In this course co-taught by two popular middle school teachers, writers will play with a range of genres. Based on student interest, we may explore fiction, memoir, scriptwriting, and poetry. We will also experiment with a variety of writing strategies, such as idea generation, dialogue, imagery, character development, foreshadowing and/or suspense. Classes are capped at 16, so students will receive personal attention and build a strong sense of community.
A typical class will include: improv-style warm-up activities, reading of mentor texts, writing exercises and drafting time, workshopping with peers, and celebration of our work at the end of the week! The instructors will provide personal feedback. We will also participate in structured writing workshops, with guidelines and protocols for evaluating our peers' writing and giving each other constructive feedback in a supportive environment.