Junior High Creative Writing (Summer I)

From: $85.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: Rising 7th–9th

Live class: Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: May 14thJune 29th

Price: $199

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

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).
Instructor Qualifications:
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.

Required Texts

Required Texts: None, all materials provided by instructor.

Reviews

  1. K. M.

    As a student in Mrs. Serbicki’s 2011-2012 AP English Literature class, I truly have only good things to say! Mrs. S was prompt, considerate, and organized, and went over and above duty on many occasions to spark our interest, keep us on track, and help us grow as writers. – K.M. (student review of AP English Literature)

  2. Carmen P.

    “I feel that Mrs. Serbicki’s instruction helped me get past my fear of writing fiction – under her guidance I actually finished stories – and fine-tuned my narration and plot development, steering me away from melodrama into honest, engaging tales.” (Carmen P., year-long Creative Writing)

  3. Ginny S.

    “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., year-long Creative Writing 2012-2013)

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Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki

Lili Serbicki is an experienced Advanced Placement English instructor with a professional background in writing, media, editing, and advertising. She is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. This upcoming school year will be her tenth year teaching high-level online courses, including AP Literature, AP Language, Creative Writing, poetry composition, argument and debate, and advanced test preparation classes. 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; she is a published author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction essay, and creative memoir across multiple literary journals. Over the past decade her students (including all course and tutoring students) have won many Silver Keys and Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In 2018 Mrs. Serbicki received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as “an educator whose dedication, commitment, and guidance are represented by student work selected for national honors.”

Classes:

Middle School Intro to Fiction
Fantasy and Sci Fi Writing
SAT English Prep
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Lili explains the assignments and goals of her AP English Literature course.

Lili discusses her AP English Language course.

Lili describes the assignments in her Creative Writing class.

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