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Creative Writing Workshop for High Schoolers


Bring Your Own Writing | All-Genres Creative Writing Workshop

In this ongoing course, learners give and receive constructive feedback on creative writing projects, including but not limited to: short stories, novels, poems, songs, plays, and personal essays.
Jacqui Zeng, MFA
30 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
By participating in this class, students will:
- develop writing projects in the genre(s) of their choosing
- study one another's writing in order to enhance appreciation of different genres
- read their work out loud to a group of supportive peers
- collectively develop a vocabulary of the writing craft
- use the vocabulary we develop together to discuss one another's work
- moderate their own feedback sessions
- assess the successes and challenges of each draft
- write editorial notes on their own drafts
I have been leading creative writing workshops for pre-teens for seven years. I really enjoy working with kids outside of school, where grades and competition don't put undue pressure on the students. My master's degree is in creative writing, so I also have been a student in writing workshops. I have a strong understanding of what helps writing students flourish.
Learners must arrive to class with a draft of a story, poem, essay, or other creative work. Each learner is responsible for writing their drafts outside of class. Learners are also encouraged to edit their work, and they can bring revisions of older material into workshop. 
Learners will need a copy of their writing and a way of taking notes on workshop feedback. Some students handwrite their projects and take notes in the margins of their drafts. Some students type their drafts, but then print them for workshop and take handwritten notes on the printed pages. And some students type their poems in Google Docs and type workshop notes as Comments. Your child can use whichever method works best for them.
If your child requires an official assessment, please message me on Outschool before the class begins and I can send you an letter grade and/or written report privately. Otherwise, I don't issue formal assessments because this is an enriching, low-stakes workshop.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Learners are encouraged to bring in writing inspired by their lived experiences. However, writing that demeans marginalized groups will not be tolerated. (This includes language, plot points, or character descriptions that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc.) Learners should also avoid using curses and swear words, in accordance with Outschool policy. If a learner is questioning whether or not a piece is classroom-appropriate, they can send me a copy privately before workshop for my review.


Jacqui Zeng, MFA
Lives in the United States
Creative Writing Instructor and One-on-One English Tutor
30 total reviews
77 completed classes

About Me

I teach all things related to Writing, from essay basics to creative writing to college applications. I have four years of teaching experience that includes classroom teaching, one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, and after school creative... 
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