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Creative Writing

From: $82.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th (Application is required)

Live class: Wednesdays 6:00–6:50 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th–May 1st

Price: $575

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

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This online creative writing class can be viewed as either an Intermediate or pre-AP level English class. This course could even be taken concurrently with AP English Language or Literature!

This course is intended to be an enjoyable series of readings and writing exercises that explore many aspects of the writing craft. All of the genres and forms included are categories featured in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. By the end of the course, students will have worked towards building a vibrant and varied writing portfolio they can submit to Scholastic and/or other contests. Submitting work to Scholastic is optional, but highly suggested; I will guide students closely in this process!

This class will also give students the opportunity to develop textual analysis and reading comprehension skills that will help them succeed in both AP English Language and AP English Literature.

The first section of the class will focus on the five most fundamental elements of storytelling: plot, characterization, conflict, narrative perspective, and dialogue. Reading assignments will focus on specific elements which the students will explore in the accompanying writing assignments. Students will complete a short story for each module that focuses on the specific element highlighted in each module.

Students will have the opportunity to work through at least 2 drafts of each major project. They will receive teacher critiques and peer feedback for each draft. I typically post student work “anonymously” to make peer critiques as stress-free and helpful as possible! Receiving and giving peer critiques is one of the most valuable ways to grow as a writer.

In addition to these major assignments, students will be able to complete short exercises that practice such skills as: employing imagery and figurative language, using correct dialogue punctuation, controlling tone, practicing grammar skills, etc.

The second section of the class will focus on genre and form. Reading assignments will focus on specific genres and/or forms of writing, such as realism, fantasy, poetry, and drama. Written assignments will help students develop versatility as well as a portfolio with a wide breadth. Special attention will be paid to the reasons why an author may choose to write in a specific genre AND the tools and formatting skills necessary for each form.

Course Structure

Homework will be assigned/due weekly on our course website. Students may view the detailed syllabus at any point to see what is coming up next. I will also send out a weekly homework update email to both students AND parents. Students will read regular handouts, posts, and activities on the website.

Each week may include:

  • An OPTIONAL live meeting (you may choose to either ATTEND or listen to the recording after the fact)
  • A reading assignment (short fiction, poetry, or drama).
  • A writing assignment (or a section of a larger project).
  • In-depth website discussion questions.
  • Conceptual handouts with important information about the elements of fiction and course terminology.

Who should enroll?

This course is intended for 9th-12th graders who enjoy telling stories and have a competent grasp of English grammar.

Technology Requirements:

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

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to work through at least 2 drafts of each major creative project! Only final drafts receive final grades (rubrics generally base 80% of a grade on content (i.e. strength of storytelling elements) and 20% on clarity and style). All grading rubrics are detailed and clear. They will receive detailed teacher critiques and peer feedback for each draft – that’s one of the major benefits of this class, as it allows students to benefit from community support as well as instructor feedback. I typically post student work “anonymously” to make peer critiques as stress-free and helpful as possible! Receiving and giving peer critiques is one of the most valuable ways to grow as a writer and is a vital experience to have before college-level English work.

Communication

An application is required for this course. Once a student has been accepted and is registered, I will contact families within 1-2 business days of registration. I believe very strongly in keeping parents “in the loop” at all times; I send weekly class update emails to parents as well as students. Parents also have the ability to view their child’s progress via an Observer Canvas account.

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Reviews

  1. Debra Bell

    Parent and Student Reviews: “Covering both the elements and forms of fiction made it unique and well-rounded among the other online creative writing classes that I’ve seen… under [Mrs. Serbicki’s] guidance I actually finished stories – and fine-tuned my narration and plot development, steering me away from melodrama into honest, engaging tales.” (Student, PA) “We wish we were closer so we could thank you in person… please know how impressed we are with your class. Thank you for all the constructive feedback and coaching you have given [my daughter] throughout this semester. She is LOVING your class and it has been such a wonderful experience for her.” (Parent, MI) “Mrs. Serbicki’s Creative Writing Class was the highlight of my school year. The assignments were varied, providing a thorough grounding in many different genres and aspects of writing, and were challenging but not overwhelming. Mrs. Serbicki is very kind and easy to work with, and does a great job of keeping class time and assignments interesting and fun. She is flexible and understanding when schedules clash, and is always happy to lend a helping hand, however big or small the difficulty. I think the most unique aspect of Creative Writing was getting to read and critique my classmates’ writing, and in return getting reviews from them on my own works. Exchanging opinions and hints with your peers and pointing out and helping remedy each others’ weaknesses like that is something few writing classes seem to offer, though I find it very useful – even crucial – to improving my writing.” (Student, PA)

  2. Gorilla Web

    “Covering both the elements and forms of fiction made it unique and well-rounded among the other online creative writing classes that I’ve seen… under [Mrs. Serbicki’s] guidance I actually finished stories – and fine-tuned my narration and plot development, steering me away from melodrama into honest, engaging tales.” (Student, PA)

  3. Gorilla Web

    “We wish we were closer so we could thank you in person… please know how impressed we are with your class. Thank you for all the constructive feedback and coaching you have given [my daughter] throughout this semester. She is LOVING your class and it has been such a wonderful experience for her.” (Parent, MI)

  4. Gorilla Web

    “Mrs. Serbicki’s Creative Writing Class was the highlight of my school year. The assignments were varied, providing a thorough grounding in many different genres and aspects of writing, and were challenging but not overwhelming. Mrs. Serbicki is very kind and easy to work with, and does a great job of keeping class time and assignments interesting and fun. She is flexible and understanding when schedules clash, and is always happy to lend a helping hand, however big or small the difficulty. I think the most unique aspect of Creative Writing was getting to read and critique my classmates’ writing, and in return getting reviews from them on my own works. Exchanging opinions and hints with your peers and pointing out and helping remedy each others’ weaknesses like that is something few writing classes seem to offer, though I find it very useful – even crucial – to improving my writing.” (Student, PA)

  5. Gorilla Web

    “I won a scholarship recently with an essay/speech that I submitted for the VFW´s Voice of Democracy contest. I actually used a lot of creative writing elements in mine, and I really feel like I owe it to your course for sharpening those aspects of my writing and really my writing as a whole. So I did just want to let you know and thank you for the great feedback on my work so far…The scholarship was worth $20,000 to Springhill College.” (Ginny S., student)

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Required Texts

Required Texts:
– The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, Seventh Edition (ISBN: 978-0393926118 ) NOTE: AMAZON.COM and other sellers offer a convenient “rent” option for this text!
– The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (ISBN: 978-0811214049). If you do not want to purchase a print copy, please note that I will – be providing an ONLINE version of this text as well!
Various online texts that I will provide (most poetry will be found online)

OPTIONAL REFERENCE:
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation (ISBN: 978-1118785560)

Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

Classes:
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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