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Weekly Writing Workshop 1 (Ages 9-12)

In this ~1 hour ongoing introductory writing class, students will brainstorm with their fellow students, spend five minutes writing (with a prompt), and discuss their work with their peers.
Jen Wills
7 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 37 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
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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Class Experience

The goal of the class is to provide young authors the tools to develop their creativity, and to inspire them to pursue writing outside of the classroom. Students will learn how to plan a writing piece using brainstorming techniques, and how to "free-write" to capture their thoughts. The class is geared for reluctant writers - the point is to show that writing can be really fun!

Students will learn how to provide constructive criticism, how to help their peers improve their work in a positive way, and how to consider the thoughts and opinions of others. Bullying, ridicule, and overtly harsh criticism will not be tolerated. 

Students will also ideally read their own work, building confidence and public speaking skills. However, shy students are welcome to ask the teacher or a fellow student to read the work on their behalf.
As a book publishing professional, I have helped many authors develop their work for publication. I have taught many workshops to experienced authors, through Writer's Digest and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and am excited to share what I know with young writers!
I suggest that students write their work by hand, rather than using a computer. A pen and paper are recommended, ideally a blank notebook that the student can continue to use for their writing practice. However, if they are more comfortable using their computer they are welcome to use that instead.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Jen Wills
Lives in the United States
Writing and Book Publishing Professional (Literary Agent)
7 total reviews
10 completed classes

About Me

"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up." -- Stephen King, On Writing

I've been a professional in the book publishing industry for over eight years, mostly as a... 
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