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Write a Novel with Young Adult Novelist Kim Purcell (12-15)

In this fun and interactive novel-writing class, teens will not only start a novel, but they will gain the skills to finish it.
Kim Purcell
38 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 14 learners
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Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
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Students will learn everything they need to know to write a novel. This is listed in detail above, but we will cover all areas of craft, including character, setting, plot, tension, dialogue, and literary devices. This will not only help them with their fiction, but also every area of writing. They will receive a bonus asynchronous workshop and handout to help them write on their own and develop their skills further. 
I'm a published young adult novelist and a writing teacher with over twenty years teaching experience. 

I've written two acclaimed young adult novels, Trafficked and This Is Not a Love Letter, published by Penguin and Disney-Hyperion, and I have another book contracted with Little, Brown. This Is Not a Love Letter was one of NPR's top books of 2018 and Trafficked made several state lists for top books. They've both received starred reviews and made top lists for books. If you want to learn more about me, you can always go to my author website, under my name. 

Besides writing my own books, my passion is helping kids, teens and adults write their books and achieve their dreams. As a novelist, I've been teaching novel-writing classes for kids, teens and adults outside of Outschool for over fifteen years. I've done author visits at schools all over the United States and Canada. I have over twenty years of teaching experience, teaching creative writing, novel writing and English as a Second Language. I currently run two successful in-person after-school programs for creative writing in Los Angeles. 

Before I taught novel-writing, I taught ESL and writing of all genres. I've taught homeschooled kids in both New York City and Los Angeles. I was the first curriculum director of the famous non-profit, WriteGirl in Los Angeles, and I helped build it into the multi-sensory interactive writing program it is today. 

In terms of education, I have a BA in international Relations from the University of British Columbia, one of Canada's elite colleges, as well as a journalism degree from BCIT and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from VCFA, which qualifies me to teach at the college level. 

More importantly than my education and experience, I think, is that I have so much fun with my students and sincerely care for their well-being. My goal is to make them feel confident about their writing and inspired to write even more or go on to achieve any other creative goal in their lives. 
Students should aim to write at least two pages a week. 
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Students will need a notebook, a pen, markers and a computer for writing. I will be giving them a workbook for brainstorming as well as a daily guide for each week to give them ideas for what to work on every time they sit down to write. I've attached the PDF for brainstorming some of the elements of their novel before they start the class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Every time a student hits 10 pages further in their book, we celebrate them. They set their own goals and we check in at the beginning of each class to see if they've met their goal. I will give them general notes about what I love about their work and what they can work on. I like to focus on what they are doing really well because this helps them write more which will ultimately help them improve as writers more than anything else.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I will be using examples from mainstream young adult books and none of my examples will have any mature content. I will also use Canva presentations to make it more interesting and to help any learners who are more visually oriented and want to read the examples. 
I will give students a daily guide every week to help them write their novel and this has been sourced from many craft books on novel writing, my own MFA and my experience as a novelist. They will also receive a PDF with many writing experiments to help them brainstorm their novel. 


Kim Purcell
Lives in the United States
Novelist and Writing Teacher
38 total reviews
37 completed classes

About Me

I love helping my students feel empowered through writing and seeing their creative confidence grow as they write more.

My classes are fun and inclusive. I have over twenty years of experience teaching in a multi-sensory and interactive way,... 
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