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Location: The Quaker Meetinghouse in West Hartford.

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Virtual Creative Writing Class

by Caley Henderson

6th - 10th grade (slightly younger or older with instructor consent)

Mondays Feb. 12 - May 7th : 9:00-10:15 AM (12 sessions excluding 2/20)

The goal of this class is to get students excited (or even more excited) about writing. Along the way, the class will help students to improve their grammatical fluency and writing techniques, skills that will easily translate to any writing project they wish to tackle in the future! For this class, students will write one creative assignment each week. These assignments encompass a range of genres, including short stories, personal essays and poetry. If their imaginations take them in an unexpected direction, our group will be happy to welcome surprises as well! These stories will then be shared and discussed in our supportive group setting. In past classes, this practice of sharing work with friends has engendered true enthusiasm and improvement in budding writers: hearing their peers’ efforts often inspires new story concepts and receiving constructive critiques improves their own writing. I will also carefully edit each finished piece, returning students’ work with encouragement and suggestions for improvement on a weekly basis. As a result of this detailed and direct feedback, students are able to quickly improve and gain confidence in their writing ability.

One of the most wonderful parts about this class structure is that I can meet each student individually where they are, no matter what level of writing ability or enthusiasm they possess. If a student is already an accomplished and passionate writer, this class provides a wonderful forum for them to practice the art of writing, helped along by my suggestions and commentary from their peers. Our class also gives them access to a community of writers their own age. If a student is less immediately enthralled by the idea of writing, this class is flexible enough to allow them to try writing stories about things that they love. I have found that this student-centric approach often convinces even the most reluctant participants to get excited about writing—an outlook that inevitably leads to improvement in their writing skill.

In an effort to help students improve the mechanics of their writing, this class also includes a variety of grammar games, editing exercises and even a vocabulary competition in which competitors will vie for vocab victory! These are always a lot of fun—the competition was especially intense for last year’s Wacky Word title—but these games also help students to improve their written diction and syntax. In my experience, this combination of discussion, story sharing and goofy games is a winning combination to get students excited about writing. I cannot wait to meet all of your young writers!

Class Details

Where: Caley will be conducting the class via Google Hangouts. In order to participate, students need access to a computer with an internet connection and a Gmail address.

Cost: $240 - $80 deposit due by January 30th.  Balance of $160 due by Feb. 11th.*

*I am only accepting a limited number of students because I believe that students derive far greater benefits from the close community that results from small class sizes. In order to secure your child’s spot, please send in a non-refundable $80 registration fee by January 30th. The remainder of $160 should be paid prior to Feb. 12th, 2018.

Registration: Mail check to Caley Henderson at the following address: P.O. Box 2202, 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury VT 05753

Questions?? Contact Caley at caleyhenderson@gmail.com or call at (860) 913-1446.

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