Telling a Story Club (ages 8-11)
Join with fellow writers/creators each week to share projects and to discuss a different aspect of storytelling, such as character, setting, point of view, antagonists, world-building, etc.
Annie Downer, MFA
102 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 49 learners
Once per week
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does an “Ongoing” course work?
Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills
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This is a class where writers and creators can get together to discuss their works and ask questions. Each week will focus on a specific topic of storytelling. I'll give a short talk on our specified topic at the beginning of class. We'll do a writing exercise, which might be answering a writing prompt, freewriting, or doing a small project together. Then students can discuss the storytelling topic or their current projects as relate to that topic. For example, in the week on setting, we'll...
Students will have a safe environment to share their projects and to ask questions. They will gain tools and knowledge to use in their writing. They will also begin to learn how to assess their own work and to give constructive criticism in a positive way. In all my creative writing classes, the main goal is for students to learn confidence in their own writing and to enjoy writing creatively.
I have been writing stories since I was four. I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and have taught creative writing at the middle school level. I maintain involvement in the writing community through critique groups, writers’ forums, conferences, etc. I love giving students opportunities to practice, explore, and learn creative writing.
Keep writing! And save what you write.
Students will need paper and a writing utensil or a computer for in-class writing exercises. Students may want drawing utensils and paper for certain topics (word-building, characters) either for use in class or to sketch out ideas after class. Handouts will be supplied on a class-by-class basis.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
I will guide discussion to make sure it is age appropriate. I will ask students for examples of stories. Land of Stories, Wings of Fire and Percy Jackson are often mentioned. We may discuss conflict, antagonists, villains, and challenges. At this age range, conflict is usually in the form of disagreements between friends, natural disasters, villages attacked by dragons, etc. However, villains are often mentioned. For the class on world-building, we may discuss government and economic systems as pertains to the worlds we’re discussing. Please contact me with any questions or concerns before class.
Annie Downer, MFACreative Writer and Grammar Lover, former Adjunct English Professor
102 total reviews
145 completed classes
I have been writing stories since I was four years old and have pursued writing as a career since the age of twelve. I hold a BA in Digital Writing and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. My in-person teaching experience includes...