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Writing the Worlds You Imagine - Camp
Young writers use their breaks from school to develop a creative writing passion project
US Grade 7 - 10
This class is part of the "Writing the Worlds You Imagine" community of creative writing workshops, which you can read more about in my teacher profile. The Intensive Camp is a condensed version of Writing the Worlds You Imagine II, meant for those who might not be able to commit to weekly classes during the school year and/or would like to spend their breaks from school working on their creative writing passion project. This is a space for young writers to delve deeper into their creative...
Students will learn how to work with: - The Five Elements of Literature (plot, character, conflict, setting, and theme) - Revising, Editing, and Publishing (these are broad brushstroke lessons, as each of these topics is worth a separate course) They will walk away with their own writing techniques and strategies for solving writing problems. Many writers leave the class feeling more confident in their writing skills, sharing their work, and giving feedback to other writers. The ultimate goal is to learn to enjoy the process of creating, because, as writers, this is a lifelong endeavor!
While I am not a licensed therapist, I am trained in trauma-informed social emotional learning and mindfulness. I use this training to mitigate harm, provide an inclusive, social justice aware, and supportive environment, and hold space for sensitive topics that may arise.
Homework OfferedWriters are encouraged to work on their projects outside of class as they feel inspired. However, checking in and expanding on their work every day for at least 10 minutes is a good habit to get into. Writers must bring their ideas and something to share to each class meeting (1-2 pages for each class session is recommended). Writers may also set aside time to go through the modules between classes. They are also welcome to use the co-working space to do them.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedLearners assess their own progress by setting their own writing goals for their projects and naming what it is they accomplished from week to week.
Access to the Google Suite, specifically Google Docs is highly recommended, though not necessary. Additionally I will provide slides during class with prompts and use these as handouts for learners to keep.
While I do not censor the writers' topics, some violence, reference to weapons, war, or other sensitive content may come up, I ask that if this is the case, that writers submit their writing at least 24 hour beforehand to me and I can assess whether it is something they can share. If the writing is appropriate, I will ask the writer to provide a trigger warning so that others in the group may opt out of reading/listening.
I refer to Masterclass.com and the NaNoWriMo Youth Program quite frequently during lessons. Links to these resources will be provided in the classroom.
Meet the teacher
Greetings! Thank you for being here. I'm Teresa Purugganan, pronouns she/they. You can call me Ms. Purugganan (poo-roo-gah-naan). I ask that you please do not shorten it to "Ms. P" as this name has survived a long history of colonization of my...
$125for 6 classes
3x per week, 2 weeks
Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
1-6 learners per class