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Summer Creative Writing Camp: Begin a Story With 5 Incredible Writer's Tricks

Kathie Harsch
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In this five-day creative writing camp, your middle school writer will learn from a published author 5 proven writing strategies to help them break through writer's block and draft the beginning of a short story.

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
5 lessons//1 Week
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Day 1: Asking Questions
Students will brain dump ideas about questions to get their story ideas, main character and setting is developed.
Lesson 2
Day 2: Mind Mapping
Students will learn mind mapping to help them describe a character in the setting and begin their story.
Lesson 3
Day 3: Drawing to Write
Students will make a quick sketch to help them map out their character's movements within the story.
Lesson 4
Day 4: Timeline of Events
Students will create a timeline for their story to bring excitement to their story.
Lesson 5
Day 5: Writing sprint
Students will learn how to set short writing goals for writing sessions to avoid burn out and to be able to sustain longer writing projects.
  • Students will learn how to use 5 writing strategies to break through writer’s block and use each strategy to begin a short story.
Certified English teacher 26 years
Homework Offered
If students do not have the opportunity to finish their piece of writing during class, they can share it with me in the conversations tab. However, I do not require homework. If they do choose to share it, I can give them some feedback.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal Assessment
Grades Offered
Grades provided by request
Must be able to read and write in English.
 1 file available upon enrollment
-a sheet of paper or a notebook that they use for writing (like a writing journal) -a pen or pencil -a highlighter
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I use Google Apps such as Google Slides to present lessons, Google Classroom for class materials and documents. 
Google Docs
Students will receive a blank Google Doc to open before class begins to help them be ready for the writing time.
Joined June, 2022
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in English
Florida Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Hey there! My name is Ms. Kathie, and I am an Outschool 1:1 tutor for reading and writing. I teach the writing strategies and techniques that help middle school  writers to take their reading and writing skills from good to fantastic. 

I offer... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
50 min

Completed by 115 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-13
2-6 learners per class

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