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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Writing Arguments That Matter

Gain confidence in your ability to master high school and college writing tasks by learning to ask compelling research questions and write effective arguments. In this course, we’ll walk through the steps of writing a persuasive argument from start to finish: from choosing an important and relevant topic, crafting a question and conducting research to writing an argument that contributes valuable and original insights. You’ll learn skills that’ll help you expertly navigate academic conversations and craft complex arguments, as well as strategies to make your writing more persuasive.

What You'll Learn

  • How to craft compelling research questions
  • Tips for finding and evaluating useful sources that advance your argument
  • How to identify differences between weak and strong arguments
  • Approaches for incorporating other perspectives into your writing
  • Strategies that make your writing persuasive

Who Should Register

This course is for ninth to 12th graders who want to learn argumentative writing strategies. It's not a creative writing course, and it's not for those who need remedial writing help. All students should have a high level of English language proficiency.


Jennifer Cuffman (online) and TBD (in person)

More Information

The in-person section of this course is taught on the UW Seattle campus.

This online course is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam.

See the Policies page for details about registration, refunds, waitlists and more.

Earn a Digital Badge

After participating in this course, you can claim a Youth & Teen Programs digital badge that you can share with prospective colleges, universities and employers and on social media.


Aug 12–Aug 23, 2024

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Jul 1, 2024