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This basic course in an essay and creative writing helps students develop the skills they need for academic writing now and in the future.  The course uses a structured approach to support students’ skills and gives them a framework from which to explore various types of essays and creative narratives.  

AGE:
Middle School & High School Students only
Max Seat:
15
Timing:
Saturday - 12 pm - 1pm
Teacher:
Barbara Kirksey

Price for Creative Writing Class: $240

This basic course in an essay and creative writing helps students develop the skills they need for academic writing now and in the future.  The course uses a structured approach to support students’ skills and gives them a framework from which to explore various types of essays and creative narratives.  

The following topics will be covered during the classes:

  1.  Basic rules for writing, pre-writing exercises and generating ideas.  Keeping a writing journal
  2.  Focused free writing, creating a thesis statement and introduction (the inverted triangle approach) (Journal writing  begins: Homework)
  3.  Ways to build development (Journal writing:  Homework)
  4.  Achieving coherence and writing conclusions

Assignment: Essay

  1. Forceful language and vocabulary development
  2. Creative writing–telling stories, point of view
  3. Building characters (Character creation homework)
  4. Creating dramatic tension and resolution in plots

Assignment: Character sketch for story

  1. Using symbols and metaphors, writing about places and times (Homework:  Plot outline)
  2. Writing dialog (Homework:  Field observation of dialog)
  3. Writing lab for stories

Assignment: Short story or personal narrative

Students will have exercises during the class and homework to reinforce the instruction during class.

Teacher

img_20161219_170709Barbara Kirksey began teaching English as a second language while in graduate school at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.  After 7 years, she became the director of ELS Language Center in Dallas.  She received an offer to teach at DeVry University, and spent 22 years as a professor of psychology and English.  During these years, she taught English composition, literature, and business writing  to students majoring in technical and business programs.  After taking early retirement to care for her granddaughter, she continued to teach for DeVry as an online adjunct professor.  Currently she works part time as a private tutor and copy editor, and she participates in various arts organizations in the Metroplex.

 

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