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
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3 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
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learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
60 minutes per class
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This is a class for students who love writing fiction, and especially for those who have ambitions of becoming professional writers. As a professional author, editor, and English teacher, I approach writing instruction with multiple sources of knowledge about how to write engaging fiction. We will focus on short story and novel writing. Students will work individually and together to outline, draft, and edit their own works. In addition to my own feedback and direct instruction, students will...
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.
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
Licensed Teacher, Professional Editor, and Published Author
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
3 total reviews
2 completed classes
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...