This course is open to students in grades 8-12 who want to explore the world of Creative Writing and the methods real writers use to "workshop" their manuscripts and get valuable feedback. Students will be guided in skills of constructive criticism and how to use such feedback in making their own work better. Students will turn in their own short story of between 5 and 10 pages early in the class and will read other student's work as well as receive multiple feedback forms from their peers and instructor. In addition, students will learn more about the techniques writers use in their work including dialogue tips, foreshadowing, descriptive and narrative language, and more!

 We all know that daily writing is important to the development of writing skills and technique. But daily writing or journaling is also a useful life-long habit for students in high school, college, and into adulthood. Students in this course will develop and hone their individual writer's voice and style through daily journaling on a variety of topics. Students will be encouraged to try a variety of voices (humor, irony, inspirational) as well as use journaling as a way to explore the world and their connection to it. Comparisons will be drawn between journaling and the field of professional online blogging. The focus of this course is less reading and more writing. Daily journal entries are to be submitted at least 4 times per week.

Students will learn practical applications for writing including resume preparation, cover and business letters, outline techniques,  agendas, minute taking, and instructional writing.  Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, adherence to format requirements, and infusion of individual personality into formal writing.

 Throughout this 8 week course, students learn how to properly “workshop” a short story written by their peers as well as how to use a good critique to improve their own work. Students will submit their own short story of 5-10 pages and will be given an opportunity for the class to workshop the piece under instructor supervision.

 We all know that daily writing is important to the development of writing skills and technique. But daily writing or journaling is also a useful life-long habit for students in high school, college, and into adulthood. Students in this course will develop and hone their individual writer's voice and style through daily journaling on a variety of topics. Students will be encouraged to try a variety of voices (humor, irony, inspirational) as well as use journaling as a way to explore the world and their connection to it. Comparisons will be drawn between journaling and the field of professional online blogging. The focus of this course is less reading and more writing. Daily journal entries are to be submitted at least 4 times per week.