Polaris REvision Workshops

Level 1: Middle School Students

Level 2: High School Students

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"Rewriting is the essence of writing well: it's where the game is won or lost."

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Private Session Length: One Hour 

Program Overview

What is revision? Revision means what it looks like: RE-vision, to see again (from the Latin revisere). Our workshops are neither just about fixing commas and punctuations (that’s called proofreading) nor just about improving style and coherence (that’s called editing). Our workshops have a greater ambition: guiding students to reflect on the very thinking behind their work and to effect larger conceptual shifts that involve focus, audience, and organization. 

In our workshops, we provide young writers with one-on-one mentorship on how to think and how to write. We value the opportunities to work with writers at all levels of experience and strive to give them the best guidance to deepen their thinking and voyage further in their intellectual journey.

 

Write to learn, write to engage, and write to change! 

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Semesterly Writing Coaching

Each semester, our students submit to us a piece of their best writing over the past few months. We will provide feedback on all aspects of their writing and recommend resources for them to improve as they confidently embrace the next semester. We encourage students to keep a portfolio of their writings to document their growth as a thinker and writer. 

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Essay Contest Coaching

We guide talented young writers to improve their submissions to essay contests, including Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (eligible grades: 7-12), the nation’s most prestigious program for creative teens. Our guidance covers all categories of Scholastic Writing Awards, including Critical Essay, Flash Fiction, Humor, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Short Story.

Coach #1: Dr. Kemick

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Dr. Kemick is an award-winning poet, journalist, and fiction writer. His nonfiction book, I Am Herod, takes readers backstage and undercover at one of the world’s largest religious events. He is also the author of Caribou Run, a collection of poetry.

Dr. Kemick has published widely in all three genres, and his work has been included in anthologies in North America and Europe. He is the recipient of multiple awards including two National Magazine Awards.

Selected Juries and Committees of Writing Contests

Judge - Word on the Lake Festival (Fiction), 2021
Judge - New Brunswick Book Awards (Nonfiction), 2019
Jury - Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2017
Reader - CBC, Poetry Prize, 2017
Judge - League of Canadian Poets, Jessamy Stursberg Prize, 2017
Judge - The Fiddlehead, Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, 2016

PhD. in English/Creative Writing

Coach #2: Dr. Prusko

PhD. in English

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Dr. Prusko is a university educator with over two decades’ experience teaching literature, writing, and communications courses. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the recipient of a Faculty of Arts Teaching Award and the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. While teaching is her main focus, she also researches and publishes in the areas of Shakespeare, early modern drama, and children’s literature.

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