Own Your Voice: A Writing Workshop for the Scholastic Arts Awards
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Maggie Baert
The class is now full. All 15 spots have been filled.
This is a summer workshop designed for students who have a strong interest in creative writing. My goal is to help students work on pieces that could be submitted to the Scholastic Writing Awards and to help seniors who wish to work on their writing portfolio. You can see the list of writing categories here. You will not be required to submit your pieces to the Scholastic Writing Awards, but seniors who are interested can also use their pieces to apply to writing programs in college. It’s never too early to start working on your portfolio!
Students will be asked to pick ONE category of writing for their focus over the course. For example, if a student has an interest in poetry, they will be expected to focus on poetry throughout the course and should finish with 2-3 poems that would fit the guidelines for the Scholastic Writing Awards. If a student has an idea for a critical essay or short story, they should plan to have a general idea of their topic before the class begins. I will ask students to finalize their category within the first week of class. All of our work will follow the guidelines and expectations for the Scholastic Writing Awards so everyone has the option to submit when the contest opens in the fall. To read more about the contest, you can click here.
This class is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in working on their writing/poetry skills in a fun and collaborative environment. I believe that the writing process is unique to each person, and that a healthy group environment can really help students find their writing voice. This class will be interactive, and students should expect to participate in a wide variety of exercises that will help build their confidence as a writer. This class will provide students with the perfect opportunity to experiment with writing styles. I will give honest but encouraging feedback to each student, and I hope to see students sharing helpful feedback as well. Creative writing is a very personal endeavor. In my experience as a student and teacher, a productive workshop can be a life-changing event!
- The course will last 4 weeks from June 15th to July 10th
- There will be daily workshops and writing activities to complete that will be tailored to your writing and what you want to focus on for this workshop.
- Every Friday, students will post a draft of the piece they are working on, and I will provide detailed feedback within a few days
- Students should expect to give feedback on their peer’s work and to receive feedback as well.
- Every Friday, I will hold a live workshop event via Zoom where we will talk about what we are working on and we will workshop our ideas.
- If there is enough interest, we will hold a fun reading aloud event on the final Friday of the workshop where students can each read an excerpt of their piece and share any thoughts about their writing
By the end of the 4 weeks, students should expect to have a polished piece of creative writing or a collection of poems that can be submitted to the Scholastic Writing Awards or used to apply to creative writing programs in college. The finished product might be different for everyone (ie: for anyone writing a novel or short story, they may need longer than 4 weeks to have a fully finished product.) With that said, if students come prepared to participate, they should expect to see changes within their own writing and to feel more comfortable with their creative writing strategy by the end of this course.
Note: Students who are interested in non-fiction pieces are also encouraged to apply. I will guide all students through brainstorming sessions and specific writing exercises along with edits catered to your piece. Students who are interested in the longer formats (ie: short story, critical essay, novel) should have an idea of their topic when the course starts.
Workshop Fee: $200
Class size: In order to hold meaningful conversations and for students to truly connect with each other, the class size will be limited to 15 people.
Application requirements: There is no application required for this course. Once you have paid tuition, you are fully registered. Please keep reading for more details!
Who Should Apply: Students who have a strong interest in writing of any kind are encouraged to take this course. This class is designed for students from 9th to 12th grade from all schooling backgrounds (homeschool, private school, public school). While there are no class pre-requisites, once you have paid tuition for the course, I would like all students to email me with the following information:
- Grade and age
- Sample writing piece (can be anything from a journal entry to a blog post to an email telling me about yourself)
- Idea of what writing category you are interested in
Writing Categories: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Story, Writing Portfolio.
You can view samples here: https://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/categories/
Registration: You can pay tuition for this course by following this link or clicking on "Store" at the top of this page: https://aphomeschoolers.com/oscommerce234Edge/index.php?cPath=1
Breaks: No “class” will be held on July 3rd so there will be no live workshop on that day.
Resources: All reading material will be provided online. Students should have access to a computer and an empty notebook where they can brainstorm! If students want to participate in the live workshops, they should have access to a working mic and phone/computer where calls can be held.
About the instructor:
Magdalene Baert is a former co-teacher for both AP English Language and AP English Literature with Mrs. Inspektor. She was also a student and teacher’s assistant for these classes during high school and absolutely loved her experiences. Ms. Baert graduated from New York University with a double major in English Literature and French studies and is now completing her Masters in Publishing at NYU. She loves to work with writers of all ages and is passionate about helping individuals find their writing voice. She has experience as a writing coach, tutor, translator and copyeditor, and she hopes that this workshop will inspire students to keep writing. Over the past several years, Ms. Baert has worked one on one with students from both public and private schools, and her students have performed well on AP exams and in their writing competitions. She developed this workshop with the goal of creating a space for students to come and work freely on their writing.
Please feel free to contact Ms. Baert with any questions at email@example.com
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