Creative Writing | 2021-22

Blue Tent Creative Writing

Our live online creative writing classes are both one-semester in length--and they're designed to delight 7th-12th grade homeschoolers who love to write their own stories and poems and who pine to have time to explore, refine, and share their creations. These small (10-12 students) classes are offered in both the fall and the spring.

Class Details

  • Fall Dates: August 30-December 12, 2021

    • Fantasy to Farce | Every other Friday | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern (CLOSED FOR SPRING 2022)

    • Short Stories to Tall Tales | Every other Friday | 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern (CLOSED FOR SPRING 2022)

  • Spring Dates: January 10-May 1, 2022

    • Fantasy to Farce | Every other Friday | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern (CLOSED FOR SPRING 2022)

    • Short Stories to Tall Tales | Every other Friday | 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern (CLOSED FOR SPRING 2022)

  • ​Students will be interacting with their classmates and the instructor in each live class. They will be actively collaborating with their classmates each week, and are asked to please plan to keep their webcams on.
  • Please see our FAQ for all dates/times/breaks for both classes.
  • Target class cap: 10-15 students per class.

Foundational Elements

In both classes, students will test drive four categories of imaginative writing. Each one-semester class can serve as half an English credit or as a separate elective. Our creative writing classes can be taken in either order.


  • Every other Friday there will be a live one-hour class on ZOOM, where the teacher--Christine Proctor--will offer instruction and guidance. This will be a venue to share and discuss--so plan to keep your webcams on!

  • Attending live is recommended but not required. All live sessions will be recorded since we know preferences vary and "life happens"!  


Once Upon a Time . . .

Any writing can be creative. But if a student has a penchant to push the limits of the written word and transport readers to a different time, place, and state of mind, these one-semester workshops might be just what is needed to get the creative juices flowing.

  • In these classes, students will peer into the intellects of renowned writers of fiction, poetry, philosophical essays, and even comic strips in order to inspect and dissect the tools and techniques of their trade.

  • Assigned reading will include excerpts of lengthy works in addition to poems, short stories, speeches, and essays.


Mastering the Mechanics

The reading and writing that ensues will focus on identifying and employing elements such as fantasy, subtle symbolism, setting techniques that transform both mood and tone, seamless figurative language, and methods to turn one’s writer’s voice from serious to satirical as the art of mystery, persuasion, and delight is refined.

Let's Collaborate!

Discussion of the class reading and the instructions for each writing assignment will be offered up in an active online classroom as well as in regular live meet-ups.

  • Live sessions will provide time for questions and answers as well as for the demonstration of techniques.

  • Students will write, respond to edits, contemplate each others’ work, and tackle the reading for the following week’s assignment before the next live session occurs.

  • In-depth feedback from the instructor will be in both detailed and uplifting, and students will be "met" wherever they might be along the writer's journey.

The instructor will be available for questions--both live and in the online classroom--and will always be a source of support and encouragement.

Ready to take your writing to a happily-ever-after status?