Debate Team

Writopia’s Debate Team workshop provides our middle schoolers with information and skills needed to join the competitive debate circuit, while also fostering the cooperative and creative environment that characterizes Writopia. Debaters work with a set team over the course of the workshop and explore a variety of topics and stances through the use of sparring and gameplay. In addition to providing your writer with crucial debate skills, this workshop will strengthen our kids’ and teens’ critical thinking abilities, creativity, confidence and teamwork.

Near the conclusion of this workshop, Writopia will provide a Parliamentary Debate tournament for the debaters. During this tournament, writers will gain direct experience with parliamentary competitive debate as they spend a full day sparring on various topics selected from a list provided to them in advance.

Following our tournament, we will switch gears as a workshop from competition to cooperation, and we will focus on solution building for a pre-selected issue together. Through this, your debater will tackle the issue in a deep and nuanced way while gaining a greater understanding of the value of collaboration.

The hallmark of a productive debate is not persuasion, but insight. In a good argument, you're as motivated to learn as to convince. You can declare victory when everyone involved has deepened their understanding, broadened their knowledge, or evolved their thinking.

Adam Grant, Author

Thank you so much for the kind feedback about Jeeya. This was her first experience with debate and she had no clue how an actual debate is conducted until the first debate on electoral college and she definitely has a better understanding of it. This class is the highlight of her week and she has taken immense interest in the actual elections because of the debate Classes. We will definitely be signing up for the winter sessions.

Vidhi B., Parent

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