One of my student’s parents from Reading Selections expressed interest in having me teach Creative Writing as well. After much consideration, I have put together the tentative beginnings of a semi-structured curriculum that will explore written expression through short stories and poetry.
Goal: Assemble a small group of young people, approximate ages between 9 to 13, of varying skill levels to meet for 1 1/2 to 2 hours twice a month. We will discuss what stories we like, what makes a story captivating, and explore different styles of poetry. All genres and interests welcome. We will practice different styles of writing, share our work, and give constructive feedback. I will spend some time with each student to go over editorial suggestions to help them improve their writing skills and, I hope, to help them see the joys of expression through written media.
Maximum class size: 8 students.
Location: Meeting places may vary depending on availability, but will center between Woodinville/Kenmore/Bothell areas. A student’s house (Kenmore), a library (Kenmore or Woodinville) or Third Place Books are all possibilities.
Days/Times: While I wish to work with all families interested to find a suitable time, I recommend 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from late August through May or mid-June. Class could start March or April of 2017. Exact times to be determined by the group (and not posted to the public).
Fee: I request $10 per meeting, or $18 per month ($2 savings). Further discounts possible for paying for multiple months in advance, or multiple students in one family. Trades or other arrangements can be made for eager families without resources.
Qualifications: I’m a homeschooling parent with ten years of teaching experience (four of which involved teaching other people’s children literature and art). I started writing at the age of five and published my first poem in 5th grade. At the time of this writing, I have two published poetry collections and a novelette. My first novel debuts in March 2017. I have written numerous advice columns and articles for online magazines, and maintain a few blogs.
Writing is the “family business.” My mother wrote for magazines and co-authored a book, her father was a comedy screenwriter for television and head writer for the Garry Moore Show, and her mother wrote copy for Macy’s and taught English. My grandmother’s father wrote as a journalist for William Randolph Hearst.
Contact: If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating in a small group creative writing class twice month, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Creative Writing class.”
Thank you for your interest!