In Person or Online Summer Course Students' Choice Creative Writing: The Power of Story

  • Entering grades:
    5th-8th
  • Class Size:
    4-10 Students
  • Times:
    M-F, weekly half day classes 9:30-11 am, every week from June 7 through August 27. Afternoon classes 2:00-3:30 Weeks July 6, 13.
  • 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 session will be 1.5 hours and includes writing time. Class size will also be kept to 6 or fewer in person or 8 or fewer via zoom to allow greater teacher-student interaction. Each week, student's will choose what topic they want to use for that week's creative writing class. The following describes The Power of Story Creative Writing class. You are choosing only the class time, the students choose the subject on Monday of the class.

The Power of Story Creative Writing classintroduces techniques and structure common to good stories: concrete details, emotional resonance and the ‘Hero’s Journey’. Students will analyze and rewrite iconic stories from mythology, the Bible or fairy tales. This course will also integrate the elements of visual and verbal storytelling as students develop a PowerPoint presentation based on the story they have chosen. Cognitive science is now confirming what ancient civilizations and modern advertising have long known; ‘story’ has the power to engage, teach and move the audience. Through ‘story’, we impose order on a seemingly random and chaotic world. No homework will be assigned.
For this seminar, students are asked to bring their own laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint installed. Omega does have a limited number of laptops for use. Please contact Omega for more information.
Students planning to take The Power of Story: Application Essay are also encouraged to take this class. Younger students can take this class with instructor discretion. If your student is below 5th grade, please contact us prior to enrollment. Enrollment: $225*

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Seminar Syllabus

  • Day 1: Make it Real: Experience, Memoir and Fiction
  • Day 2: What a Feeling: Character, Emotion and Empathy
  • Day 3: The Hero’s Journey: Analyzing Story Structure
  • Day 4: Seeing is Remembering: Visual Storytelling and PowerPoint as Picture Book: Stand up and Speak: Posture, Gesture and Voice

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