Fiction Writing Workshop (Ms. Andrea)

Fiction Writing Workshop (Ms. Andrea)

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Project Title: Ms. Andrea's Fiction Writing Workshop  
Grade Group: Grades 8-12 in fall 2021
Class Time: TBA 

Dates:
(Total six 120-min sessions)

  • Dates: TBA 
  • Meeting twice a week (M & TH) 
  • Class length: 120 min

Teacher Bio: Ms. Andrea 
I have always been a teacher, but I have been teaching professionally for four years and currently hold a Clear Credential in California for Secondary English. I was previously licensed in Colorado, where I got started with my teaching career. I love working with students to find their passions, and my favorite moments are those when students have been struggling and finally have that "ah-ha!" feeling. My undergraduate degree is in English, Secondary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and I'm working toward a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Like most English teachers, I describe myself as a voracious reader with broad literary (and non-literary) interests, and I hope that soon young adults will be reading books I have written.
B.A. English, Secondary Education, Univ. of Northern Colorado
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts, Boston (present)

Project Content

A. Overarching questions: What does it look like to study creative writing? How do I ask for and receive feedback on my work? What terminology should I know and understand in order to further talk about my work?  This is a writing-intensive course and will include at least one reading for each class in addition to the writing load.
B. General Plan:
Note that this is very rough, but it gives a general outline of what I’d like to cover.

  • Pre-work: two writing exercises + read a couple of stories relevant for craft lesson
  • Day 1: Craft elements + 1 in-class exercise and 1 homework exercise + workshop days sign up
  • Day 2: How to respond to work + what revision looks like + revision homework and commenting on a practice story
  • Day 3: The practice workshop utilizing prework + story turn-in for workshoppers
  • Day 4: Writing exercises + Workshops
  • Day 5: Writing exercises + Workshops
  • Day 6: Reflection, alternative models, etc.

Some Rationale from Ms. Andrea:
The age-range here is big, but I think it always is amongst writers (except maybe during K-12, when students are grouped based on age). All perspectives are useful in writing, and we will talk about how every person is an authority.
 

Other Projects: 

Reading Contemporary Fiction - Summer 2021 (G10-12)

Class Description: What do we look for when we read modern texts? What counts as “literature” and why? What are these texts hoping to accomplish, and how are they doing something different from what is canonically recognized in English Literature? Why are these novels worth reading?

While a good chunk of our work will be discussion based, we will do a writing exercise each day. One will be some sort of craft analysis (thinking about a writing technique in the novel, which will have been discussed in class); one will be creative, based on something in the novel; and one will have to do with themes. These will be due before the next class meeting. For the final novel, however, we will only have two writings, skipping the creative one. I would also like to ask students to read one other novel during the session from a list I’ll offer and to complete a short essay/presentation on why it was worth reading. Class Duration: 3 weeks; 9 sessions

Note: Students will be asked to participate in three 1.5 hour group sessions per week. These will be where most of the discussion happens. They will also have work to do between sessions, which will include pre-AP level reading and writing.


#cancelled: Literary Analysis of Anna Karenina - Summer 2021 (G9-12)

Class Description: 

The ultimate goal of this course is to prepare for challenging English coursework that lies in the upper years of high school. We will be studying a novel that is often referenced on standardized tests and is particularly useful in AP English Literature and Composition (generally taken in senior year). We will consider literary devices and some advanced reading techniques in addition to discussing themes, symbols, characterization, and other significant writing choices in this novel. This is a reading- and discussion-heavy course, but each student will receive personalized writing feedback as well. Class Duration: 4 weeks; 8 sessions

 

[SUMMER PROJECT 2021 POLICY & REGULATION]

  • After signing up for the project, your will be receiving a confirmation email. 
    • Class Size: max. 6 students 
    • Absence & Make-up Policy: No make up for the absent online classes. No refund for the absent online classes. 
    • Cancellation & Refund Policy:
      - If you cancel before the April 30, you will get a full refund.
  • Request for a refund must be received in writing. The summer project application fee (non-refundable $50) will be excluded from the refund.
    - If you cancel after April 30, there will be no refund. 
    - No adjustment of fees if a student is withdrawn during the summer program.
    - No refund and no make-up for the absent or late classes.
    - No adjustment of fees if a student is dismissed for conduct prejudicial to the discipline and/or good name of our organization.