Creative Writing - Parts 1 and 2

Spring 2020 Classes Are Full

Our two creative writing classes are designed to delight 7th-12th graders who love to write their own stories and poems and who pine to have time to explore, refine, and share their creations. These classes are offered in the fall and the spring (see our FAQ for dates and times):

 

  • Part 1: Creative Writing: Fantasy to Farce - spring 2020 registration closed

  • Part 2: Creative Writing: Short Stories to Tall Tales - spring 2020 registration closed

Students will test drive four categories of imaginative writing in these one-semester courses--which can each serve as half of an English credit or as an elective. You can take one class in a school year or both back to back. Just be sure to begin with Creative Writing: Fantasy to Farce before you move on to Creative Writing: Short Stories to Tall Tales.

 

  • Every other Friday there will be a one-hour Zoom meet-up with your instructor--Christine Proctor--who will offer instruction and guidance. This will also offer a venue to share and question.

  • See our FAQ for class dates, times, and breaks.

  • All live sessions will be recorded since we know "life happens"!

 

Once Upon a Time . . .

Any writing can be creative. But if you have a penchant to push the limits of the written word and transport your reader to a different time, place, and state of mind, this one-semester workshops might be just what you need to get the creative juices flowing. In these courses, we 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

Both reading and the writing that ensues will focus on identifying and employing elements of 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, from factual to farce as the art of persuasion is mastered.

Let's Collaborate!

Discussion of the class reading and the instructions for each writing assignment will be offered up in your Moodle classroom as well as in regular live meet-ups. Live sessions will provide time for questions and answers and the demonstration of techniques. Students will write, respond to edits, contemplate each others’ works, and tackle the reading for the following week’s assignment before the next live session occurs.

 

Feedback from the instructor will be in-depth, 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 Moodle classroom--and always a source of support and encouragement.

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

 

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