"I write in order to know what I think." - Flannery O'Connor
Charlotte Latin teaches writing as an academic skill and as an art form of self expression. Latin's writing instruction focuses upon writing across the curriculum, so that all academic disciplines are engaged and reinforce best practices. Beginning with instruction to establish a strong foundation in grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, the faculty guides students as they progress to successively higher levels of exploration of literary forms and writing styles.
Creative writing exercises are woven into writing instruction at every grade level, from Lower School students' diary entries to publication of the Blue Review literary magazine by Upper School students. Middle and Upper School students participate in the Creative Writing Club and the Performance Poetry Club. These clubs offer leadership development opportunities for young writers to lead writing workshops for peers, to work with professional poets in Charlotte and also writers from Charlotte Latin Alumni in the Arts, to collaborate with peers on writing projects, to practice effective public reading and performance skills, to submit their writing to the Blue Review (see above), to host Words Matter Open-Mic Readings during fall and spring semesters, and to help host the Blue Review Coffee House at the end of the year. The goal of Latin's writing program is not only to prepare students to convey information clearly, but also to be able to express their thoughts, emotions, and convictions through the written word.
Each year, our students win regional and national recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Latin's students have earned multiple Governor's Awards for excellent writing on the regional level as well as multiple American Voices Medals and Gold and Silver Medals on the national level. Our award-winning students also have been published in Scholastic's Best Teen Writing, and have been honored on stage at Carnegie Hall as outstanding young writers.