rest.

Attending a creative writing class should help to improve your child’s overall English Language competency. Through the writing process, they are able to put practice their usage of grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

Over time, as the students practise what is taught in class and learn to apply them in school, they should be able to see an improvement in their composition grades.

However, there are some instances where we recommend students to attend a regular English class instead of a Creative Writing class.

We strongly encourage that students attend all four terms as we teach different creative writing skills and cover different topics every term. Attending the classes for the whole year will provide the students with a well-rounded experience at Write Edge.

Progress differs from child to child. Some students see good improvement within 3 to 6 months of attending Write Edge, while others take longer. For children who have a weaker foundation in their sentence structures, grammar, spelling, punctuations, teachers will spend more time building their foundation before focusing on other more complex aspects of writing.

Ultimately, beyond attaining stellar grades, we believe that providing the platform for students to write, practise, make mistakes and revise their drafts weekly will benefit them in the long run. The important language and writing skills acquired will prepare them for their examinations and beyond.

– Lessons are conducted as usual during the MOE school holidays (March, June and September). Our term ends in November ie: no classes during December holiday.

– With the exception of Chinese New Year, New Year and Christmas, lessons will be conducted as usual for any other Public Holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday,

– Classes will not be scheduled on gazetted Public Holidays that falls on weekdays and fees will be prorated accordingly.

Replacement lessons are scheduled within the week at a maximum of twice a term and is subjected to availability.

Worksheets will be given if there are no suitable timings for replacement.

Strictly no prorate, credit or refund for lesson missed.

Most Primary 1s are suitable for Write Edge’s creative writing programme. Students are exposed to a wide range of interesting story plots, good language and writing skills.

As young writers, a lot of guidance is given throughout the lesson. It is common for some P1s to struggle with spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence construction and coming up with logical plot ideas. With practice and guidance from our teachers in a small class, they should see gradual improvement in these areas.

However, there are instances where we recommend students to attend a regular English class before joining our creative writing class.

We will suggest for the student to try for about a term so we can more accurately assess if he/she is suitable for the class.

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Creative Writing Classes For Kids In Singapore

Creative writing will get your children’s imagination going. It will encourage your little ones to express themselves, create exciting characters, and develop a narrative and plot full of twists, turns, and imagination. As the name suggests, creative writing explores different genres and styles, such as poetry, script, storytelling, prose, and journalism. Whether your little one strives to be the next J. K. Rowling or the much-loved David Walliams, there is something for every genre, including action and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, comedy, and drama.

Creative writing is favorable for many different reasons. Just like painting and composing music, creative writing is an artistic skill. The artistic process encourages imagination and ideas. The creative process improves oral and written skills instilling a sense of artistic expression in young children, which can also help them express their thoughts and feelings.

There are numerous creative writing courses, programs, and workshops throughout Singapore.

Children Reading Writers Place Singapore

THE WRITER'S PLACE: Bukit Panjang & Woodlands *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

Specialist in creative writing since 2009,  The Writer’s Place is an established English enrichment center providing writing classes for primary school children in Singapore.

Adhering to the latest MOE syllabus, your children will be immersed in their tuition classes, which take an interactive, fun approach. Students struggling with English composition writing will be empowered by learning useful skills that will help improve their composition grades. Their step-by-step, engaging, and immersive English creative writing curriculum aims to provide young writers with the opportunity to experience success thanks to positive writing experiences.

The Writer's Place , Bukit Panjang and Woodlands, [email protected] , www.thewritersplace.com.sg

Writing Samurai Creative Writing for Kids In Singapore

WRITING SAMURAI: Online *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

Many of the Writing Samurai courses are online, so you don't have to leave home! The step-by-step course for primary-age learners will have your child writing impressive prose in no time. In as little as a 90-minute class, your little one will have a marked improvement in their creative writing skills. The founder, Jerry Lee, has a passion for reading, writing, online education, and entrepreneurship and has been awarded the Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning. His online courses include tutorials for creative writing, narrative, reflective, expository, and argumentative essay writing. You can download the complimentary e-book 80 Awesome Phrases to Wow Your Teacher! to learn more.

Writing Samurai,  [email protected], www.writingsamurai.com

Creative Writing Jan & Elly Singapore

JAN & ELLY: Seletar & Upper Bukit Timah *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

Every child possesses a beautiful sense of wonder. Your child can transform simple ideas into creative stories based on sentence structure, paragraph formation, and the correct vocabulary. Jan & Elly's pre-creative writing course encourages children from six years to bring a story to life through active brainstorming sessions and other strategies that generate creative ideas that they can put into words. The tutors will give them the tools to build a framework for storytelling. Older children will explore new and more challenging activities to sharpen their writing tools and improve their descriptive powers and expository skills. They will also master the processes that successful authors use.

Jan & Elly , Seletar & Upper Bukit Timah, +65 9835 1539, [email protected] ,  www.jan-elly.com

The Write Connection Creative Writing Singapore

THE WRITE CONNECTION: Multiple Locations *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

The Write Connection is a multi-award-winning MOE-registered English enrichment center in Singapore. They specialize in teaching language and thinking skills to preschool, primary, and secondary school students. Their program will equip your child with language skills, strategies, and techniques to power higher-order thinking. The courses are ideal for different ages of children, from primary to secondary ages. If your little one is a keen scientist or mathematician, there are other courses for them.

The Write Connection , Multiple Locations , +65 6816 0803, [email protected] ,  www.thewriteconnection.com.sg

Write Edge Creative Writing Lessons In Singapore

WRITE EDGE: *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

Tutors at Write Edge provide high-quality tutorials to small classes of six to eight children. Teachers have followed the latest MOE syllabus for over a decade of creative writing curriculum experience. Their top-notch curriculum and methodological teaching approach have helped over 5,000 students achieve their desired grades. Age-appropriate programs include primary English enrichment and creative writing and secondary level O-level English mastery.

The Write Edge , Multiple Locations , +65 8868 9711, [email protected] , www.write-edge.com

Champion Tutor Creative Writing Lessons Singapore

CHAMPION TUTOR: At Home *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

Champion Tutor offers comprehensive one-to-one creative writing tutoring at home and will place the best teacher to encourage and complement your child. The comprehensive class menu will encourage imagination, ideas, and oral and written skills. Each teacher will inspire imagination, channel artistic expression, and improve your child's vocabulary and comprehension skills. As your child ages, they will pay attention to writing creative stories and essays. Get ready to see where your child's imagination takes them.

Champion Tutor,  +65 6850 5040,  www.championtutor.com/tutor-singapore/creative-tutor-singapore.html

Girl Writing At British Council Creative Writing Classes For Kids And Teens Singapore

BRITISH COUNCIL: Multiple Locations *Best Creative Writing Programs And Classes For Kids In Singapore

The British Council provides a strong foundation for your little ones to start various creative writing programs. The courses are designed to incorporate active learning and hands-on exploration to develop your child's speaking confidence and socialization skills. Classes are in person or online, in small groups, or in one-to-one lessons. Kids can experiment with the basic techniques for a happy future in writing from as early as three years. As they grow into confident communicators, students will focus on literature that will help them excel in school, achieve academic and exam success and build a global mindset and critical thinking skills.

British Council,  various locations in Singapore,  [email protected] ,  www.britishcouncil.sg

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Working with Me

  • Independent illustrator and designer working since 2010
  • Marvellous Mammals: A Wild A to Z of Southeast Asia (Difference Engine)
  • The Missing Mouse (Asian Civilisations Museum)
  • Where Are All the Birds (authored and illustrated, Epigram Books
  • From Kid to King: The Joseph Schooling Story (ST Press)
  • Internationally exhibited in the UK, USA, Japan, Korea and Indonesia
  • Participated in the Art Elective Programme
  • Studied Illustration in Central Saint Martins, UK on the DesignSingapore Scholarship
  • Special interest in nature, heritage and culture

This series of programmes has been specially designed based on my experience in design and education to develop independent thinking, expansive creativity and an experimental approach. They are suitable for all learners as the workshop will be customised for each class.

These programmes are eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy under the NAC-AEP for 50% of the programme costs.

How I Can Help Your Students

  • Guidance and advice for students based on industry experience from design to curation to publishing
  • Empower students to conceptualise and develop unique ideas
  • Guide your students through a working design process
  • Build confidence in creating images and working visually

Focus on Thinking

Students learn of thinking approaches and processes which can be applied outside of the workshop

Expression of ideas visually and verbally

Students build competence in visual literacy through scaffolded exercises and confidence in their work by showing and articulating their ideas

Empower imagination

Students are exposed to a range of real-world examples and techniques, inspiring endless possibilities for creativity beyond art in the classroom

Flexible and customisable

Programmes cater to various themes, mediums or interest areas, and the duration can be shortened or extended as required

Illustrated Stories

Picture book workshop.

Highlights – Introducing the power of storytelling – Showcasing examples of good picture books – Planning and development of a book – Crafting the main story through writing – Creating a series of characters through illustration – Combining words and images together

Outcomes – Developmental illustrations to form a character and world – Picture book – 16 page

Ideal for: – Developing creativity across words and images – Building competence in visual literacy – Experiencing the full process of a creative project

Duration: 12 hours (in 3 or 4 hour sessions) Cost: $15 per student per hour before subsidy (materials included) Size: Minimum 25, maximum 40 students

Picture Book Workshop

Illustrated Personas

Character design workshop.

Highlights – Character design as a narrative – Defining the main character through qualities and personality – Developing a backstory for the character – Designing the environment it would inhabit – Adapting the characters for various outcomes

Outcomes – Developmental illustrations to form a character and world – Character design in a designed environment – Finished illustration ready for various uses

Ideal for: – Experiencing the design creation process – Building competence in visual literacy

Duration: 6 hours (in 2 or 3 hour sessions) Cost: $15 per student per hour before subsidy (materials included) Size: Minimum 25, maximum 40 students

Character Design Workshop

An Illustrated Life

Interactive artist talk.

Highlights – Illustration-based creativity exercises – Insight into the creative industry – Story of my path to becoming a professional illustrator – Advice on developing one’s passion and interest

Outcomes – Series of simple illustrations

Ideal for: – A quick introduction to illustration – Taster in thinking creatively and visually

Duration: 1 hour (extendable) Cost: $480 before subsidy Size: Up to 40 students

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I’m perfectly comfortable working with pre-schoolers all the way to grownups, after all, I’ve been one myself!

Picture Book Workshop, Creative Arts Programme, MOE

“Darel is an extremely passionate artist who will spark creativity and critical thinking in your students as he introduces them to this niche art form and literary genre. You will enjoy working with him — he is a trustworthy and effective facilitator who will be dedicated to your cause and kids.”

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Organising Committee MOE Creative Writing Programme and Creative Arts Programme

“Through his thoughtful pedagogy and kindred spirit, Darel has helped open our beneficiaries’ minds to greater artistic possibilities in storytelling and illustration. Thank you for fostering a sustainable and conducive environment that allows such great flow of ideas and self-expression!”

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Schools – EtonHouse International School – CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh) – Dulwich College (Singapore) – Eunos Primary School – Fuhua Primary School – Kheng Cheng School – Lakeside Primary School – Nanyang Primary School – Meridian Primary School – Punggol View Primary School – Raffles Girls’ Primary School – Tanglin Trust School – Tao Nan School – Teck Ghee Primary School – Valour Primary School – XCL World Academy – CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) – CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent – Edgefield Secondary School – Junyuan Secondary School – Greenridge Secondary School – Jurong West Secondary School – Manjusri Secondary School – Raffles Girls’ School – River Valley High School – St Andrew’s Secondary School – St Margaret’s Secondary School – Tampines Secondary School – Victoria School – Woodgrove Secondary School – Raffles Institution (JC) – Victoria Junior College – Republic Polytechnic – ITE College Central – ITE College East – Central St Martins – Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – Singapore Management University – Singapore Institute of Technology – University of the Arts, London

Arts and Culture – ArtScience Museum – Asian Civilisations Museum – Asian Festival of Children’s Content – All In! Young Writers Festival – BooksActually – CNA938 – Creative Arts Programme – Difference Engine – Epigram Books – Gillman Barracks – Lianhe Zaobao – National Library Board – National Design Centre – National Museum of Singapore – Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film – Singapore City Gallery, URA – Singapore Art Museum – Singapore Book Council – Singapore Coffee Festival – Singapore Kindness Movement – Singapore Writers Festival – Singapore Youth Festival – Speak Good English Movement – Straits Times Press – The Substation – Wallpaper*

Corporate – Apple – Citi – IKEA – Microsoft – Uniqlo

Social Organisations – Beyond Social Services – Bartley Community Care Services – Central Community Development Council – Chinese Development Assistance Council – Club Rainbow Singapore – Jia Ying Senior Activity Centre – Lakeside Family Services Centre – TOUCH Community Services – World Wildlife Fund

Government Organisations – Arts Education Branch, MOE – Early Childhood Development Agency – Education and Career Guidance Branch, MOE – Gifted Education Branch, MOE – Ministry of Social and Family Development – National Council of Social Service – Smart Nation and Digital Government Office

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Writing Enrichment™ 

Primary 1-6 (2 Hours / Lesson)

Achieve exceptional results in English and Writing with our Writing Enrichment programme. Our effective and unique methodology in the teaching of writing has gained recognition from fans all over the world since this program was run in Sydney by our Founder in 2002. 

Since 2012, our students in Singapore have gained a competitive edge with this MOE-aligned curriculum.

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Evolve into an Exceptional Writer

Why choose us.

World-Class Writing Pedagogy and Curriculum

An Excellent Track Record of Proven Results both in Singapore and Overseas

Highly Qualified Teams to Support Your Child’s Learning

A Growth Mindset That Will Benefit Your Child for a Lifetime

TWC's systematic writing programme focuses on:

Excellent Language and Writing Skills, Strategies and Techniques

Analyse and read like a writer through our mentor texts and language exercises.

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General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Leverage on this crucial knowledge and "Think Like the Top 1%" ™ .

Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills

Have confidence to solve problems to meet academic challenges and handle life's demands.

Communication and Soft Skills

Connect and collaborate with others through effective communication to prepare for the future.

Curriculum Cycle

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Formative Lesson

Develop higher-order thinking skills and broaden general knowledge through practical exercises and rich content.

Master new or revise existing knowledge and strategies for effective writing and communication through practical, well-researched exercises.

Formative Assessment

Diagnose learning issues through individually tailored and meticulous  TWC-style comments  for effective improvement.

Cultivate excellent habits of the mind  through reflecting on learning issues and strategies provided.

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Summative Assessment

Build confidence in planning and applying taught skills, strategies and techniques independently.

Cultivate good exam habits and eliminate examination stress through frequent exposure to a simulation of exam conditions.

Ensure effective transference of knowledge into exam situations.

Consolidation Lesson

Develop critical reading and thinking skills in  analysing excellent models of compositions, some adapted from actual students’ works.

Explore and reinforce learning of language skills through interacting deeply with text and analysing writing techniques in Model Compositions.

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Learning is embedded in our DNA . 

We empower your child to be:

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A Well-Rounded Writer

Armed with an arsenal of language skills and techniques, your child will be a confident writer of different genres. Their strong writing skills will set a firm foundation for their learning in higher institutions.

With writing as an in-demand skill at most workplaces , your child will thrive with their capability to write and communicate eloquently.

A Critical Thinker

Your child will acquire skills to reflect on their learning process, and be able to ask pertinent questions to explore all facets of a subject.

As a critical thinker , your child will also possess high self-awareness, knowing their strengths and growth areas well. This is a major part of emotional intelligence , which is a significant contributor to success in life.

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A Creative Problem-Solver 

In addition to crafting pieces that are a joy to read, we develop your child’s creativity to help them be solution-oriented in tackling problems.

Equipped with skills such as the ability to persuade others and analyse issues, your child will be able to confidently tackle problems whether in school or in life. As a resilient person , they will excel not just in their studies, but also in relationships and their future workplace.

An Effective Communicator

An excellent writer knows how to utilise ethos, logos and pathos (appeal to ethics, logic and emotion) with finesse.

Through writing, your child will hone their soft skills, which helps them to be an effective communicator. According to  research by LinkedIn in 2018,  soft skills are also the most highly demanded by today's employers.

When I was in Primary 6, I rarely scored high marks for my school examinations.

After I joined TWC’s Writing Enrichment programme, my grades for Composition began to improve. The writing skills that I learnt in class helped me significantly in my Continuous Writing. I can now plan essays confidently during my exams.

For someone like me who usually scores 'B's for my English exams, an 'A*' for my PSLE left me astonished . I owe it all to TWC and my teacher who helped me every step of the way!

Alakh Parkhi, Primary 6

Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School

PSLE English: A*

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CWP Camp 2024 Application Information & Instructions

The 2 & 3 September 2024 (non-residential, in-person) CWP camp is open to Primary 5 pupils who have an interest and aptitude in creative writing. For more information, download and read the Application Information Package carefully.

Pupils, to apply for the camp, please do the following in order:

Inform your teacher of your interest to apply. (If your teacher is not aware of the programme, direct him/her to our website: https://go.gov.sg/moe-creative-writing-programme .) Discuss with your teacher a reasonable timeline for the preparation of your application.

Download the Submission Template here: https://go.gov.sg/2024cwp-tier2-camp-application .

Read the declaration of Personal Undertaking carefully and select "Agree" if you have understood what it means (and agree).  

Fill in the Submission Template with your:

responses to the questions

3 Creative Writing Portfolio Pieces & 3 Accompanying Reflection Notes

1 "eye" and "depart" Creative Writing Challenge Piece.

Rename the Submission Template accordingly to Full Name of School_Your Full Name,

e.g. Sunshine Primary School_Chen Kai Wen

and save the document using a .doc or .docx extension only.

Send your teacher the softcopy of your portfolio. (Ensure you have given your teacher ample time to read and submit your portfolio. The deadline for application is 2 July 2024, 5:00 p.m. . Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Ensure your parent/guardian has consented to your participation at the 2-day camp.

Forms must be submitted by teachers to the organisers by 2 July 2024, 5:00 p.m.

Ensure you have given your teachers sufficient time to read and submit your portfolio by the above deadline.

Selection results will be sent to schools by 23 August 2024.

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College of Arts and Sciences   English Department   Ellis 201 Athens, OH 45701 Fax: 740.593.2832 [email protected] www.ohio.edu/cas/english/

Dr. Carey Snyder , contact person [email protected]

Program Overview

In the English – Creative Writing major, you will engage with genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the inside out, by generating and revising your own work as well as exploring closely how published work uses the techniques of craft. All creative writing students participate in workshops led by nationally recognized writers which focus on understanding and constructing different literary forms; to achieve these goals, workshops emphasize the study of texts by established writers as well as students’ experimentation with their own creative process. The major is also flexible enough to match your own interests and goals: you can fulfill up to 12 of the required hours in the major with courses focusing on literature, rhetoric, or literary theory, or by combining these with apprenticeship or internship experiences. To ensure a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge that employers and graduate schools expect from any English graduate, the English – Creative Writing major includes the English Core in analysis, research, and literary history. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/first-year admission.

Enrollment in an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English  – Creative Writing major should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the director of undergraduate studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts and Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English – Creative Writing major and the College of Arts and Sciences.

External Transfer Admission

For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

After a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and analytical reading as well as multiple genres of writing, English – Creative Writing students enjoy the same wide variety of opportunity upon graduation that other English majors have. Many of our graduates go on to graduate programs, not only M.A. or M.F.A. programs in Creative Writing but also programs in Information Science or Education. Others work in publishing, web content development, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or other creative industries. Having invested in developing their own creativity as well as in the well-rounded education that this degree requires, English – Creative Writing students can face the unexpected challenges of the 21 st -century job market with confidence.

Potential employers for those who hold a degree in Creative Writing include, but are certainly not limited to, newspaper and magazine organizations, the entertainment industry, government agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private K-12 schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, etc.

Browse through dozens of internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Handshake , OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.

Requirements

Universitywide graduation requirements.

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the  Graduation Requirements – Universitywide    page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements   .

English Hours Requirement

For a B.A. degree with a major in English - Creative Writing , a student must complete a total of 42 semester credit hours in ENG coursework.

Intercultural Foundations

Complete the following course:

  • ENG 1100 - Crossing Cultures with Text Credit Hours: 3

Literary Reading

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 2010 - Introduction to Prose Fiction and Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 2020 - Introduction to Poetry and Drama Credit Hours: 3

British or American Literature I

  • ENG 2510 - British Literature I Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 2530 - American Literature I Credit Hours: 3

British or American Literature II

  • ENG 2520 - British Literature II Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 2540 - American Literature II Credit Hours: 3

Intercultural Breadth

Complete one course from the following:

  • ENG 3240 - Jewish American Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3250 - Women’s Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3260 - Queer Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3370 - Black Literature to 1930 Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3380 - Ethnic American Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3390 - Black Literature from 1930 to the Present Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3450 - Intercultural Adaptations: Answering the Anglo-American Literary Canon Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3550 - Global Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3850 - Writing About Culture and Society Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3

Writing and Research

  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3

Senior Seminar

  • ENG 4600 - Topics in English Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4640 - British Authors Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4650 - American Authors Credit Hours: 3

Creative Writing Workshops

Complete three of the following workshops with at least one intermediate or advanced workshop:

  • ENG 3610 - Creative Writing: Fiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3620 - Creative Writing: Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3630 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3

Intermediate:

  • ENG 3950 - Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction II Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3960 - Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction II Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3970 - Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4860 - Advanced Workshop in Fiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4870 - Advanced Workshop in Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4880 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3

Creative Writing Form and Theory

  • ENG 4810 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Fiction Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4820 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Poetry Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 4830 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3

Major Electives

Complete three additional ENG courses for at least nine hours excluding ENG 2800   , ENG 3***J, ENG 4510   , ENG 4520   , ENG 4911   , and ENG 4912   . Six hours may be at the 2000-level or higher; three hours must be at the 3000-level or higher.

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Creative Writing Program Marks Three Decades of Growth, Diversity

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By Luisa A. Igloria

2024: a milestone year which marks the 30 th  anniversary of Old Dominion University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Its origins can be said to go back to April 1978, when the English Department’s (now Professor Emeritus, retired) Phil Raisor organized the first “Poetry Jam,” in collaboration with Pulitzer prize-winning poet W.D. Snodgrass (then a visiting poet at ODU). Raisor describes this period as “ a heady time .” Not many realize that from 1978 to 1994, ODU was also the home of AWP (the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) until it moved to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

The two-day celebration that was “Poetry Jam” has evolved into the annual ODU Literary Festival, a week-long affair at the beginning of October bringing writers of local, national, and international reputation to campus. The ODU Literary Festival is among the longest continuously running literary festivals nationwide. It has featured Rita Dove, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Sontag, Edward Albee, John McPhee, Tim O’Brien, Joy Harjo, Dorothy Allison, Billy Collins, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sabina Murray, Jane Hirshfield, Brian Turner, S.A. Cosby, Nicole Sealey, Franny Choi, Ross Gay, Adrian Matejka, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ilya Kaminsky, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Jose Olivarez, and Ocean Vuong, among a roster of other luminaries. MFA alumni who have gone on to publish books have also regularly been invited to read.

From an initial cohort of 12 students and three creative writing professors, ODU’s MFA Creative Writing Program has grown to anywhere between 25 to 33 talented students per year. Currently they work with a five-member core faculty (Kent Wascom, John McManus, and Jane Alberdeston in fiction; and Luisa A. Igloria and Marianne L. Chan in poetry). Award-winning writers who made up part of original teaching faculty along with Raisor (but are now also either retired or relocated) are legends in their own right—Toi Derricotte, Tony Ardizzone, Janet Peery, Scott Cairns, Sheri Reynolds, Tim Seibles, and Michael Pearson. Other faculty that ODU’s MFA Creative Writing Program was privileged to briefly have in its ranks include Molly McCully Brown and Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley.

"What we’ve also found to be consistently true is how collegial this program is — with a lively and supportive cohort, and friendships that last beyond time spent here." — Luisa A. Igloria, Louis I. Jaffe Endowed Professor & University Professor of English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University

Our student body is diverse — from all over the country as well as from closer by. Over the last ten years, we’ve also seen an increase in the number of international students who are drawn to what our program has to offer: an exciting three-year curriculum of workshops, literature, literary publishing, and critical studies; as well as opportunities to teach in the classroom, tutor in the University’s Writing Center, coordinate the student reading series and the Writers in Community outreach program, and produce the student-led literary journal  Barely South Review . The third year gives our students more time to immerse themselves in the completion of a book-ready creative thesis. And our students’ successes have been nothing but amazing. They’ve published with some of the best (many while still in the program), won important prizes, moved into tenured academic positions, and been published in global languages. What we’ve also found to be consistently true is how collegial this program is — with a lively and supportive cohort, and friendships that last beyond time spent here.

Our themed studio workshops are now offered as hybrid/cross genre experiences. My colleagues teach workshops in horror, speculative and experimental fiction, poetry of place, poetry and the archive — these give our students so many more options for honing their skills. And we continue to explore ways to collaborate with other programs and units of the university. One of my cornerstone projects during my term as 20 th  Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth was the creation of a Virginia Poets Database, which is not only supported by the University through the Perry Library’s Digital Commons, but also by the MFA Program in the form of an assistantship for one of our students. With the awareness of ODU’s new integration with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and its impact on other programs, I was inspired to design and pilot a new 700-level seminar on “Writing the Body Fantastic: Exploring Metaphors of Human Corporeality.” In the fall of 2024, I look forward to a themed graduate workshop on “Writing (in) the Anthropocene,” where my students and I will explore the subject of climate precarity and how we can respond in our own work.

Even as the University and wider community go through shifts and change through time, the MFA program has grown with resilience and grace. Once, during the six years (2009-15) that I directed the MFA Program, a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) university-wide review amended the guidelines for what kind of graduate student would be allowed to teach classes (only those who had  already  earned 18 or more graduate credits). Thus, two of our first-year MFA students at that time had to be given another assignment for their Teaching Assistantships. I thought of  AWP’s hallmarks of an effective MFA program , which lists the provision of editorial and publishing experience to its students through an affiliated magazine or press — and immediately sought department and upper administration support for creating a literary journal. This is what led to the creation of our biannual  Barely South Review  in 2009.

In 2010,  HuffPost  and  Poets & Writers  listed us among “ The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs ” (better underrated than overrated, right?) — and while our MFA Creative Writing Program might be smaller than others, we do grow good writers here. When I joined the faculty in 1998, I was excited by the high caliber of both faculty and students. Twenty-five years later, I remain just as if not more excited, and look forward to all the that awaits us in our continued growth.

This essay was originally published in the Spring 2024 edition of Barely South Review , ODU’s student-led literary journal. The University’s growing MFA in Creative Writing program connects students with a seven-member creative writing faculty in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

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University of Missouri - St. Louis

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St. Charles Community College

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Lindenwood University

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Arts and Sciences Summer Exploration Program

The Arts and Sciences Summer Exploration program offers middle and high school students one-week intensive enrichment courses intended to introduce them to new areas of study or allow them to engage in content they may already have an interest in. In-person classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and are taught by Ohio State faculty, staff, and graduate students. Teaching is active, hands-on and encourages participants to engage with the instructional team and their fellow participants. These courses are not for grade or credit and are designed for self-motivated learners.  

Eligibility is based on a participant’s current grade level for the 2023-2024 school year. Students currently enrolled in 7 th and 8 th grades are eligible for middle school courses. Students currently enrolled in 9 th – 11 th grade are eligible for high school courses. 

If you have questions about this program, please contact [email protected] or call Courtney Price at 614-292-8208. 

The application deadline for Summer 2024 courses has passed. We invite you to sign up for updates  to receive information about our programs and be alerted when the when future application windows open.  

2024 Course Offerings

Explorations in creative writing.

Dates : June 3–7

Eligibility : Middle School (current grade 7-8)

Description : In this course, we will take a deep dive into poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing! In each genre, we’ll be thinking about what it means to develop our own individual writing voice that’s unique to who we are. During the week, we will experiment with daily writing exercises based off prompts crafted to spark creativity and seek inspiration from reading classic and contemporary literary work, as well as different forms of art, such as music and collage. 

Through this course, participants will hone their writing voice in multiple genres. By the end of the course, each participant will have an impressive portfolio of writing developed in our supportive writing community. 

Prerequisites:  Previous experience with the subject matter is not required for this course.

Astronomy as a Gateway to the Data Sciences

Eligibility : High School (current grade 9-11)

Description : Astronomy has entered the “big data” era, in which huge collections of measurements are analyzed to attack the most challenging problems. In this course, we will explore how even the simplest data – the positions and brightness of stars – can address an active research problem. We will build the components of a data analysis pipeline using the most basic parts of the Python programming language, and use real data to search for young stars that have diffused away from the clusters they were born in. 

This course will explore many aspects of competency in the data sciences. This is a true research project! We do not know the answers in advance but will discover them as part of our course. This course will include small group exploration, interviews, peer teaching, and pair programming. Through this course students will learn basic statistical analysis, and gain experience in several fundamentals in the Python programming language. 

Prerequisites: 

  • Participants should have completed high school algebra or geometry prior to taking this course. 
  • Previous experience with astronomy and programming is not required for this course. 

Specific Course Requirements:

  • Contact  [email protected] if lack of access to a personal computer would limit participation.

Sensational Science: Exploring Human Perception

Description : Discover the wonders and mysteries of how we perceive the world around us. Participants will explore not only the traditional five senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch — but also examine proprioception, nociception, balance, and the complex neural networks that integrate sensory information. 

Through a dynamic blend of lectures, hands-on experiments, interactive activities, and group discussions, participants will learn the science behind how we perceive our environment and ourselves. This course will enhance critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills through investigations of how our brains interpret sensory information. Going beyond the basics, this course will uncover the fascinating spectrum of sensory and perception disorders. From the challenges of navigating the world with color blindness or anosmia to the extraordinary experiences of synesthesia, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of how diverse the human experience of the world can be. 

Prerequisites:  Previous experience with the subject matter is not required for this course. 

Printmaking

Dates : June 10-14 Eligibility : Middle School (current grade 7-8)

Description : This studio-based, hands-on course will be held in the Ohio State Print Shop in Hopkins Hall. Participants will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques including screenprinting, relief printing, monoprinting, risography, and bookmaking. Participants will have the option to focus their work through the lens of comics, storytelling, and character design, if they so choose. At the end of the week participants will visit the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library on Ohio State campus, where they will view exhibitions and archives of comics and sequential art. 

Through this course, participants will learn how to operate specialized printing presses, tools, and equipment. Participants will create an original portfolio of printed works on paper and fabric. Participants will have the opportunity to share their prints and acquire works by their fellow participants through a course print exchange.

During this course students will use sharp tools and operate printmaking equipment. Students will be supervised and provided with personal safety training for every technique, but there is an inherent risk of injury.

Prerequisites: Previous studio art experience is not required to successfully participate in this course.

Course Specific Requirements:

  • Close-toe shoes are recommended.
  • Clothing may get art materials on them. Participants should dress accordingly.

Intercultural Competence for Future Global Leaders 

Dates : June 24-28

Description : Intercultural competence is conceptualized as a lifelong process that includes the development of the attitudes (respect and valuing of other cultures, openness, curiosity), knowledge (of self, culture, sociolinguistic issues) skills (listen, observe, interpret, analyze, evaluate, and relate), and qualities (adaptability, flexibility, empathy and cultural decentering) in order to behave and communicate effectively and appropriately to achieve one’s goals. 

In this course, participants will learn what it takes to become globally-minded and acquire the skills to navigate in multiple, diverse, global and local networks. Participants will understand the core concepts related to culture and intercultural competence, learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL), develop cultural self-awareness, and understand the relationship between intercultural competence, citizenship and leadership. 

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Application and deadline

The 2024 Arts and Sciences Summer Exploration Program application will remain open through May 15 . Space in each course is limited, so individual courses may fill before the May 15 deadline. 

If a participant requires an accommodation such as interpretation to participate in this program, please contact the program at [email protected] or 614-292-8208. Requests should be made as soon as possible. Requests made two weeks before the first day of a course will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

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Costs and aid

The program fee for the Arts and Sciences Summer Exploration 2024 program is  $550 per one-week course , which includes all course materials and activities, lunch, and snacks.

Limited need-based financial assistance may be available in the form of partial support. Financial assistance can be requested on the program application.  

Payment deadlines

Applicants have one week to accept their offer of admission to the program and pay the program fee. All payments must be made through the applicant portal. Once an offer is accepted and payment made, the parent or legal guardian must submit emergency contact and medical information, as well as signed Policy Acknowledgement and Consent forms no later than May 27, 2024.   

Refund Policy

The Arts and Sciences Summer Exploration Program recognizes that sometimes plans change. Participants may request a refund of the program fee by emailing [email protected] according to the following schedule:

  • On or before May 1, 2024: 100% of program fee paid
  • May 2 – May 15, 2024: 50% of program fee paid
  • On or after May 16, 2024: No refund of program fee paid

Program Details

While plans for each course may differ slightly, the daily schedule follows this general model:

  • Drop off 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
  • Morning session 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Travel to lunch 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch at Traditions 11:45 - 12:45 p.m. 
  • Travel time 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. 
  • On campus activity 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
  • Afternoon session 2:00-3:45 p.m.
  • Travel to pick-up location 3:45 - 4 p.m.
  • Pick up 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Participants will always be escorted between pick-up/drop-off, their assigned classroom, the dining hall, and the on-campus activity by program staff. Additional information about the program will be emailed to participants and families, as needed, closer to the start of the program. 

Lunch will be provided daily at the Traditions at Scott dining hall and will be supervised by program staff. Traditions provides a wide variety of food options that meet the most common dietary needs and restrictions, including halal, gluten-free and vegetarian. However, kosher dining is not supported during summer term. 

The pick-up and drop-off location for students is the corner of Annie and John Glenn Avenue and Millikin Road, outside of the PAES building (see maps below). Please drop your child off from the eastbound lane of Annie and John Glenn Avenue. The drop-off/pick-up location will be marked with a sign and program staff will be present to check your child in and out of the program. 

If you are using a navigation system for directions, enter the following address: 305 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210.

Please do not park in the drop-off/pick-up lane. If you need to park, or your child is driving themselves to and from the program, the closest surface lot parking is at the Ohio Stadium. The closest garage parking is Tuttle Garage. You can learn more about parking at Ohio State, including hourly rates, on the CampusParc website . 

Map of Ohio State campus, with route for drop-off and pick-up of summer program students highlighted.

The image above shows the ideal route to the drop off and pick up location. The image below shows the drop off and pick up lane from the street view. 

Photo of the drop off and pick up location.

For those riding COTA, the closest bus stop to the drop-off/pick-up location is N. High Street & E. 15th Avenue. See the COTA website for more information. 

The first day of the program will kick-off with a brief orientation session. At 8:45 a.m. program staff will walk the students to the orientation location. At the orientation, students will receive a program t-shirt and lanyard, the program staff will be introduced, and the daily schedule will be reviewed. After orientation, students will be escorted to their classrooms and the morning session will begin.  

What to Wear

Participants should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the classroom, as well as for a range of temperatures. For most courses, participants will spend most of the day inside air-conditioned classrooms. However, we will be walking between the drop-off/pick-up location, classrooms, campus locations and the dining hall. Dressing in layers and wearing comfortable walking shoes is recommended. Any course specific requirements are listed in the course description. 

Friday What to Wear

Each Friday on the last day of classes, we will take pictures of each class cohort. We encourage participants to wear their Arts & Sciences Summer Exploration t-shirt on Friday for this event!

Daily Packing List

  • Cell phone and charger (optional)
  • Any special academic materials needed for courses beyond this basic list will be provided by the program.
  • Snacks and water: Participants should bring a refillable water bottle every day. While the program will provide an afternoon snack, participants are allowed to bring their own snacks. However, we request that, for the safety of participants with nut allergies, no snacks containing nuts be brought to the program.
  • Personal medications in their original labeled containers (if taken during the day)
  • Sunscreen and umbrella or rain jacket (optional)

The documents linked below are samples of the required program forms. Once an applicant accepts their offer of admission, the parent or legal guardian will receive an email from DocuSign with links to these forms. Forms must be reviewed and signed by May 27, 2024 .  

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Celebrating Health Profession Students' Poetry, Prose, and Visual Arts

Program for Humanities in Medicine 2024 Health Professions Creative Writing and Art Contest Awards Ceremony

Lenique Huggins - First place in Art category

Created by MD student Hang Nguyen. Second place in Art category

WInston Trope - Honorable Mention in Art category

Zeynep Inanoglu - Honorable Mention in Art category

2024 PHM Health Professions Creative Writing and Art Contest Award Ceremony - Student Winners

Winning artwork

Black Motherhood in Medicine

Created by MD student Lenique Huggins. First place in Art category

These Small Things

These are the titles of the poetry, prose, and visual artworks that received first-place in the annual Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Program for Humanities in Medicine (PHM) Health Professions Students' Creative Writing & Art Contest. On May 2, the student winners were celebrated at a gathering where they shared and often provided context for their creations. A supportive and appreciative audience applauded enthusiastically after each presentation.

Professor and PHM Director Anna Reisman, MD, welcomed everyone to the celebration, sharing that the contest began more than two decades ago. It originally was a poetry and prose contest just for medical students; the family of Marguerite Rush Lerner, MD, established and endowed the contest to honor her. Lerner was a dermatologist at YSM, as well as a children’s book author. (Lerner’s husband, Aaron Lerner, MD, PhD, was the first chair of Yale’s Department of Dermatology, and two of their four sons, Ethan Lerner, MD, PhD ‘82 and Michael Lerner, MD ’81, attended YSM.) Reisman explained that several years ago the contest expanded to include visual arts, and also students from across the health profession schools and programs—MD, MD-PhD, Physician Associate, Physician Assistant Online, Nursing, and Public Health.

This year, almost 100 students participated in the contest. MD student winners receive the Marguerite Rush-Lerner prize; the other Yale health professions students receive the Program for Humanities in Medicine prize. See the list of winners under "Related Links."

While second-year MD student Lenique Huggins had been thinking about creating Black Motherhood in Medicine for a few months, it only took two evenings to do so, once she began.

She explains that the inspiration for the piece started in her first week of medical school, when she learned that the maternal mortality rate for Black mothers is 2.6 more than non-Hispanic white mothers. “As a young Black woman, this statistic especially pained me and my close friends.” Additionally, she says that in classes throughout the year, she was part of formal and informal discussions about being a mother in medicine. “I heard from classmates across racial backgrounds about their real fears of balancing pregnancy with their medical training and pregnancy complications among medical professionals.” That led her to begin to think about “my intersection as a future Black mother in medicine and the challenges I may face because of these identities. Now, as a second-year student, I created a piece that captures something I have thought much about these past two years.”

Huggins grew up in a Caribbean household close to art and culture from all over the world. “I’ve always been surrounded by music, dance, storytelling, and visual art, and my family hosted international students throughout my childhood. I started playing the piano at age three, and have been singing, dancing, and doodling for as long as I can remember.” However, it was not until she was an undergraduate at Duke University and participated in community service that she “began to understand the therapeutic value of art.”

Through her involvement in different programs at that time, including Families Moving Forward, a shelter for families without homes, and Reflections, a weekly art program for adults with dementia at Duke Nasher Museum, Huggins says, “I saw how encouraging self-expression could bring peace during uncertain times, reduce stress, and empower communities. When I went through a rough time in my sophomore year, I found myself using painting for a lot of healing.”

Huggins continues, “I will continue practicing art. It’s a self-care practice that helps me combat burnout and show up better for patients who need me.”

Class of 2025 MD student Hang Nguyen started painting at age 11, when her family immigrated to America from Vietnam. She explains, “I did not speak English at the time, so art was a vessel through which I could communicate my tumultuous adolescent mind.”

Currently, she paints often and says her favorite subject is “surreal, tranquil, and, occasionally, liminal landscapes, such as a classroom at midnight, an overgrown, abandoned church, and a long corridor that leads nowhere. For me, these landscapes represent a longing for a space that exists tranquilly, where one can be one's true self.”

Nguyen painted Submerged specifically for this contest; “In other words, this contest inspired me to look inward and reflect on — instead of simply overcome and move forward from — the challenges that I have encountered in medical school.” Through the work she wanted “to convey the various feelings that I experienced while studying for board exams using motifs that are near and dear to me like water and fish in a surreal, tranquil, and liminal ambience.” She painted it during time dedicated to Step 1, over the course of a week, working on it for an hour to two at night.

Hunger , On Chinese Medicine , and On the First Day of Anatomy Lab

First-year Physician Associate (PA) student Kelly Dunn was honored with three prizes: A tie for first place in prose for Hunger , a tie for second place in poetry for On Chinese Medicine , and honorable mention in prose for On the First Day of Anatomy Lab , each of which she shared with the audience. While Dunn, who “always considered the humanities to be a part of my life,” has been an avid reader and artist for as long as she can remember, she did not start writing until the COVID-19 pandemic. She says she mostly wrote nonfiction, and only semi-frequently, “whenever something momentous transpired, or I suddenly felt called to it,” explaining, “so much of my love and appreciation for writing comes from the fact that it’s a medium to better articulate an experience through. Having something so fresh and felt so acutely is a wonderful impetus to begin writing.”

The contest was one of Dunn’s first times writing poetry, “I’ve always been intimidated by it. Learning the different poetic forms and metric lines, as well as how to be economical with my words, seems like something I’ll never be able to achieve.” She continued, “I’m grateful for this contest for giving me an opportunity to try”

For Dunn, writing in PA school has been “incredibly helpful processing all that has happened. Every day I vacillate between feelings of immense wonder, humility, and gratitude— and these words in themselves don’t even do the moments I’ve witnessed justice.”

Acknowledgements

Reisman thanked PHM Manager Karen Kolb for her work coordinating the contest, and the 16 YSM faculty and staff members who served as judges:

Aba Black, MD, MHS, Anne Merritt, MD, MS, Terry Dagradi, Sarah Cross, MD, Lorence Gutterman, MD, Melissa Grafe, PhD, Randi Hutter-Epstein, MD, MPH, Kenneth Morford, MD, Sharon Ostfeld-Johns, MD, Vincent Quagliarello, MD, Lisa Sanders, MD, Nora Segar, MD, Elizabeth Marhoffer, MD, Rita Rienzo MMSC, PA-C, Sharon Chekijian, MD, PhH, and Cynthia McNamara, MD.

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  • Aba Black, MD, MHS
  • Sharon Anoush Chekijian, MD, MPH
  • Sarah Cross, MD
  • Terry Dagradi
  • Randi Epstein
  • Melissa Grafe, PhD
  • Lorence Gutterman, MD
  • Lenique Huggins
  • Karen P Kolb
  • Elizabeth Marhoffer, MD
  • Cynthia Frary McNamara, MD, FACP
  • Anne Merritt, MD, MS
  • Kenneth Morford, MD, FASAM
  • Hang Nguyen
  • Sharon Ostfeld-Johns, MD, IBCLC
  • Vincent Quagliarello, MD
  • Anna Reisman, MD
  • Rita Rienzo, MMSc, PA-C
  • Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP
  • Nora Segar, MD

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  • Contest winners
  • 4 YSN Students Earn Prizes at Health Professions Creative Writing and Art Contest
  • On Chinese Medicine
  • On the First Day of Anatomy Lab

International Programs

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Meet Jongkwan Yun: From South Korea to Iowa, gaining real-world experience in sport management

Jongkwan Yun is a senior at the University of Iowa (UI) majoring in sport and recreation management with a concentration area in communications public relations/journalism, while minoring in news and media literacy. Yun's interest in sports began as a ski instructor at Konjiam Resort in South Korea. When he was a student in sports management at a Korean college, he had a chance to study abroad in Canada and intern at IFung Sports Management, a Canadian soccer agency . These experiences led him to transfer to Iowa to further his undergraduate studies and gain work experience.  

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“I was accepted to several colleges in the U.S. when I was looking to transfer, and the two biggest reasons I chose Iowa were credit recognition and field experience classes,” reflected Yun. “I chose my concentration area and minor because there is an unofficial saying in sport management: ‘A minor is mandatory, double major is optional.’ Also, Iowa ranks high in journalism.”

"Embrace the challenge! It is okay to get hit a lot and get hurt a lot — we are students at Iowa, where we have the support and resources to help us get back up if we fall."

Internship at the Iowa Cubs

After gaining hands-on field experience from the UI Athletic Department Fans First, Yun is currently interning in the operations and promotions department of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, through curricular practical training (CPT). “The help from UI International Student and Scholar Services and Professor Anna Jensen, director of Office of Field Experience in sport and recreation management, was invaluable when getting a full-time CPT,” shared Yun, who is a recipient of the 2024 UI International Student Graduation Most Unique CPT Award.  

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Future career aspirations

Looking ahead, Yun aims to land a position with a major South Korean company later this year, like Hyundai or CJ CheilJedang, both of which have a sport management and marketing department. If that does not work out, he plans to use Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work for a Major League team in the U.S. before returning to South Korea to work in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).  

Advice for international students

Yun suggested, “Take advantage of CPT and OPT opportunities. Many things can be learned through classes at school, but I think more things can be learned in the field while working.” Emphasizing his practical approach, he added, “It’s better to draw your dreams through one experience rather than through many contemplations.”

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Yun’s closing message is a note of self-reflection and encouragement to fellow international students: Embrace the challenge! It is okay to get hit a lot and get hurt a lot — we are students at Iowa, where we have the support and resources to help us get back up if we fall. 

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2024 Program for Humanities in Medicine Health Professions Creative Medical Writing and Art Contest: “These Small Things” by Courtney Hart

Yale university’s 2024 program for humanities in medicine (phm) health professions creative medical writing and art contest awarded first prize in the prose category to courtney hart ’25 msn, a nurse midwifery/women’s health student. to read more about yale school of nursing (ysn)’s other prize winners in this contest, please visit ysn news ., these small things, by courtney hart, to read more about yale school of nursing (ysn)’s other prize winners in this contest,  please visit ysn news ..

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