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.
I post work on Monday morning. Weekly assignments are always due Friday night as well (short extensions may be granted if necessary). Each week student work will include:
– Writing a draft of a short story or poem OR a portion of a longer piece. Students will have the flexibility of choosing whether or not to work through multiple drafts of each project.
– Reading a very short story or 1-2 short poems.
– Either attending a live lecture (optional) OR listening to the lecture recording.
– Exploring concept handouts and resources based on the weekly writing element or genre.
– Discussing our class readings in our online forum and/or our live meetings.
– Students may spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork.
Who should enroll?
This class is designed for rising 10th-12th graders. However, a motivated rising 9th grader would be accepted.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I provide detailed critiques on short story and poem drafts (critiques are based heavily on the element we’re studying at the time, but I will take elements such as structure/plot, clarity, characterization, conflict, imagery, etc. into account). Critiques are generally given within 2-3 days of the assignment due date. I provide a grade for each class assignment, although students may choose to submit an additional draft if they wish to improve that grade.
An application is not necessary to join this course; you may register at your convenience. I will contact parents within 1-2 days of their registration being processed. Weekly check-in emails will be sent to both parents and students.