YWI: Creative Writing: 7th/8th

$99.00 one time payment

Grades: 7th–8th

Live Class: Tues 9 a.m. ET or 3 p.m. ET

Dates (April):  Apr 4–Apr 25

Price: $99

Instructor:  Sigmund Brouwer

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Course Description

By visualizing an initial problem that needs to be solved, creative fiction is a fun way to improve thinking skills. Creative writing helps form how students think of themselves as writers. As a result, it has been shown to improve grades in many different subjects. So if you are looking for ways to boost grade levels, one of the best things that you can do is encourage them to write creatively.

In this course, students are guided to structure, then write a story for evaluation or portfolio that will help them in all aspects of writing, from choosing point of view, to voice and tone to transitions and exciting word usage.

Creative Writing Big Picture Lessons

live class

Close Up Lessons
(recorded, writing)
Looking Good

(recorded, conventions)

Week One motivation and purpose rights of the author -elicit vs illicit

-hyphens and dashes

Week Two planning vs seat-of-pants rights of the editor -advice vs advise


Week Three character development peer editing -accept vs except

-misplaced modifiers

Week Four what to keep and eliminate pulling it all together -compliment vs complement

-quotation marks

This four-week course fits into a 16-week program that helps students develop content and improve writing skills in four areas of writing curriculum:

  • personal narrative
  • expository writing
  • persuasive writing
  • creative writing

The key to each of the courses is that students are guided through the completion of a project specific to the curriculum and in so doing will learn the foundations to apply to all of their other writing in those areas. They will improve their writing skills as they enjoy completing each project.

Over the 16 weeks of all four courses, students also receive a thorough review of writing components, building from parts of sentences, then to sentence structure, then paragraph structure, then most import of all, the editing process.

All of this is presented from an author with four million books in print, who offers perspectives on story and writing that complements and enhances their current curriculum, and more importantly, motivates them to apply what they learn.

Course Structure

Each of the four-week courses has in common nine recorded introductory sessions:

  • three Big Picture lessons about developing content
  • three Close Up lesson about improving writing skills
  • three Looking Good lessons that focus on conventions
  • writing activities to accompany each lesson

The course consists of four weeks of lessons. Each lesson is 30-40 minutes long. (the mini-lessons on grammar and word usage are about 20 minutes.) Each week looks like this:

  • one live virtual interactive Big Picture lesson per week with focus on developing content
  • one recorded Close Up lesson per week with a focus on improving writing skills
  • one recorded Looking Good mini-lesson per week that each introduce students to one word usage concept and one grammar concept
  • writing activities to accompany each lesson

Altogether, the four-week course contains 12 lessons, plus the introductory lessons. Students who are interested in learning to write from a bestselling author and former struggling student.  No previous writing experience is required.

Who should enroll?

Students in seventh or eighth grade who are interested in learning to write from a bestselling author and former struggling student.  No previous writing experience is required.

Technology Required

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lecture

Evaluation and Feedback

While assignments are not graded, students are required to submit their activities each week for evaluation and feedback.


Parents and students are welcome to email the teacher at [email protected] Expect responses within 24-48 hours.

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All materials provided by the instructor.


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Instructor Bio

Sigmund Brouwer

SIGMUND BROUWER writes for both children and adults. He is the bestselling author of dozens of titles, with close to 4 million books in print in multiple languages. He has won the Christy Book of the Year and the Arthur Ellis awards, as well as been nominated for two of the prestigious TD Children’s Literature Awards and the Red Maple Award. His Rock and Roll Literacy presentation has reached over a million students across North America. He is also co-founder of the Young Writers Institute with its ‘Story Ninja’ approach to tap into the power of story as the foundational way to engage and motivate students in narrative, expository, and essay writing.

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