Basics of Storytelling Part I (9-11)

Learn the building blocks of narrative writing—character, plot, setting, conflict, beginnings, and endings—and practice by writing your own stories and sharing them with your classmates.
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75 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 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

Students will learn the basic building blocks of narrative writing and will have tools to use in writing stories on their own. They will also begin to learn how to assess their own work and to give constructive criticism in a positive way.
In all my creative writing classes, the main goal is for students to learn confidence in their own writing and to enjoy writing creatively.
I have been writing stories since I was four, including group stories with friends. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and have taught creative writing at the middle school level. I maintain involvement in the writing community through critique groups, writers’ forums, conferences, etc. I love giving students opportunities to practice, explore, and learn creative writing.
Each class will have a homework assignment, usually a short story (approximately 7 sentences to 7 paragraphs). Students will need to submit their homework to the Outschool classroom the night before the next class so I have time to look over them. They will have about a week to complete each assignment. Time spent outside class will vary based on student ability and enthusiasm but should be between 1 and 4 hours. Most students spend 1-2 hours.
Students will need paper and a writing utensil or a computer for in-class writing exercises as well as homework assignments. 
Handouts will be supplied on a class-by-class basis.

Students will need to type their stories and share them in the Outschool classroom. They can post their stories directly as comments or upload a document. Documents should be submitted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I will guide discussion to make sure it is age appropriate. I will ask students for examples of stories. Land of Stories (magic), Wings of Fire (dragons), and Percy Jackson (mythology) are almost always mentioned. 

We will discuss conflict, antagonists, villains, and challenges. At this age range, conflict is usually in the form of disagreements between friends, natural disasters, villages attacked by dragons, etc. However, villains such as Darth Vader and Voldemort are often mentioned.

Please contact me with any concerns before class.


Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
101 total reviews
143 completed classes

About Me

I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. I hold a BA in Digital Writing and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My in-person teaching experience includes... 
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