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Creative Writing Series—The Plot Thickens

In this one-time class, we'll explore strategies to plan your fictional story from beginning to "The End."
Kellye Crocker, MFA
56 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
11-14
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Description

Class Experience

This class will help students:
1. Understand what makes a good fictional story.
2. Understand the roles of the beginning, middle and end.
3. Understand causality.
4. Understand external and internal obstacles.
5. Create a plot plan for a fictional short story.
6. Engage their creativity and imaginations.
7. Experience courage and vulnerability if they choose to share their writing with the class.
8. Receive specific, positive, verbal feedback on their writing (if they share).
9. Understand how to be part of a supportive writing community by listening respectfully as classmates share writing and providing positive, specific, verbal feedback.
Plot is a critical part of creating any fictional story, and I've taught this material many times in person. Students are excited to know this information because it makes their stories so much stronger. 

Personally, I work with this material every day. After receiving my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, my plotting skills were still underdeveloped. Because of that, I've read scores of books on plot and have taken several workshops aimed at improving my plotting skills. One of my favorite things about writing is that we can always learn and improve. 
1. Writing supplies: Pens or pencils and paper. (A notebook is handy, but any paper will work.) You also can use a tablet or computer, but make sure you can continue participating in the class as you write. 2. Plot planner class handout. It will be posted below before class. We will discuss this handout together in class. Please bring a print out of it or have it available on your screen.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will have the opportunity to share aspects of their plot plans with the class. If they do so, they will receive specific, positive feedback from the teacher and classmates. 
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

Teacher

Kellye Crocker, MFAPro Writer Loves Teaching
56 total reviews
35 completed classes

About Me

Update, December 2020: I'm taking a break from teaching so I can devote my energy to my writing. I have loved teaching Creative Writing on Outschool and plan to return, although I don't know when. Please feel free to email me if you need to get in... 
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