Creative Writing 101 (11+ years)
Unleash your storytelling potential with our Creative Writing course!
Build the confidence and know-how to get past staring at that blank page and to start crafting mysterious worlds, wild characters, and unlimited possibility. This is your time. How will you tell your story?
In this class, we will work together to hack your creative state, get past writer’s block, and explore your potential. I’ll share tools to help with grammar and writing flow so that you can focus on what matters – enjoying the writing process and getting creative.
We will learn essential storytelling techniques and tackle them through inspiring writing prompts. We’ll share our writing together and build up our own little portfolio of fun, spooky, thought-provoking, and suspenseful stories. Let’s go!
Week 1: Hacking The Creative Process
We are all born storytellers. Yes, even you! This week we will dive right in and learn to get past any writer’s block or fear of writing. We will play with a fun writing prompt, get to know each other, and set the groundwork for the following weeks.
Week 2: Understanding The Basic Elements of Any Story
This week we will do a basic overview of the anatomy of a story, from plot and characters to setting, going over the essential terminology before we dive into a creative writing prompt together.
Week 3: Word Makeover!
Level up your writing game by becoming a word collector! We will read “Jabberwocky” together and start to play with words. We will try putting words together in odd ways, such as “The oozing sassafras sleeked and slithered onto the buttery Birkenstock.” We’ll understand what “weak words” are and how to replace them. And finally, we’ll get cracking on a writing prompt.
Week 4: Characters That Rock
Awesome characters and the choices they make are the cornerstone of every fabulous story. Do yours rock? Today we’ll dive into brainstorming striking characters and talk about which details matter – and which really don’t. Finally, we’ll do an exercise in introducing your characters to the story in a natural way that captures the reader’s attention.
Week 5: Setting The Scene
In my opinion, right after characters, settings are the next most important part of any story – and a blast to design! This week we’ll learn how to pick a setting based on the overall mood of your story. Then, we’ll find creative words to describe that setting. Finally, we’ll find a way to loop your favorite character in and begin a new short story.
Week 6: Coffee House!
It’s the middle of the semester! Are you ready for a break? This week we’ll be sharing bits and pieces of our favorite stories so far. Come prepared with a couple of your short stories – or bring a poem or short story by an author you’d like to share with us!
Week 7: Understanding Perspective
Does it matter whether we write in first or third person? What about second person? Let’s tackle these with a few wild writing prompts and get a feel for our personal preferences.
Week 8: Writing That Matters
Short stories are fun, but can also be tools for understanding and sharing feelings, opinions, and experiences. Let’s talk about how to write about what matters, and how to express your own personal experiences through the stories you craft.
Week 9: Storytelling Through Dialogue
“And they were roommates!” This week, the snippets of conversation we overhear will matter! We are taking on one of my favorite writing prompts and learning to tell a story using only basic dialogue. How much can you make conversation count? Will your take on this prompt be spooky, funny, or serious?
Week 10: Creating Suspense
Do you want your readers to be on the edge of their seat?! Come to this class. We’ll be learning about techniques for creating suspense, building foreshadowing, and even crafting a well-written cliffhanger.
Week 11: Write What You Know
Guess what? You’re an expert! This week we’ll find out what you’re an expert in and what you wish other people knew about it. Creative writing isn’t always necessarily telling stories – sometimes creativity comes through sharing your perspective and connecting with others. Before we wrap up this semester, I’ll share a few ways you can move forward in your creative writing process, from blogging to writing inspiration pieces.
Week 12: Coffee House!
We’ve finished the semester! It’s time to show off what you’ve learned. Bring some of your favorite writing bits from this past semester and let’s all share together. Please keep timing in mind and choose a few paragraphs that you love instead of a full story – we will only have a few minutes for each story, but you can always share your written work as a file with the whole group.
- Start Date: Thursday 14th January 2021 @ 8am Pacific | 11am Eastern | 4pm UK
- Class times: Thursdays @ 8am Pacific | 11am Eastern | 4pm UK
- Class Duration: 1 hour
- Course Duration: 12 weeks
- Pricing: $180 for 12 weeks which includes:
- Age range: 11+
- Class size: Maximum of 15.
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About Your Teacher
Hannah Miller is a third-generation worldschooler and education hacker who has been defying norms and forging her own path from early on. She is wildly passionate about travel, creative arts, and education, and intentionally works to encourage others to find innovative ways to make their dreams a reality.
Hannah started her first business (in cookie sales) at age 11 and by 16 had begun an online career in content management and design. By 19, her online business had grown to the point where she could sustainably live and travel anywhere in the world. As a teen, she traveled full-time in close quarters with her family of six, building real-world skills in communication, teamwork, self-reflection, and grit along the way.
She is forever a firm believer in teens’ ability to dream big, pursue their passions at any age, build community, and do hard things.