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Write A Scary Short Story with Young Adult Thriller Novelist Kim Purcell

This is a fun workshop for any writer who likes scary stories.
Kim Purcell
18 total reviews for this teacher
New class
90 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Students will learn how to tell a scary story. They'll learn how to use plot devices such as foreshadowing, setting, lighting and sound to increase the suspense. 
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. This Is Not a Love Letter was one of NPR's top books of 2018 and both books have received raving, starred reviews and made top lists for books. You can look me up on or see articles about me on the web. I'm here on Outschool because my other passion is helping as many kids as I can write books. I have over twenty years of teaching experience, teaching creative writing, novel writing and English as a Second Language. I currently teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District and to 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. I have a journalism degree and a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. Most importantly, I really love kids and teens and I have so much fun with them. My goal is to make them feel confident about their writing and inspired to write even more. 
Just a notebook and pen!
No assessment! 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I will be getting them to brainstorm scary things but in a fun way. I have found that when kids write down their fears, it can help it transform and become silly and fun. However, if you have a kid who tends to get nervous if anything is a little scary, this might not be the right choice. If they are delighted by scary things, this is the perfect workshop for them. Anything they write will come from their own imaginations, not from me or from other students. I'm also a parent and I understand we don't want any nightmares. However, kids and teens tend to LOVE this workshop when I've taught it before. I will be using Canva to talk about stories and techniques, but any examples will be from middle grade or teen books. Please let me know if you have any concern about any particular scary element and I will be sure not to include this in our class. 


Kim Purcell
Lives in the United States
Novelist and Writing Teacher
18 total reviews
15 completed classes

About Me

I love teaching because I love helping my students feel empowered through writing. Their creative confidence grows as they write their novels and this gives me a lot of joy.  

My classes are fun and inclusive. I have over twenty years of... 
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