Unleash Your Creative Potential: Take Your Writing to the Next Level with Our Advanced Creative Writing Class
Refine your writing skills and create publish-worthy pieces in our advanced creative writing class.
Students, often struggle to craft compelling narratives in their writing.
Each year, we handle an average of 100 pages of essays per student applying to approximately 10 universities for college admission.
Going from writing 2-3 pages for high school essays to writing 40 to 50 essays for college applications can be daunting.
The biggest challenge we see with students is determining what to write and how to bring their ideas to life.
Furthermore, they are taught to write for grades but not to craft compelling stories in their school work.
A Compelling Story Can Improve Your College Acceptance Odds - Join Our Advanced Creative Writing Class Today!
Many students submit essays that read like an expanded version of their resume, but a well-crafted narrative can make all the difference. This is especially true for students applying to STEM-based majors, who may have neglected their writing skills during their school years.
That's why we've designed an Advanced Creative Writing Class to help students learn how to tell convincing stories.
Creative Writing Class - Level 2
Over the eight to ten weeks, students will read diverse and literarily acclaimed texts to develop skills of analysis and exposure to writing that will help guide their own projects, as well as any future writing.
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
Take Your Writing to the Next Leve:
The advanced creative writing class is designed to push you beyond your comfort zone and help you develop your writing skills to a higher level.
You'll learn advanced techniques, experiment with new writing styles, and receive constructive feedback to help you grow as a writer.
Use descriptive language:
In creative writing, you learn how to use descriptive language to create vivid and immersive worlds. This skill can translate well to college essays, where you may need to describe your experiences or surroundings in detail.
Stand out from the crowd:
Just as in creative writing, editing and revising is an essential part of writing college essays. The ability to revise and polish your writing can help you create essays that are clear, concise, and impactful.
College admissions officers read countless essays each year, and it can be challenging to make yours stand out. Creative writing can help you create essays that are unique, engaging, and memorable.
What You''ll learn/do in this Course.
Week 1: Elements of Symbolism
Students will be able to identify elements of symbolism in the text in order to analyze and describe its themes.
With their learnings of theme and symbols, students will dissect what author’s voice that they wish to portray in their first paper. J.D. Salinger has a strong and iconic voice that students will analyze and integrate into their own separate style of writing.
HOMEWORK for Week 2
Fill in the Author’s Voice Worksheet telling me what kind of voice you would like to write in for your first personal essay (due week 5).
Read “The Star” by HG Wells and answer at least 10 of the 17 questions in the margin. Pay attention to those same elements and symbols which we will come to use when you craft your own stories.
Module 2: “The Star” by HG Wells
Students will be able to define and analyze the term perspective as it applies to literary writing.
Students will contextualize fictitious events and describe how they can relate to real-life scenarios. This relates further to the idea of theme in good writing.
HOMEWORK for Week 3
Complete the “Point of View Worksheet” in your worksheets folder. Think about what POV you want your story to have. 1st, 2nd, 3rd omniscient, 3rd limited? We’ll discuss the differences, strengths and weaknesses next class.
Read & answer at least 10 of the 22 questions on the accompanying handout.
Optional: Instead of the questions, create a detailed drawing of the cave. Label 10 elements and tell what they symbolize. (For example: the fire, the sun, shadows, etc…)
Week 3: Define an allegory and create themes
Students will describe and analyze the elements of the cave like the fire, the sun, shadows, chains, and the return. Students will be able to define an allegory and create themes for an allegory of their own.
Students will incorporate elements of setting description, symbols, and characterization seen in “AOC" into their prospective personal narrative due in week 4.
Week 3 Homework
Continue your Personal Essay (due week 5). Remember to add symbols like Allegory of the Cave to portray your theme. Read the work by EA Poe. Answer the accompanying questions. Pay close attention to the tone of the piece and the word choice used to achieve the way that it makes you feel along with how that is accomplished.
Week 4: Mood of Melancholia
Students will discuss tone, word choice, and ambient characterization in exploring the mood of melancholia within Poe’s piece.
Week 4 Homework
Use your “personal essay outline” and worksheets from the previous weeks to create a personal narrative first draft. Talk about an event in your life that you would like to recount to give a particular message or theme.
Personal Narratives should be 5 - 7 pages double spaced. 12-point font.
No further reading this week! Focus on the peer review, and we’ll discuss it further next class.
Week 5: Peer Review of Personal Narratives
Mid-Term Papers due!
Students will give students constructive feedback about what they enjoyed and would like to see further, what could be improved, and questions that they had regarding each other’s pieces.
Students will describe aforementioned elements of tone, theme, and characterization within each other’s pieces to gain further insight into their own narratives.
It will be impressed upon students the value of analyzing, dissecting, and recounting a personal “life changing” experience, particularly for college and future employment opportunities.
Week 5 Homework
Read KV's Work. Answer all accompanying questions please.
Use KV's work as an example in changing your personal narrative into a fictional piece that carries a message. Brainstorm for 2 pages, essay format, stating:
- How will you portray your character?
- What pieces will be fictional? How will it help to show your theme?
- What will be the narrative arc – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
Work hard because papers are due in just 3 weeks!
Week 6: Define and Utilize Charactonyms
Students will define and utilize charactonyms as V does in his piece in order to add greater depth to their characters.
Students will integrate elements of color and name symbolism into their own creative writing.
Students will discuss the theme and realism-naturalism tension created by the alternate universe that Vonnegut depicts in his story.
Week 6 Homework
Begin writing your fictional piece in third person. Draft your exposition and rising action events. Use a charactonym and name symbolism like V to further portray your theme.
Read “HI” by KA. I think you’ll like the twist at the end if you pay close attention!
Week 7: “HI” by KA
Students will revisit the idea of perspective, particularly within science fiction writing to explore how the non-realism can sometimes get to a deeper truth of human nature.
Students will study and discuss the dialogue and author’s voice used in the passage to draw a tension between the co-occurring intimacy and estrangement of the main character.
Week 7 Homework
Finish up your fictional writing piece. Be sure to include:
- Clear perspective or point of view of the issue
- 5 – 7 pages double spaced.
- Be prepared to share with the class however you like!
Week 8: Final Paper Presentations
Students will present their papers to the class either as a storyboard or by reading the piece. They will conduct a Question-and-Answer seminar for 8-10 minutes following their presentation.
Classmates will discuss, interrogate, and analyze the symbols, themes, and tensions created within their peer’s pieces to improve their own writing and encourage the growth of our learning community.
Creative Writing Level 2 - Curriculum Under Development
We are currently working to trim the class down to either 8 or 10 weeks. After reviewing our curriculum, you'll understand why it's important for students to complete the Level 1 Creative Writing Class before enrolling in this course."
What makes us different
Personalized approach: We understand that each student has unique strengths and weaknesses, and we work with them individually to identify their areas of improvement and provide tailored feedback.
Emphasis on craft: Our class is not just about writing, but about the craft of writing. We teach students the technical skills they need to improve their writing, such as character development, plot structure, and dialogue.
Small class sizes: We limit our class sizes to ensure that each student receives ample attention and feedback from the instructor.
Real-world applications: We focus on practical writing skills that students can apply in their academic and professional lives, such as college essays, scholarship essays, and job applications.
Fun and engaging: We strive to make our class enjoyable and engaging for students, using prompts, exercises, and activities to inspire their creativity and keep them motivated.
Join the Creative Writing Level 2 Class
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If, for any reason, you don't like class, notify us the same day after the first class and we will give you full and a swift refund.
We highly recommend completing Level 1 before enrolling in Level 2 Creative Writing. Rising 10th and 11th graders can Join Level 2 without Level 1. In this class, you will engage with more advanced literary materials and practice writing analytical pieces that will enhance your future writing endeavors. Check out Creative Writing Level 1 Class here >>
The course will consist of a midterm personal narrative (2 -3 pages) that will dually function to help with applications for college and employment in the future.
Secondly, there will be a final paper that will be a science fiction short story to engage students’ sense of creativity and critical thinking (3 – 4 pages).
Stories will be peer reviewed before class via google docs and discussed as a Socratic seminar the week after in order to give students experience in giving and receiving thoughtful criticism of literary work.
Over the next eight-ten weeks, students will read diverse and literarily acclaimed texts to develop skills of analysis and exposure to writing that will help guide their own projects, as well as any future writing.
If your child has completed Level 1 Creative Writing or is an advanced writer in rising 10th or rising 11th grade, they are eligible to enroll in this class.
In the event that a class fails to meet the minimum enrollment requirement of 3 students, your fee will be refunded. Additionally, if you attend the first class and are not satisfied, please let us know on the same day, and we will issue a full refund.