FLEX HeadStart: English & Writing Pathway

Rigorous, high-level courses in the craft of writing and tools for analysis for students who are serious about the humanities.

Classes include Creative Writing, Persuasive Essay, Literature Analysis, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and more...

The FLEX English & Writing Pathway leverages the deep knowledge and expertise of its instructors to help students build confidence in their writing and introduce or reinforce different writing techniques.

Our approach is not only to provide students with high-level instruction but also help them apply their learning through ambitious projects, cultural analysis, and editorials.

The FLEX English & Writing Pathway offers an engaging experience in all genres of writing. In 2021-2022, the FLEX Writing Pathway will focus on non-fiction & academic writing as follows but contact your local FLEX center for a full list of course offerings.

(Courses do not need to be taken in sequence though it is recommended.)

Learn the key components to creative writing while documenting your personal memories and experiences in your autobiography.

Research and document the life of an influential person of your choice. Learn researching skills and cultural analysis. Good preparation for upper-level English Lit and History classes.

Apply researching skills to history. Learn how to get a big picture view of history and evaluate evidence. Good preparation for AP classes in the humanities.

Taking a deep look at the trends and cultural objects that surround them, students learn to craft innovative arguments by writing sociocultural commentaries. In addition to becoming more persuasive writers, students grow into more informed readers and creative, original thinkers.

In this course, students focus on building a thoughtful, well-supported argument about a work of literature—the single most important skill for success in English and language-arts classes.

By mastering advanced organizational and rhetorical strategies, students become adept at becoming persuasive communicators, creating arguments that are logically sound and compelling.

Meet The English & Writing Team

FLEX’s English & Writing Pathway program employs only experienced, top-level instructors and curriculum writers. 

  • Stanford University: Stegner Fellowship in fiction (2017–2019)
  • Johns Hopkins University: Teaching fellow Johns Hopkins CTY: Teacher
  • and curriculum developer
  • Education: Stanford MA Literature, Johns Hopkins BA/MA Writing
  • Publications in Michigan Quarterly review, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, and Best American Short Stories 2018
  • Debut collection of short stories, Skinship, forthcoming from Knopf: a division of Penguin/Random House
  • Recipient of University of California STAR Award for exemplary work performance as a research editor at UCLA
  • Columbia Scholastic Press Association Certificate of Merit for Editorial Leadership
  • Founder of Yale Undergraduate Journal of Comparative Literature
  • Education: Yale BA Literature English & Admitted to Harvard Law and Stanford Law
  • Troy High School: Graduate & Editor in Chief
  • Stanford University: Former Undergraduate Reading & Writing Lecturer
  • Stanford University: PhD Art History
  • San Francisco State University: B.A. Creative Writing
  • Former Editor for Transfer Magazine, SF State’s literary publication