Write Like a Pro: Author Study and Writer's Workshop

Students learn to read like a writer and write like a pro by studying the works of talented authors such as: Lemony Snicket, Dav Pilkey, J.K. Rowling, Jason Reynolds, and more.
Barbie Vargo, MAT
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse 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
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Class Experience

Each lesson students will:
♦ Study the life and works of a spotlight author.  
♦ Perform a close reading and examine a highlighted element (style, dialogue, characterization, personification, hyperbole, etc.) used by the featured author. 
♦ Draft, craft, and (optionally) share a piece of original work based upon a writing prompt inspired by the spotlight author. 
♦ Give, receive, and apply constructive feedback using a positive, peer workshopping model. 
I have a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English Writing with a Certificate in Children's Literature. Additionally, I have been published in several literary journals and online publications. 
There is no homework; however, students are encouraged to continue developing pieces began in class. Students can apply writing strategies learned in the class to shape future writings. 
Course worksheets (available in class announcements), and/or a notebook, and a writing utensil. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
An informal, formative assessment via writing samples and discussion. 
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Biographies, newspaper articles, magazine interviews, documentaries, literature samples, book excerpts, and more. 


Barbie Vargo, MAT Explore the past. Impact the present. Imagine & create the future.
132 total reviews
213 completed classes

About Me

Welcome to my Outschool Teacher Profile! It's great to virtually meet you! 

I'm Barbie Vargo, a 33 year old teacher and writer. I love educating others about my passions which include: writing, travel and culture, mindfulness, creative pursuits,... 
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