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Summer Camp: Write a Novel This Summer With a Published Novelist

Kim Purcell MFA
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(142)
Students learn how to write and finish a novel over the summer. They can publish it or enter it in the Scholastic Writing Contest.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
  • They will learn everything about writing a novel: plotting, characterization, tension, pacing, world-building, and literary devices.
I have over twenty years of experience teaching in a multi-sensory, interactive and joyful way. I'm a novelist with two acclaimed young adult novels published by Penguin and Disney-Hyperion. They both made top national lists, including Columbia's Bank Street Books and NPR's Top Books, as well as many state lists. As a novelist, I've done school visits at high schools across the US and Canada. Penguin is also publishing my writer's guide: The Busy Writer's Guide to Finishing a Novel in 100 Days. It comes out in 2026. 

Besides my experience as a novelist and author, I have twenty years of teaching experience, teaching both creative writing and ESL. I currently run a successful afterschool writing program in the LA area. I was the curriculum director of the famous nonprofit, WriteGirl LA, helping to design their multi-sensory way of teaching writing to teens. Besides teaching on Outschool, I have private groups of homeschooled teens I teach, many of them for several years.

My goal is to help my students feel more joyful through writing, to recognize the power of their unique voice and to build their creative confidence.
Homework Offered
You'll need to write at least five days a week for at least two hours a day - which means at least an hour of writing outside of the class time. You'll finish a quarter of your book each week. Set a realistic goal. It can be a short book or a long book, depending on how much time you have.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students hand in pages once a week. I will send you an email and tell you what's wonderful and give you suggestions. At the end of the month, I'll give you suggestions for what could work on for the next draft.
Grades Offered
This camp works for teens with ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD, and Anxiety. I have experience helping all types of learners. My classes are low-pressure and joyful. We use the chat, students can turn off monitors, and we don't read work out loud. 
No pre-reqs. 
A notebook, computer, markers, strange household objects. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
They will see examples from young adult novels and literary adult novels. 
I will be giving students an ebook with specific skills to focus on for each chapter. They also need their own favorite book to use as a mentor text. 
Joined January, 2022
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
Master's Degree
I love helping my students improve their writing and seeing their confidence grow. 

My classes are fun and inclusive. I have over twenty years of experience teaching in a multi-sensory and interactive way: English, literature, fiction,... 
Group Class


weekly or $160 for 8 classes
4x per week, 2 weeks
55 min

Completed by 19 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
1-14 learners per class

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