Write Like Cicero: Classical Tools For Modern Writing

Write Like Cicero: Classical Tools For Modern Writing

Regular price $135.00

  • $675 (à la carte  tuition per class)
  • - $135 (20% tuition deposit required to secure a seat in class)
  • = $540 balance of tuition (due on July 4)

Dates:  July 4- Aug. 24   James Goode 

Mtg. Days:  M, W, F

Mtg. Time (Pacific Time): 11:00 -1:00 PM (2 hrs/day)

Class Description: Has your teacher ever told you your writing needs work? Did you have no idea what he meant—and no idea how to start fixing it even if you did?
Then this course is for you. It turns out that humans have been sharpening their communication skills for a long time. Men like Plato, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Tacitus, John Calvin, John Milton, and many others learned to craft their words in an ancient but ever-refined process. They called it rhetoric, but don’t let the name scare you. It is merely the art of putting words together in a pleasing (and precise) way. This course will teach you some of that art, by working through varied cumulative exercises until a final persuasive paper is produced at the end of class. Since this is a school class, it will mostly focus on academic writing, but these skills can be (and have been) applied to any project you desire!

Note to parents: though grammar will be covered incidentally, this is not designed as an English course—the student in this class should feel fairly confident using nouns, verbs, subject-verb agreement, and other basic components of English. Reading and writing at an eighth-grade level or better is assumed.

Credits: 1 (elective)

Required Materials: 

  • Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  • A Dash of Style by Noah Lukeman
  • King James Bible