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Creative Writing: So You Want to Be an Author?

As a professional writer, editor, and teacher, I'll teach your students how to improve their creative writing abilities. Students can join any time and will write (and share) their short stories, novel ideas, and other works of fiction.
Paul James McLerran
3 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
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Class Experience

Each week we alternate between either (1) a lesson on a specific aspect of writing or (2) a feedback day in which students can share what they've written to get useful feedback from the other students and from me, a professional editor. Lessons will vary based on student needs but will cover: outlining, drafting, revising, active voice, imagery, "show; don't tell," vivid verbs, specific language, sentence variation, character development, plot development, setting description and theme.
The only homework in this class is to WRITE. Every two weeks, students will bring in something they're working on and share with the class, in order to get feedback. We are a friendly bunch and will give both positive and constructive feedback for improvement.
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There is no grade associated with this class. Students will have the opportunity to submit a polished short story to an anthology. The best stories will be published.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Paul James McLerran
Lives in the United States
Licensed Teacher, Professional Editor, and Published Author
3 total reviews
2 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Paul McLerran. I teach creative writing to young people (ages 11-18). I have had a passion for writing since I was in middle school, and developed a passion for teaching as an adult. I am a licensed English Language Arts teacher and... 
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