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Creative Writing Fall Camp About Horses

This multi-day class, we will meet twice a week. Students will create their own storybooks that celebrate HORSES AND SUMMER along with incorporating a kindness theme.
Kristen Halverson, MSL
10 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 3 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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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Oct 4

Oct 4 - Oct 20 (3 weeks)
Tu, Th
5pm - 5:45pm

Mon Oct 31

Oct 31 - Nov 16 (3 weeks)
Mo, We
5pm - 5:45pm
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Class Experience

Three Main Goals:
To create a picture book celebrating spring and animals and use themes of kindness.
To utilize all the main story elements in the story
To create a cover and summary of the book
To use correct grammar and punctuation

Themes will be kindness, sharing and thoughtfulness
I have published sixteen children's books that cater to themes of kindness, thoughtfulness and teamwork since 2015. I have used my animal themed picture books and storybooks in the public-school sector in WI for readings along with all year-round library programs for ages Prek to 6th grade in Iowa and Colorado. In addition, I also serve as a professional editor and ghostwriter.  Lastly, I served as a guest speaker at Prairie du Chien ISD's Young Authors night in 2016. In my local NE Iowa community and local library, I have taught writing workshops on the independent publishing endeavor and creating a children's book.

Please find a detailed overview for each week and key learning topics:

I. Week One: Students will learn about main story element, point of view, and how to use them in developing a great picture book. We will focus on learning about the setting, introduction part, and choosing characters for the first week.  Instructor will share sample of different horse breeds to give students ideas for their specific characters as well. Students will list their main story elements along with start writing four to eight sentences. Lastly, I will share my own picture book, The Tale of Willhanna: A Horse's Magical Birthday for an example on how students will set the scene along with introducing characters in a picture book.  
*Theme of the first week will be celebrating kindness

II. Week Two: Students will learn about the importance of using correct grammar and punctuation when writing their picture books along with learning how to develop a great plots and themes for their picture books. In addition, students will learn how artwork for picture books carries 50% of the story along with the importance making of a terrific and eye-catching cover. Therefore, students will also begin working on their illustration drawings for each page and continue to work on their stories. Students will complete an additional four to six sentences in their story notebooks. Students can also begin working on their cover art. This will be one art drawing on one page that summarizes the story.  (Students can use markers, colored pencils and crayons to complete their cover artwork and interior illustrations/drawings. Students may use fun things such as glitter to make their covers shine and sparkle.) 
*Theme of second week will be celebrating sharing.

III. Week Three: We will learn about creating a conflict in the story and how to show resolution to the conflict. Then, we will learn how to create wonderful endings to our books. In addition, we will learn how to write a summary for the picture book.  During the third week, students will be completing their stories with an additional four to six sentences, artwork, and summaries for the back cover.  Lastly, students will be sharing their books with the class on the last day. 

*Special note: The summary page will attach to the back of the pages of text like a back cover of a book. The teacher will provide an assessment of each student's book and send feedback to the parent after the completion of the class. Each student story/picture book should anywhere from fourteen to eighteen sentences. It's perfectly fine to go over eighteen sentences. This number amount listed is a minimum number of sentences required for the picture book.
*Theme of third week will be celebrating thoughtfulness.

Spiral Notebook to layout and develop the picture book Pens and or Pencils Notebook Paper Markers and or Colored Pencils for the artwork pertaining to student's story Three Hole Punch to assemble book with yarn or staples to assemble cover and interior
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students can share their stories with the class at the last class for an informal assessment. I will be looking for all the main story elements, creative storylines, along with good grammar and punctuation usage. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students may access the "Elements of a Story" video from Khan Academy at

*The Tale of Willhanna: A Horse's Magical Birthday Written by Kristen Halverson (Instructor) will be used for an example on how students will set the scene along with introducing characters in a picture book. This horse book celebrates teamwork, kindness and thoughtfulness. 
This horse picture book was used in various public library reading programs for grades 2nd-5th in NE Iowa in 2018-2019.


Kristen Halverson, MSL
Lives in the United States
Author and Educator Making a Difference
10 total reviews
19 completed classes

About Me

I specialize in creative writing classes, social studies, science, and language classes.

I also serve as a children's book author, professional editor and ghostwriter. Since 2015, I have published sixteen children's books. In addition, I have... 
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