A Corona del Mar author and mother of a high school junior will be teaching an SAT writing course beginning this week.
The $225, four-week course will teach students how to assess essay questions and write organized, thoughtful responses in timed situations, said Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.
“The writing part of the SAT test can make all the difference, and our kids just do not get motivated enough in school to have fun writing,” she said. “Teachers won’t be happy with me saying that, but it’s true. I see that with Travis, who is–yikes!–going into 11th grade.”
With her son in mind, DeMarco-Barrett and high school teacher Debra Cross put together the summer writing course. The classes will included one-on-one instruction and will be limited to 10 students, and will feature practice tests and “painless homework.”
Wednesday sessions will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Tuesday/Thursday classes will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. August 3, 5, 10 and 12. The classes will meet in DeMarco-Barrett’s home studio in Corona del Mar.
DeMarco-Barrett’s first book, “Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within,” is a Los Angeles Times best-seller and a 2005 ASJA Best Book Award, is in its eighth printing. She has published essays in many local and national publications, and she has taught creative writing at UC-Irvine Extension since 2000. She also hosts the radio show, “Writers on Writing,” which broadcasts from UC-Irvine. Her son, Travis Barrett, will be a junior at Corona del Mar High School in the fall.
Cross is an English teacher from Huntington Beach Union High School District who has taught ninth through 12th grades. She conducts a writing-centered classroom where her primary goal is to help students become strong communicators who are able to write to every situation, including standardized tests such as the SAT. Debra has studied the research and theory behind what helps students become better writers and is a book doctor/writing coach and an editor.
For more information, visit the Pen on Fire website.
Article from Corona del Mar Today.