Creative Composition 2: Intermediate Writing

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 6th–9th

Live Class: Mondays 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST

Course Dates: August 24th – May 2nd

Price: $599

Instructor: Kristen Roy

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Enrollment in this class is currently closed.

Course Description

This live online writing class for middle school students uses high interest assignments to show students how to increase their confidence and skill. This class is based on Debra Bell’s curriculum Writers In Residence, vol. 2 Journeyman. This class will serve as a writer’s community with instruction and feedback on each stage of the writing process. This class equips students to grow further in their process of becoming authentic writers, critical thinkers, and excellent peer reviewers.  The students will write a research paper, an argumentative paper, poetry, and create their own short stories.

Course Structure

Assignments for the week are posted each Monday on our course page, with weekly homework given. Students should plan on  spending approximately 45 minutes per day on homework.

Who should enroll?

Students who have written— and are becoming comfortable with— the basic essay should enroll in this class. Those who want to focus on the art of writing well, who want to become a critical reader, and who want to study the craft of expert writers are welcome. A student who is willing to do some risk-taking and experimentation in writing to discover one’s God given voice should enroll.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities for viewing recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive specific feedback on their work by each Monday before class. While students will not receive letter grades for every assignment, each weekly assignment is marked as complete or incomplete, and a numbered score provided on the reviewer’s rubric for each final draft of projects. I will provide specific instruction and guidance, as well as give targeted feedback on each stage of the writing assignments, utilizing the rubrics in the course text, and ensuring each student’s work is completed to mastery for their individual skill level. The end result will be a strong writing portfolio containing diverse writing projects.


I will give a confirmation for registration with parents and provide a welcome email. Parents are welcome to join us in Canvas as observers, and I respond to parents via email or Canvas.

Required Texts

Writers In Residence Volume 2 (Journeyman)

4 reviews for Creative Composition 2: Intermediate Writing

  1. Student

    I appreciated your feedback on my writing. That was what helped me the most in the class.

  2. Lily M.

    I loved writing our fantastical short story. I liked how we would go over problems in class! It definitely helped if you couldn’t figure out the problem without help. I also liked how we would read our writings to the rest of the class

  3. Mrs. Pindak

    March 6, 2020
    Mrs. Roy was able to teach my son how to improve his writing style and build his confidence as a story teller. We loved her teaching style, and constant encouragement to persevere in his writing. She works incredibly with kids of all ages & is passionate about teaching.

  4. Linda Kidder

    March 5, 2020

    Our daughter specifically learned valuable skills in writing her first research paper, including how to identify credible sources and proper citation. She also had the opportunity to experiment in writing fantasy for the first time, which was a brand new genre for her.

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Instructor Bio

Kristen K. Roy

Kristen is a Colorado native.  She earned her teaching degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  Kristen has been a homeschooling mom for over 16 years and is now a proud grandma as well. She has enjoyed teaching in both public and private school settings. For the last decade she has been teaching at her homeschool co-op and started teaching online this last year and loves helping students grow in their natural abilities to write. Teaching students how to analyze literature and poetry as well as create their own poetry, research papers, essays, short stories and analytical papers is one of her passions. She also enjoys riding bikes, meeting with friends and having family gatherings!

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