Creative Writing – How To Tell A Story

Creative Writing – How To Tell A Story

Class Description: This class is going to focus on the idea of”writing” and “storytelling”itself. What does it mean to be a writer, how do you write, how do you work with language, what does it mean to tell the truth, how to craft a story, etc. the class will focus on nonfiction and personal essays where students can use their own life experiences as a basis for their writing. Ideally, students have a level of maturity that can allow them to grow and develop as a writer on a daily basis. This will be a higher level workshop in terms of how they think about writing and what it means to capture a moment in a character’s life. It will be more perspective taking, deeper analysis on character psychology, and will gear students to be more prepared for college personal statements. We will work a lot more with details, line editing, and word choice with the hope that the students can finalize a select few essays.

At the end of the class, students will be leaving with 3-4 polished personal essays.

Class Goals:

● To recognize the significance of storytelling in everyday lives and future careers.

● To develop writing skills and personal introspection.

● To write about oneself, one’s own personal life experiences, interests, ideas, and stories.

● To understand character psychology and how to craft a complex character.

● To polish and finalize personal essays that can be submitted for publication.

Class Expectations:

● We will be using both​ laptops and paper/pen. Laptops will be used when we are discussing

○ Please bring laptops still, there may be times that students will need them.

● All homework assignments will be turned in with the following guidelines:

○ Typed and printed (not handwritten)

○ 12 point font, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman

○ 1-2 pages single spaced or 2-4 pages double spaced

○ Include name, title, and page numbers

○ Turning in Assignments:

■ Email with subject: 2018 Summer Creative Writing – Story Telling Assignment # and Name by start of class.

● Students must maintain positive attitudes, give only constructive criticism, and respect others students’ work.

● What happens in class, stays in class.

○ Students may be writing about personal experiences, so please do not share or discuss anything that is said, written, or done in class outside of the classroom.

Class Start Dates, Times, Tuition:

● Tuesdays & Fridays 7/17, 7/20, 7/24, 7/27, 7/31, 8/3, 8/8

● 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

● Total 21 Hrs ● $1,020 Registration: