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Writing Prompts and Exercises (in Class)

Come write with friends in a safe, supportive space!
Janelle Fila
877 total reviews for this teacher
9 reviews for this class
Completed by 137 learners
30 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Fri Aug 19

Meets Once per week
7:30pm - 8pm
4 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

This is a hands-on class were students will be asked to write. I try to influence their writing as little as possible during this half hour. The students will be given an idea or a quote or a sentence to start their writing and then are encouraged to write by themselves as much as possible. They are encouraged to share their writing with me and their peers. I try to give positive feedback and sometimes a gentle nudge in a new direction. But students are not being taught a lesson in this class. 

The main goal is to keep students writing and thinking about their stories and their characters. It is also a way to explore some creative outlets that students might not have considered on their own. The more the student understands his/her character, the better they can share that info. with the reader. Students may not ever put their character's trash into the actual story, but knowing that their character likes to go to the movies (ticket stubs) or has a tendency to get bloody noses are details that will help connect the author to the character and eventually, the reader to the character. 
I have a Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University. I love talking about all forms of writing! Writing prompts and critique-style discussion classes are something I have participated in many times over the years, and I am excited that some of my students have shown an interest in having a more hands-on, active class like this. My hope is to foster a safe space for creativity and also to connect students who enjoy reading and writing with other, like-minded students. Some of my best friends live far away from me, but we have bonded over reading each other's work. It is very brave to share your work and a great way to build authentic relationships with other people who you know you can trust. 
There is no assigned homework. Students are welcome to take the classroom prompts and continue to write about them throughout the week. They are welcome to share any parts of their stories in the classroom as well. My hope is that students will use the classroom throughout the week to read each other's work and comment in support of one another's stories and creativity. 
All prompts will be provided in class. Students may want some way to write down (or type out) their responses to keep for themselves. Otherwise they can answer questions directly in the classroom chat box.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Hopefully students will be open to sharing and possibly receiving constructive feedback from their peers. It is always wonderful to see a student take what has been said in class and apply that to the writing process. Over time, students' writing should become longer, stronger, clearer, and more focused. They should be able to write more descriptions, more scenes, and have a better understanding of their characters and stories.  
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be encouraged (but never forced) to share their stories. Shared stories will get critiqued (in as loving a way as possible). However, not all students are ready for constructive criticism. Please consider if your child is ready for honest feedback. Also, please remember that students are not being taught a lesson in this class. This is a place that encourages writing in many different shapes and forms, but the classroom style is very laid  back and casual. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
877 total reviews
691 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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