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Creative Writing | 24-25

Spooky enchanted garden

Cradle to Crypt

 Composite fantasy_surreal background - Little girl sitting on floating island, throwing p

Fantasy to Farce

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf - lifesize figures found near a bus stop in De

Short Stories to Tall Tales

Our three live online creative writing classes are 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 classes offer students a safe place to share, compare, and support each other.

Class Details​

  • Creative Writing | One-semester electives

    • Classes can be taken in any order.

  • Tuition & Resources:

    • Tuition: $450 per semester 

    • All resources are provided by instructor. See HERE.

  • Instructor: Christine Proctor

  • Dates:

    • Fall Sessions | August 26-December 8, 2024

    • Spring Session | January 6-April 27, 2025

  • Live Class Times: ​

    • Cradle to Crypt | Every other Friday | 2-3 p.m. Eastern

    • Fantasy to Farce | Every other Friday | 12;30-1:30 p.m. Eastern

    • Short Stories to Tall Tales | Every other Friday | 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern

      • Please see our FAQ for all dates/times/breaks for our classes.
  • Grade level: 7th-12th (12+)

  • Class size: 10-12

  • See our FAQ for:

    • age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class fit recommendations

    • a complete list of days, times, and breaks

    • a list of CA charter schools where this course is a-g approved

  • Format:

    • Zoom and an online classroom.

    • Students will be actively discussing their writing and interacting with their classmates in live classes. 

    • Students should plan to keep their webcams on and actively participate during live Friday meetings.

    • All live sessions will be recorded for students who cannot attend live.

  • All Blue Tent creative writing courses are NCAA-approved.

​Foundational Elements

In all three classes, students will test drive four categories of imaginative writing:

  • Cradle to Crypt: children's book (think: Eric Carle), elementary educational fiction (think Magic Tree House), young adult/dystopian, ghost/mystery story

  • Fantasy to Farce: fantasy/fairy tale, historical fiction, autobiography, satirical play

  • Short Stories to Tall Tales: short story, animal tale, song lyrics or myth, tall tale

 

Each one-semester class can serve as half an English credit or as a separate elective. Our creative writing classes can be taken in any 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 for students to enjoy sharing and discussing with webcams on!

  • Attending live is highly 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 be a 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 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?

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