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Senior Seminar: Build a Writing Portfolio (Semester-Long)

In this semester-long class, students will build a writing portfolio showcasing a variety of genres and styles, including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
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$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 15 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will build a diverse writing portfolio for submission to academic writing programs and professional writing opportunities. Each work will show mastery in a literary genre: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. 
I have a BA in English Literature and an MA in Professional Writing, with a focus in creative writing. I have worked in the writing and publishing industry for almost twenty years as a writer and editor. I also prepare manuscripts for self-publication and for submission to open calls or agents. My personal writing portfolio includes magazine articles, topical essays, short fiction, and an extensive assortment of tabletop roleplaying games. I have successfully mentored young writers as they began their professional careers, and have many years of experience as a writing instructor. 
Students will have regular weekly writing assignments, as well as assigned reading. The length of the reading will vary based on the week's topic, but students should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of class writing and editing their work. Work should be submitted via Google Docs so I can provide copyediting markup and comments.
Student work will be read for grammatical consistency and narrative or structural quality. If your learner requires a letter grade or written rubric, please let me know in advance, and I will provide those. Otherwise, I will make notations throughout students' submitted works using the comment and suggestion features in Google Docs. 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Creative works in this class should be appropriate for writers age 16-18, and should contain no graphic sexual or violent content. Works may include content that is distressing for some readers, and teen writers often explore themes of exploring personal identity, mental health, or sociopolitical struggles. If your student has specific content they are uncomfortable with, please reach out to me in advance. 


Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
Lives in the United States
Inclusive Classes in Creative Writing, Gaming, and Popular Media & Culture
438 total reviews
248 completed classes

About Me

I teach creative writing, gaming, and popular culture to children from age 8 through high school. 

In my classes, young writers learn to develop characters, to craft a well-structured narrative, and to hone their descriptive language skills. New... 
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