Students will develop their self-expression through the creative writing process. They will be expected to write every day, including journaling, essays and creative work, to help them develop confidence in their unique writing styles. High-quality mentor texts and student writing samples will be used as the foundation for exploring grammar and mechanics. Students will be introduced to the basic differences between academic essays and literary essays, including the development of the thesis statement and the most common MLA citation formats. They will actively engage in the peer-review and editing processes to organize and polish their writing. The capstone project will be a major writing project (creative writing or expanded essay) associated with the student’s primary interests and academic objectives.