Creative Writing

Engaging stories are locked within just waiting for an inspiring prompt! Students enjoy discussing and writing about these moments, and they love to listen to their peers read aloud each week which inspires confidence that each truly does have something to say that other students want to hear! When we describe what we were seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling at the time, the reader feels he is right there. Leo Tolstoy calls this the “art of writing.”

These narratives alternate between colorful, intense, scary, quiet and reflective, and sometimes humorous. Students begin to enjoy writing and to put grammar skills into practice as they write about interesting events in their lives. The atmosphere of the class is interactive and affirming, with the goal of inspiring confidence in expression of thoughts and ideas.

Parents Instructions:
Creative Writing is for 7th – 9th grades.   Approximate time for homework to allot is two to three hours. Parents, please sit in the first 40 minutes or more on the first day of class. Please plan to help your student by proofreading the final draft only, offering subtle suggestions each week.

Course Objectives

  • Inspiring creative ideas to flow through class interaction, using thought bubbles, brainstorming, rough draft, and typed final draft
  • Editing: By revising their papers each week, following teacher’s editing remarks, students practice good grammar skills
  • Homework: Allot 2-3 hours per week
  • Optional assignments from Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day

Tuition $84 for 6 weeks

 

Textbook:  Strongly recommended but optional (see excerpt below)

Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day (Better English Series) Paperback – September 15, 2002 – ISBN 978-1564146267

        Day:  Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays in Richardson; or Tuesday in Rowlett

Times: 9:00 – 10:40

Date:  Week of June 12 – Week of July 24

Cost:  $84

From the author of Better Punctuation in 30 Minutes a Day:

“For more than 25 years, I have taught college and university students of all levels how to write. . .the greatest weakness I have found–and this weakness grows more pronounced each year–is the inability to punctuate sentences correctly. . .Little commas, semicolons, periods, dashes, and apostrophes or small markings, certainly. However they are essential to clear writing. . . . We care about punctuation because without it people cannot communicate clearly. Clear, precise communication is the end game of all writing.

“Without the guides of proper punctuation, rightful heirs have failed to claim their inheritance because the lawyer put a comma in the wrong place in a will.”