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Write a Page-Turner with Young Adult Novelist Kim Purcell! (Flex)

In this 20 week flex class, students will write and finish their own novel with weekly video lessons to help them finish. If they want to do it double-time, we can also do that.
Kim Purcell
44 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$5 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 20 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will develop storytelling and writing skills through the process of writing a novel. See the specific focus for each week: we will cover every element of storytelling including characters, setting, plot, tension, scene-building and literary devices. 
I'm a writing teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience and also a young adult novelist with two acclaimed young adult novels, Trafficked and This Is Not a Love Letter, published by big 5 publishers. Trafficked made Columbia's Bank Street Best Books list and top lists for several states. This Is Not a Love Letter was one of NPR's top books of 2018 and a Twirly Girl Book of 2018. Both books have received starred reviews from top reviewers and made top lists for books. I'm here on Outschool because my other passion is helping kids and teens write books. I have over twenty years of teaching experience, teaching creative writing, novel writing and ESL. I've taught writing to homeschooled kids in both New York City and Los Angeles, many of whom have been in private classes for several years. 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. I have a journalism degree and a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. I also teach writing at a public Waldorf-inspired K-8 school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. I really love teens and I have so much fun with them. My goal is to make them feel confident about their writing and themselves, and help them achieve their dreams. 
Learners will be watching the videos and completing the lessons in the weekly guide. I would like students to write for at least two hours a week, but my hope is that they'll be so inspired, they will write even more. Each week, they will write at least one chapter. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
They just need a Word or Google doc so they can type out their books. They also need a notebook, pens and markers...and their imagination. The rest is provided!
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I give encouraging feedback on their writing if they share it (though this is not required) and I focus on positive feedback with the goal of building their creative confidence and inspiring them to write enthusiastically to the end. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
In the workshops, I'll be sharing slides on Canva, sometimes using excerpts from middle grade and teen novels such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Divergent by Veronica Roth. They can also use any books they love to find examples. I will share some appropriate examples from literary adult books, like the ones many kids are assigned in high school. 

Students can either share their Google or Word Docs with me or they can copy and paste their writing on the Outschool messaging. I do not edit, of course...I am keeping this class inexpensive so that more people can do it...however, I will give them very encouraging feedback so they actually finish their books. I will also teach them how to edit their own books. 

In the final video, I'll teach them how to prepare their books so that they can be printed out on or This part of the class is optional, it will just be part of the last video so that you have this information should you choose to do it. The first part of that day will be on prepping their book to print no matter what format you choose. If you want a hardcover book from, copies range in cost from 5-15 dollars plus shipping. There are other book printing sites, I've just found this one the easiest and cheapest. Parents will need to help their teens set up the account, upload their work and purchase copies. It's really amazing for them to get their own hardcover book, so I wanted to show you how to do this as part of this class. 
They will receive a PDF with brainstorming prompts for each week. They will also receive at least two asynchronous videos every week to help them finish. 


Kim Purcell
Lives in the United States
Novelist and Writing Teacher
44 total reviews
40 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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