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Writing Into Summer (HS): Plots, Setting, Dialogue

This week-long writing course provides students with the tools, guidance, and encouragement to complete their novel, including setting realistic goals, character development, overcoming writer's block, story idea generation, and more.
John Peragine
4 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 5x per week
Over 1 week
90 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Whether you're a first-time novelist or a seasoned writer, this workshop caters to writers of all levels. The experienced instructor will take you through a series of interactive sessions that cover various aspects of novel writing. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect:

Preparing for Writing a Novel:

Setting realistic goals and establishing writing routines.
Brainstorming and outlining techniques to give your story structure.
Building compelling characters and crafting engaging plots.

Overcoming Writer's Block:

Strategies to overcome creative blocks and self-doubt.
Freewriting exercises and prompts to stimulate creativity.
Techniques to maintain motivation and stay focused throughout the month.

Developing Your Writing Skills:

Polishing your prose and enhancing your storytelling abilities.
Tips for creating authentic dialogue and captivating descriptions.
Exploring different narrative techniques to make your story shine.

Navigating the Writing Process:

Managing time effectively and prioritizing writing amidst other commitments.
Troubleshooting common challenges encountered during the writing process.
Strategies for revising, editing, and refining your manuscript.

Building a Supportive Writing Community:

Connecting with class participants for encouragement and feedback.
Sharing your progress, challenges, and triumphs in a supportive environment.
I'm an award-winning Middle-Grade Fantasy author. I have written hundreds of books and articles for organizations such as the New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Today Show. I have taught writing all over the country at different writing conferences and events.
Each day there will be homework assigned to students from the worksheets provided. These should not take too long and are designed to help the students build skills, not something they need to turn in the following day.
Handouts will be provided for each class. A simple notebook and pen are recommended. Also, access to Microsoft Word or other word processors can be helpful. A workbook (PDF) will also be provided free of charge to each student.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
7 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students may sign up for CampNaNoWrimo on their website. Parental Guidance is recommended as this is a public site. Participation in Camp NaNoWriMo is not a requisite for this class, and no communication between the teacher and students will NOT take place off the Outschool site. All discussions between peers are to take place during the classes or on the classroom board and will be moderated.
The source for the curriculum is NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program. Plottr and Scrivner are two programs that will be referenced. These are tools that can be used in novel writing. These are not required, but can be helpful for students outside the class. 


John Peragine
Lives in the United States
Author and Dungeon Master
4 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

I am a full time author of middle grade books and a journalist. I have written hundreds of books and articles on all sorts of topics, many related to writing and publishing. I have also taught writing and publishing at professional conferences all... 
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