Writing for Leadership

June 24-27, 2024 Rose Hill

Leaders are communicators. Their ability to convey intentions through the written word sets them apart from their peers. This course will teach students how to use their personal history to benefit their personal and professional development. They will learn the following writing skills: writing for research, writing for business communication, and writing for career opportunities.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Use writing to bridge the gaps between their personal history and their professional goals.
  • Mastering tone to persuade various audiences students will encounter on their collegiate journey and in the professional world.
  • Identify experiences that are appropriate for different audiences and applications.
  • Hone their creative skills to produce written work that can be used in a multitude of arenas, from the classroom to the college application to the job application cover letter.
  • Develop networking skills by modeling mock resumes with current Fordham students.

Overall Takeaways

  • Improved communication skills, particularly in writing, which will contribute to students’ academic and professional success; from composing business emails to writing personal letters or creating blog posts, writing is an in-demand skill.
  • Critical thinking and learning to organize their thoughts logically even when writing creatively.
  • Learning to describe their life experiences to position themselves for leadership.

Course Schedule

Day 1
Welcome, The Don’ts of Writing for Leadership
Day 2
Writing & Career Opportunities
Day 3
Writing & Business Communications 
Day 4
Writing & Research
  • Icebreakers & Getting to Know Each Other
  • The Don’ts of Career-Focused Writing
  • The Don’ts of Business Communication
  • The Don’ts of Research Writing
  • Mock Resume
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • LinkedIn Creation
  • Guest Office: Personal & Professional Development (GSB)
  • LinkedIn Post Creation/Blog Writing
  • Effectively Communicating During Times of Crisis
  • Buy-in & Support from Colleagues
  • Proposal Writing
  • Topic Selection
  • Guest Speaker: Students in Honors Programs  

Course Details

Writing for Leadership
June 24-27, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rose Hill campus
Instructor: Jenna Cook

Course Number: SULA 0150 RP4
CRN: 15866

This non-credit course is open to high school students only.


Residential: $1,650.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, June 23, 2024 and move-out is Friday, June 28, 2024.

Commuter: $1,225.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this non-credit course is open to high school students who have completed their first year. The course is recommended for those with a 3.0 or better. No prior experience with the subject matter is required.

To apply, you will need a copy of your high school transcript and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!