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Camp: Basics of Storytelling Part I (Ages 9-11)

My Basics of Storytelling class in a one week camp: 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.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 86 learners
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$25 per class
Meets 5x per week
Over 1 week
75 minutes per class
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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 are encouraged to submit their homework to the Outschool classroom before the next class so I have time to look over them. However, with the camp schedule, it's okay if they just bring their homework to class. Time spent outside class will vary based on student ability and enthusiasm but should be between 1 and 4 hours per class. Most students spend 1-2 hours.
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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. Computer: Students will need to type their stories and share them in the Outschool classroom.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
6 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 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, MFAAuthor, Teacher, Editor
102 total reviews
145 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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