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A Book Club for Writers: Brave the Page

In this 8 week course we will read Brave the Page. Learners will be introduced to the NaNoWriMo phenomenon and will complete a first draft of a novel or story.
Crystal Tankersley
152 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learners will build a writing habit.
Learners will write a Novel. Learners will set their own word count goal for the Novel (based on how many words they can write in 1 hour and how many hours a day they plan to write). 
Learners will expand their understanding of Novel Writing.
I have a BA in Creative Writing. I have taken and continue to take writing classes to improve my writing expertise. I have written extensively in my life. I love to write and want to share that love of writing with students. There was a time in my life when teachers told me I couldn't write because my writing didn't fit into the "box" they believed Writing was. I have since learned that all authors have their own writing style, technique, and process and that the process that works best for you, the author, is the best process. I want to share this understanding with students and help them discover their own process.
I have not published my first Novel, of which I am currently in the editing and revising stages. The reason for this is that the story is a fantasy novel and I am working hard to build the world in which the story takes place. I have just finished drafting Book two in the series this past NaNoWriMo (2020). 
Each week learners will be assigned a certain number of chapters. 
Week 1+2 = Daily Writing Prompts
Weeks 3-6 = Write a Novel
Weeks 7+8 = Write Reflection
 1 file available upon enrollment
Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern & Grant Faulkner (Amazon $10.29 USD) **You can buy this book on the NaNoWriMo store website Other Supplies: - Somewhere to Write (Microsoft Word, google docs, notebook, composition book, journal, etc) - Pens for writing if writing by hand Optional Additional Supplies: No Plot, No Problem Writing Kit (Amazon $14.35 USD) Ready, Set, Novel! - Writer's Notebook (Amazon $13.69 USD) NaNoWriMo online account at --- This is helpful for tracking word counts. It also provides resources and a writing community.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will be informally assessed on their participation in class.
Learners can request a formal assessment. Formal assessments require turning in writing for review and feedback.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Single Learner Classes: 
- Single learner classes will go ahead as scheduled unless learner and family request otherwise. 
- If discussion ends early, learners will have writing time at the end of class.
Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern & Grant Faulkner - can be purchased from amazon or NaNoWriMo Website. 


Crystal Tankersley
Lives in the United States
Teacher, Writer, Reader, Life Long Learner
152 total reviews
334 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool Families! 
I go by Ms. T or Ms. Crystal in class.
I am a lifelong learner, always open to learning new things and sharing my love of learning with students. As a lifelong learner I am passionate about many subjects and have broad... 
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