We focus on essay writing and creative writing. Students are taught basic formats for writing different types of essays, as well as strategies for organizing and taking timed essay tests. Because writing is a critical thinking exercise, attention is paid to helping students develop and explain their ideas logically and clearly. Our creative writing program teaches students how to develop their own voice in exploring story elements of plot, character development, and description. Students are also encouraged to explore their use of literary devices, such as symbolism, metaphor, and personification. Methods of critique and revision are introduced to facilitate students understanding of writing as a process that must be continually developed and refined.