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LOHS Opens Writers Workshop

There’s already something to look forward to in 2017: a new writing center is in the works at LOHS!

The program is meant for upperclassmen proficient in writing to help their peers with essays and writing assignments from any class. Lessons on grammar or literary devices will be covered if needed. There will also be upperclassmen to help out with Junior research papers.

The center will be located in the library after school, anywhere from two to four days a week. It aims to be open from 2:45 to 4 p.m. but may change depending on mentors’ schedules.

Ruth Sylvester, the founder of the program, describes it as “a safe, task driven space where students will be able to get help with writing from their peers.” When asked about the purpose of the program, she says,

“I’m enlisting peer writing mentors because I understand that writing itself is a highly personal process, and I believe the connection between peers will help make that process less daunting. I’m excited about this project because I grew exponentially as a writer during my work as a peer writing mentor in college, and I want to share that experience with the students of Lake Oswego High School.”

Currently, the program is looking for more mentors. Juniors and Seniors are especially encouraged to apply. Mentors will complete several weeks of training beforehand, and training times will be set according to mentors’ availability. Mentors will also attend monthly progress meetings. Mentors will be the backbone of the program.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Ruth Sylvester as soon as possible at sylvestr@ loswego.k12.or.us.

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