Writing classes for kids and teens

Creative and academic writing courses

Kids and teens receive extended practice in creative and academic writing at classes listed here. Creative and academic writing techniques instilled in students in these after-school and weekend programs help them write better essays, articles, stories, and poetry. Tutoring programs are also offered in the list below. Under the lists, learn more about the benefits of writing programs.  Read more

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    Special Needs Support: Mild    Specialized   
    Writing classes and courses for kids and teens

    Power of Words Academy   
    Enrichment Writing & Public Speaking Programs offered year round for kids 7-15. Select in-person classes (North York and Mississauga Campuses) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom).

    Don Mills, Toronto; Markham; Mississauga
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $250
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    Brain Power Enrichment Programs   
    Brain Power (IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL) is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA.

    Throughout Ontario (6)
    Education: Instructor lead (group)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program, Virtual Program
    • from $40
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    Sylvan Learning Oakville   
    At Sylvan Learning of Oakville, we offer tutoring and enrichment in JK-Gr. 12 math, reading, and writing, as well as homework support, SAT and additional test prep courses and more.

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program, Virtual Program
    • from $30
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    LinkedKey has cultivated multiple talented debaters who qualified for Team Canada. They have distinguished themselves as the top-notch competitors or champions in Debate, MUN, DECA tournaments and Math Contest.

    York Mills, Toronto; Markham; Mississauga
    Education: Leadership (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $240
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    Focus Learning Academic Centre   
    An academic enrichment learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens with over 20 course offerings in the Language, STEM, and Leadership streams. Visit us at www.focuslearning.ca

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 15 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $180
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    Kate Language Pinnacle Programs   
    Programs include SSAT, SAT, AP and comprehensive curricula include reading, writing, grammar, public speaking and vocabulary courses. 66% achieve 5 in AP; 20% achieve 95th in SSAT; 52% achieve 1550+ in SAT

    Education: Test Preparation
    • Ages 8 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $50
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    Scholars Education   
    At Scholars Pickering, we believe that world-class curriculum, coupled with qualified caring teachers, leads to success, both inside and outside the classroom. Build confidence, educate, and create results that matter!

    Education: Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 25 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $50
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    After-school programs and classes with some writing instruction
    Brick Works Academy   
    The Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer, and YouTube camps! In-person and virtual programs available

    Throughout Ontario (11)
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 5 to 13 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $250
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    Sidney Ledson Institute   
    Trad./Innovative: AM- Math, English, STEM (entrepreneurship, financial literacy, coding, python, web)/ PM- 2-week workshops:Art & Architecture, Animals & Archeology, Ancient Civilizations & Astronomy, and Magic & Mystery

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $425
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    Empower Learning Centre   
    Join our summer camps at Empower Learning Centre! Engage in fun activities, develop new skills, and make lasting memories. Limited spots available. Register now!

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $80
    Debate Camp   
    For all students interested in public speaking, debating and Model United Nations. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Debate day and overnight camps running June - August.

    Throughout British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario (8)
    Education: Debate
    • Ages 10 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $495
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    Rotherglen Summer Camp   
    Summer Camps will include Robotics, STEM, Art, Sports all taking advantage of our beautiful new state of the art facility. Registration is now open!

    Mississauga; Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $305
    BLI Canada   
    Learn English or French at a specialized language school. Programs and camps for local and international kids and teens in Montreal and Quebec City. Online virtual classes also available.

    Montreal; Quebec City
    Education: Language Instruction
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $300
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    Canadian Contemporary School of Art   
    A contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more!

    Leaside, Toronto; Mississauga; Thornhill
    Arts: Visual Arts (multi)
    • Ages 1 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $40
    daycampcoed401-177Leaside, TorontoMississaugaThornhillOntarioEast-York
    WillowWood School Camp and Summer School   
    WillowWood offers 3 different summer programs: camps for Grades 1-6, skills programs for Gr. 7-9 and high school credits for students in Grades 9-12.

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $300
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    Camp Pathfinder   
    Historic boys' camp on Pathfinder Island, Algonquin Park. Est. 1914. Full in-camp program. Water, land and camping sports. Canoe trips a specialty. Spectacular setting. Exceptional staff, positive culture for boys.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,200
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    Budding Genius   
    Partner of the Canadian Association of Principals. Working with schools all over Canada. 30+ STEAM activities Academic courses to develop each child's inner innovative ability! University prep courses-STEAM Camps-Fre-Eng

    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $190
    Prestige School Summer Programme   
    A day camp with weekly themes that incorporate adventurous outings, artistic creations, scientific experiments, and much more.

    Newtonbrook, Toronto; Willowdale, Toronto; Richmond Hill
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Program, Virtual Program
    • from $430
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    La Citadelle Summer Camp   
    La Citadelle Summer Camp offers unique Programs that incorporate educational enrichment (French, English & Math), with an exciting array of activities, sports, fine arts & technology. Our Camps run for the month of July.

    York Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $450
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    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Veriety of programs for the students of all ages. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $100
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    COC Summer Music Camp   
    Create, Compose, Design, Perform! Explore music and the performing arts through our innovative and engaging Summer Music Camps held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; East York, Toronto
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $395
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    FDT Academy   
    FDT's 2022/23 Debate & Public Speaking programs are offered either online via Zoom or in-person at our Vancouver locale. FDT Academy is renowned for having 40+ of its students make it onto national Debate & Speech teams.

    Education: Debate
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $100
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    Study Circle   
    Study Circle: Igniting the love of learning for children in Gr. 1-10. We offer one-on-one tutoring in Math, English, Arts, and even Yoga! Academic enrichment at its best.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $280
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
    SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts! We offer great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and a core of incredible arts programming, all set on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Arts (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Program
    • from $345
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    Belle Wood Equestrian   
    A traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $645
    New Renaissance Academy Summer Camp   
    Our new premiere school campus offers bilingual education classes in Mandarin/English or French/English. Your child will also enjoy art programs and playing sports, while making new friends in a caring, safe environment.

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $300
    Hive5 Child Learning and Creative Center   
    S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM is critical to the future success of the young generation as the most core concept of future jobs are rooted in the 5 skills of STEAM education.

    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $70
    Hidden City Day Camp - Toronto Bicycle Tours   
    Each day we take a bike ride to discover the people, processes and places that make Toronto go. Along the way we’ll see and get hands-on experience with the hidden, special, unique and unexpected parts of our city!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; Davisville Village, Toronto; Grange Park, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $450
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    French and English language STEAM camps and workshops for kids. Fun, hands-on programming virtually and locally throughout Toronto and York. Learn French while exploring STEM and STEAM.

    Markham; Richmond Hill
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 6 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Virtual Program
    • from $200
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    Block 8 Academy   
    Camps, classes and preschool that are Active, Creative, and a Mix of Indoor and Outdoor! From lake days to art/drama classes, abacus math to music - we have a balanced curriculum that keeps the kids engaged.

    Port Moody
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $50
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    Appleby College Summer Programs   
    Located on our beautiful 60-acre lakeside campus in southwest Oakville, Appleby Summer Programs offer day camp, overnight (NEW) enrichment, leadership and credit program options for campers and students ages 4-17.

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $545
    St. Michael's College School Summer Camps   
    SMCS Camps provides youth with exciting academic, athletic, and artistic outlets, as well as opportunities to learn and grow within a fun and interactive environment. Please visit: smcscamps.com

    Forest Hill, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 14 (Coed, Boys)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $100
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    Radiant Girls   
    All Girls Wellness & Leadership camp/programs led by professional coaches, chefs & teachers. Featuring Cooking, Adventure, Creative Arts, Horses, Spa and Self Care, Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Emotional Inteligence!

    Burlington; Midland
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Virtual Program
    • from $179


    What do children learn in writing classes?

    Kids and teens from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are welcomed in after-school writing programs. Classes teach kids fundamental creative and academic writing skills. Creative writing programs teach kids and teens to write through various forms such as short stories, poetry, and personal essays. Campers are encouraged to write original stories and learn how to create characters. Literary analysis is part of these programs, where students learn how to dissect a narrative’s themes, symbolism, and more. Literary devices are identified here, and children learn about techniques such as foreshadowing, allegory, and imagery. 

    This description is generalized. Consult camps above for specific details of their curriculum

    Academic writing classes help struggling students or those who want academic enrichment. Those in the latter group practice writing persuasive, comparative, and argumentative essays. Programs typically include research activities, and students learn research strategies and tips. 

    In writing tutoring programs, struggling writers receive extra guidance. Instructors work one-on-one with students, or in small groups, to identify specific areas of struggle. Extra credit courses and test preparation courses (for the OSSLT, SATs, etc.) are also offered, though they’re mainly targeted at high school students.

    At all writing classes, your child gains a deeper understanding of writing mechanics. Grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary exercises are offered. Courses improve technical aspects of kids’ writing. 

    Some advanced writing classes help students broaden their range and writing portfolios required for postsecondary education. Students may be invited to submit to writing competitions at the end of the program. Kids and teens increase confidence in their writing and become exposed to the professional writing industry.

    Prices for these classes begin at $50. Tutoring programs typically range around $150, though more intensive classes rise to $800. Public speaking and debate classes are included in the list above, where students learn how to write topical speeches.

    Why go to writing classes?

    Kids and teens gain writing skills in classes and courses above, and there are other benefits too:

    • Improve organizational skills. During the drafting and planning process, kids practice organizing ideas so that, during the writing process, the story or essay is clear to follow.
    • Benefits reading skills. With an enhanced vocabulary and insight gained into the writing process, your child will deepen their appreciation of novels, stories, and other writing. 
    • Develop a personalized writing process. The writing process consists of drafting, composing, and editing. Students learn how to personalize this writing process for their specific needs.
    • Small class sizes. At a typical writing class, kids and teens receive either one-on-one instruction, or smaller teacher-to-student ratios. Feedback is more personalized and specific to each student. 
    • Increased confidence and independence. Workshops in both creative and academic writing encourage kids and teens to share writing with others, accept criticism, and meet deadlines. Writing workshops improve children’s confidence in more than just writing.

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