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Beginning Storytelling and Character Study: Why be a Goop?

In this flexible course, students learn story writing techniques by meeting the Goops! A bunch of naughty boys and girls who learn how to behave! Through various Goop readings, children will be inspired to write their own creative story.
Gina Conroy
312 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 11 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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 basics of story structure, character growth, and strong sentence writing, while creating naughty characters and having them learn from their mistakes and bad behavior. 
•  Beginning, Middle, and End and answer the 5 Ws of storytelling
•  Character, Setting, Problem, and Resolution. 
•  Actions and consequences
•  Moral and message of stories
I'm a published fiction and nonfiction author, former homeschool mom of four, and have taught and tutored all ages for close to 20 years. I developed these creative writing and storytelling techniques when I started teaching an elective writing course at my kids' school over 10 years ago. This curriculum has developed over time and can be adapted for children of all ages to be successful in storytelling. I'm the author of "Release the Novel in You" workbook: The go-to fiction book for teen authors (, and I teach advanced novel writing and story telling as well as other writing and elective classes on Outschool.

What parents are saying:

Gina is a phenomenal writing teacher! We have loved working with her. We have a range of ages and she is great at adapting to their ages and learning styles. She's very patient and good at helping them focus. My kids have learned so much and been stretched and challenged in the area of writing. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to advance in any area of writing! - Bethany mother of K, 1, 3, 4 tutored students.

Learners should be able to write on their own or they will need parental help. 
If learners don't complete the assignments in class, they will need to complete them for homework. 
Some students may not finish their stories during the four session, so it's the parents' responsibility to make sure the story is completed outside of class. 

Homework may include watching videos that illustrate good and bad manners, finishing worksheets, and writing their story. Parental assistance is advised during the story writing process. Some students may not be able to finish their stories before the class has ended, so it's the parents' responsibility to see that the story is completed.
Students should have a couple of pencils, notebook paper, and a folder or 3 ring binder. Final stories and poems will need to be typed and shared with teacher for input. Worksheets will be provided, but learners will need to be able to write or have parental help.
Learners are assessed through class participation and application of the writing techniques taught. 
Students can share their stories in the classroom comment/messaging system. 
This class is designed to foster a love of storytelling, and while good writing and sentences will be addressed, that is not the emphasis. For strong writing techniques, see my "PAINT with your Words" and "Perfectly Powerful Paragraph" classes. 
3 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: I will start each class announcing my class expectations which include: 
**NOT using the chat box for messages not relative to the discussion and questions
**NO drawing and writing on the screen I use for teaching 
**NO learner sharing their screen for any reason
**NO disruptive behavior such as flashing lights in the screen and constantly switching their background 

While I understand many students are new to online learning, if a student does not respond to correction and continues disruptive behavior, he or she will be asked to leave the class for the day or the rest of the time. Videos may be accessed, however no refund will be issued if learner does not show cooperation in correction and is asked to leave class.

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING these rules are in place due to problems in past classes (with younger students) and are enforced to ensure that ALL students have the best experience possible. 


Gina ConroyPublished Author, Journalist, B.S. in Communications, Creative Educator, Curriculum Developer, Self-Expression Advocate with a Passion to Teach
312 total reviews
196 completed classes

About Me

I love seeing students get excited about writing, even reluctant writers. Ever since I was 8  years old, I've been journaling and writing poetry to express things I couldn't speak out loud or didn't know how to. My thoughts just came out better... 
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