Course Description: This creative writing course is an intense series of readings and exercises that explore several elements and genres, including Dialogue, Character, Conflict, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Poetry. A typical week will involve reading a short story or poetry selection, discussing the complex literary and creative elements of the piece, and responding with an original creative project that practices those specific elements. We use new and vibrant prompts each week. 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.
Character and Narrative Perspective: “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield
Conflict and Plot Structure: “To Build a Fire” by Jack London
Dialogue and Irony: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
Science Fiction and Symbolism: “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut
Poetry: Jane Kenyon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Shakespeare, and William Butler Yeats
Independent Portfolio Building: Revisions of previous work.
Suggested Grade Range: Rising 10th-12th 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 email@example.com. After registration, I will contact you directly.
Course Dates: Summer I
Time Commitment: Approximately 6-8 hours a week.
Communication: Each week of the intensive will involve an optional live discussion at 4:30PM-5:30PM EST on Tuesdays via the ZOOM conferencing program. It will be recorded for students who are not able to attend live discussions. Flexibility is our goal! These live meetings will include lecture material from me, visual presentations, and interactive student discussion.
Technical requirements: Students must have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing capabilities, high-speed internet, and a microphone and/or headset.
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.