In Person or Online Summer Course Students' Choice Creative Writing: Of Myths and Monsters

  • Entering grades:
    5th-8th
  • Class Size:
    4-8 Students
  • Times:
    M-F, weekly 1.5 hour classes 9:30-11 am, every week from June 7 through August 27.
  • Schedule:
    Note that June 28 week of July 4th, (4 days, prorated fee)

Course description

This class will be offered either in person or via zoom depending on demand. If in person, students will be required to wear masks and socially distance regardless of vaccination status. Please contact me and specify which format you prefer. I will not teach a class in person and remotely at the same time because it is suboptimal. I am also open to teaching outside, although that can be distracting. For in person classes, a fan and air purifier will be used. The studio does have several doors to allow a cross draft but no windows can be opened. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the classroom and students should bring their own notebook and pencil to use during class. To further minimize contact, I highly recommend students have their bathroom break at home. Parents are also asked to not wait in the studio during class time. Hand sanitizer will be available. Each week, student's will choose what topic they want to use for that week's creative writing class. The following describes Of Myths and Monsters Creative Writing class. You are choosing only the class time, the students choose the subject on Monday of the class.

What is a monster? What does the monster tell us about being human? In Of Myths and Monsters Creative Writing class, students will read about monsters, gods and heroes from a variety of different cultures. Through various writing exercises students will explore the archetype of monster that haunts all societies. Anthropology reveals that the basis of many supernatural monsters arises from a society's current environment. For example, dragons often appear in Eastern and Western myths due to the discovery of dinosaur fossils by ancient peoples. Even today, zombies and vampires in popular TV series reflect society's very real fear of pandemic diseases, such as Ebola. Drawing and improvisational exercises will enhance creative writing techniques for younger students, while persuasive writing exercises will be emphasized for older students.
Enrollment: $225*

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Seminar Syllabus

  • Day 1: Egyptian Mythology
  • Day 2: Greek or Roman Mythology
  • Day 3: Asian Mythology
  • Day 4: Fairy Tales
  • Day 5: Modern Day Monsters

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