Once per week
over 8 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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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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In Creative Writing for Middle Schoolers, young teen learners will discover new ways to flex their creative muscles. The course will cover prose writing, poetry, playwriting, and more—all at a level appropriate for younger teens. Beyond these exercises, learners will walk step-by-step with the instructor through story development. Learners will practice steps and strategies for finding inspiration, creating characters, developing setting, establishing conflict, and understanding theme. By...
Learners will understand guidelines and tools for the following styles: short stories, novels, monologues, poetry, and screenwriting. Learners will develop a deeper appreciation for reading fiction. Learners will gain a more comprehensive understanding of English mechanics, including grammar and punctuation.
The course is taught by a graduate of New York University's Dramatic Writing Program and published author of two novels for young adults.
Each week, learners will be asked to complete a first draft of a creative writing exercise using that week's tools. This will range from a short monologue to a novel chapter. While learners will be asked for a page-count on assignments (never more than two typed pages), these do not have to be polished drafts. No student will be reprimanded for bringing an unfinished assignment to class.
Learners should bring a writing utensil and notebook to each class. If learners prefer to use laptops or tablets for their writing, that's okay, too!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will bring a short assignment to each class to share with the group. Learners will give and receive constructive feedback from classmates and the instructor. No formal letter grade will be given, but the instructor will review every assignment in order to give personalized feedback for improvement. Learners who don't wish to share with the entire group can still send their assignments to the instructor for personalized review.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Noah WelshEmpowering Youth Through Writing, Film, and Other Arts
87 total reviews
115 completed classes
Since I began youth development work, my goal has been simple: I hope to help youth find their voices and gain empowerment through various arts. Whether it's connecting old novels to modern youth realities or helping young writers expand their...