The Design & Communication Workshop

July 6-July 23, 2021 | 9 am-noon, 1 - 4 pm

Explore exciting topics in speech & debate, writing, and city building in this three-week workshop! Choose from our morning (9am - noon) or our afternoon (1 - 4 pm) session. Full description of topics are below.

Speech & Debate

Students will master the basics of competitive Speech & Debate. Whether their goal is to overcome fear of public speaking, prepare arguments for a social studies debate, or get a glimpse of what competing on the SHC Speech & Debate Team will be like, students will practice public speaking skills that will help them in any academic pursuit. Students will learn how to deliver a variety of oral presentations and to master the basics of parliamentary debate, which can be useful in the classroom, at debate tournaments and at the family dinner table. Activities will include public speaking games, mock-trials and tournaments.

Instructor: Christine Buell

Creative Writing

Find out how words can create images, engage the senses, inspire emotions, and invite us on journeys to new places. We’ll explore different genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, to exercise the old adage, “Show, don’t tell.” It has been said that writing is a muscle. Throughout the week we will flex our writing muscles with collaborative exercises, readings, prompts and journaling. Whether you are working on a research paper, high school or college admissions essay, writing an email to a teacher, or adding a new post to your blog, the value of good writing skills is endless.

Writers will find inspiration in the world around them, and we’ll chronicle our daily adventures and favorite pieces in an online literary journal.

Instructor: Clarissa Mendiola

City Building (Urban Planning)

Approximately 80% of Americans currently live in an urban area. But how did we transition from a predominantly rural, agricultural nation into an urbanized, industrial one? More specifically, how did the cities most of us live in become cities in the first place?

We will consider how cities “happen"—how and why they are founded and develop, and what makes them work … and sometimes not work. We focus on several of the world’s most famous cities, including San Francisco. We’ll venture out of the classroom on field trips to consider the various physical features that helped determine the evolution and character of our City, as well as visit with representatives of the San Francisco Planning Department to gain insights into the San Francisco of the future.

Throughout the week, we will synthesize what we’ve learned about urban planning by designing and building cities of our own using urban-planning software.

Instructor: John Zwolinski


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