Course Description: This creative writing course is an intense series of readings and exercises that explore several elements and genres, including Plot Structure, Character, Conflict, Realism, Science Fiction, and Poetry. A typical week will involve reading a short story or poetry selection, discussing the use of specific literary elements in the text, and responding with a creative project that helps to practice that specific creative tool or genre. By the end of the class, students will have worked towards building a vibrant and varied writing portfolio. All of the pieces we will complete will fit into categories in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Each week of the intensive will involve an optional 50 minute live discussion that will be recorded for later use. In addition to my own critiques, students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers.
Required Texts: I will provide online links to each required short story and poem. No additional purchases are necessary.
Plot Structure: “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett
Character: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
Conflict and Realism: “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
Science Fiction: “A Pail of Air” by Fritz Leiber
Poetry: William Butler Yeats and William Carlos Williams
Independent Portfolio Building: Revisions of previous work.
Suggested Grade Range: Rising 7th to 9th grade.
To join our course: Please register at the link provided at debrabell.com. If you have any questions you would like to address before registration, please email me at . After registration, I will contact you directly.
Course Dates: This is a seven week course that runs during Aim Academy’s Summer Session I
Time Commitment: Summer I
Communication: Each week of the intensive will involve an optional live discussion at 4:00PM-5:00 EST on Wednesdays. It will be recorded for students who are not able to attend live discussions. Flexibility is our goal!
Technical requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing capabilities, high-speed internet, and a computer microphone and/or headset (suggested).
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 years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – she has student winners every year! 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.