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Creative Writing for Teenagers
Explore, experiment, and find your writing voice..
Develop your skills and discover your potential as a writer.
We’ll focus on what makes stories work, how to create memorable characters and immersive settings that draw your reader in, and how to edit and revise your work.
This six-week online course is aimed at 13-17 year olds. Guided by an experienced tutor, you’ll work as part of a small group in a fun, safe online classroom. You tutor will offer detailed, practical feedback and advice on the writing process.
Please note, all students need a parent or guardian’s permission to join the course.
Rupert is a YA and children’s author. He has published three novels with Simon & Schuster . He mentors novel-writers and has taught BA writing students and supervised MA final projects at Falmouth University. He is a Teaching Associate on the Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge University.
How it works
We give you the theory in the form of videos, podcasts, written lectures and reading extracts. In the case of our live workshops, this includes a live online seminar.
You put it into practice by completing the writing assignments.
You share your work with the small group of fellow writers and the teaching team.
Your tutor and fellow learners read your work and give professional-style feedback on your submission. Giving feedback notes helps to build your skills as an editor - a critical part of the writing process.
You reflect on the exercises with the group and share what you’ve learned.
You use what you learned from the feedback and discussions to review your work and improve it.
Things to know
Our online course is suitable for 13-17 year olds (please note, all students will need a parent or guardian’s permission to join the course).
During this course you will:
- Explore where ideas come from, and how to find inspiration
- Get better at plot, characters, setting and dialogue
- Complete quizzes and try out practical writing assignments
- Join other young writers to share and discuss ideas, and find out what makes stories work
- Understand the writing process: read, write, revise, edit
- Start reading like a writer
- Quiz a professional fiction writer about anything
- Start to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a writer In the final week, you’ll work on a short story or the opening pages of a novel, which you will submit for feedback from your tutor at the end of the course.
Each course is divided into sessions. These sessions are released one by one (weekly or fortnightly, depending on the course).
There’s no need to log on at a set time. You can work through the learning materials whenever suits you, day or night, wherever you are in the world. Just complete the assignments and join forum discussions by the session deadline.
Our teaching method is based on the science of active learning: you read/listen/watch, try out, share and reflect. It’s a social experience – you become part of a small group, feeding back on each other’s writing to build a supportive bunch of readers you trust. Find out more here .
Session 1: Inspiration and ideas – Where do stories come from? We’ll look at how to tap into creative inspiration and get ideas from your head and onto the page. You’ll experiment with different ways to start coming up with ideas for stories.
Session 2: Creating characters – We’ll look at how to come up with ideas for characters, why it’s important to know who your characters are inside and out, and how dialogue and movement can make your characters stand out.
Session 3: Your story world – We’ll look at the role setting and atmosphere play in your story and techniques for bringing your story world to life.
Session 4: Point of view – Whose story am I writing? We’ll look at different types of point of view and what they bring to a story, and how to work out who should tell your story.
Session 5: Shaping a story – This session is all about how to plan and shape a story. We’ll look at how to craft satisfying beginnings, middles and ends, and where to start a novel or short story idea.
Session 6: Write your own story – In this final session, you’ll bring everything you’ve learned over the past few weeks together to work on a longer piece of up to 1000 words. You can either revisit one of your ideas from the previous sessions or start something new based on what you’ve learned. Your tutor will provide feedback on your work.
Join our alumni
After your course, you can join our online alumni where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. The alumni is a friendly group of writers who support each other as they continue to explore and develop their writing.
Within our online alumni area you can:
- Rejoin your classmates on a private forum and access an archived version of your course materials and forum posts
- Meet alumni from other courses and groups and share your work for feedback on our alumni critiquing forum
- Join in on discussions about reading, writing, editing and ideas on our general discussion forum. This is also where we share news and useful info
- Retain access to our resources area, which has interesting and informative links
- Chat with other people online using the alumni area live chatroom. We also host live chats with guests here
Commission a report on your work
If you’d like to receive a personalised, detailed report on your final piece of writing from your course tutor, this is available at an extra cost. You’ll receive detailed written feedback assessing your ideas and writing, plus advice on what steps to take next.
Taking things further
If you’d like to continue on to another Professional Writing Academy course, we’ll give you a discount. Please get in touch for more details.
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Lighthouse's Young Writers Workshops are designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. There are no grades here, just the stories. We offer workshops at Lighthouse including afterschool and weekend workshops, the Young Authors Collective, and summer camps, as well as youth outreach in schools, at juvenile residential treatment centers, and in collaboration with other arts organizations.
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Lighthouse connects kids and teens to words, new friends, and a writing community. We offer workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and many other genres and topics. Our classes are taught by published authors and are designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing.
Summer Writing Camps
Lighthouse's Young Writers Camps are led by published and award-winning writers, and each workshop is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing in young writers aged 8 to 18. Registration for half-day camp and applications for full-day camp will open on January 1, 2019.
The Young Writers Program offers creative writing workshops in public and private schools as well as juvenile residential treatment centers throughout the Denver metro area. Led by working, published writers with a passion for sharing their craft, our outreach workshops provide access to our innovative creative writing programming for young people who cannot come to Lighthouse.
The Young Authors Collective, or YAC, is a group of talented, word-obsessed high school writers dedicated to experimenting with new creative forms, collaborating with other arts organizations, and writing a ton. We meet once a week at Lighthouse to generate new pieces, give friendly feedback, and work towards publication.
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Fiction Writing Course for Young Writers | Writing Mastery
Fiction for Young Writers
A fun, interactive online course to help young writers unlock their creativity, improve their craft, and write better stories (ages 9+).
International bestselling author, Jessica Brody and acclaimed author and writing teacher Joanne Rendell, share their secrets of writing great fiction in this special, one-of-a-kind creative writing course for young writers.
Fiction for Young Writers is a fun and interactive, self-paced workshop designed for ages 9 and up that will teach young writers the essential ingredients of great fiction, so they can improve their writing, tell better stories, write more vivid scenes, and build confidence in their writing abilities.
Jessica and Joanne (who are also writing a young adult sci-fi trilogy together) have created a dynamic course to help young writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.
This course is jam packed full of:
- Examples from popular books and movies that will help you fully understand the elements of great storytelling
- Loads of fun writing prompts designed to spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing
- Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an amazing writer
Jessica’s ten years of professional experience writing commercial fiction for kids and teens combined with Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of classic literature and the writing craft makes for an engaging, humorous, and enlightening class that is guaranteed to remind young writers why they love to write.
37 Video Lectures
3.5 hours of content, 20 exercises & handouts, in this course, you'll learn how to....
- Unlock your creativity and spark your imagination with lots of fun writing prompts
- Create awesome characters who will jump right off the page and take your stories to the next level
- Write dazzling dialogue that will transform lifeless scenes into vibrant stories
- Build memorable settings that shape the world of your story and bring that world to life
- Narrate stories from an engaging and interesting point of view to hook your readers and draw them into your fictional worlds
- Develop exciting plots that will keep your stories on track and have your readers on the edge of their seats to find out what happens next!
- Expand a single idea into a compelling finished story
Meet Your Instructors
Hello, I’m Jessica Brody and in twelve short years, I’ve sold than 20 novels to major publishers like Simon and Schuster, Random House and Macmillan. I’m also hired by Disney Press to write books based on some of their popular franchises like Descendants and LEGO Disney Princess Lego. I’m excited to share my storytelling methods and techniques with young writers!
Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels published by Penguin. She is also the co-author (with Jessica Brody) of The System Divine trilogy, a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables , published by Simon and Schuster. She writes essays and interviews for the Huffington Post and other publications. She also has a PhD in literature and teaches fiction writing to teens and kids in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son.
Who is this Course For?
- Writers 9 and up
- Parents who want to get their kids excited about writing
- Anyone who likes to write fiction
- Anyone who wants to improve their fiction writing
- Anyone looking for writing inspiration
- Writers who need help finishing a story
What Students are Saying
"i've been watching this with my 14-year-old daughter and now she's so inspired to write".
"My niece Elise,10, is an avid reader and a budding writer -- and she LOVES this course."
"my 9-year-old son is now full of ideas for his current story.", "i never thought that my 10-year-old daughter and i would have so much fun doing an online course", "by the end i was able to plot out a story, and i have never been able to do that before. i had so much fun with the course that i was sad at the last lecture.".
-Autumn D. (age 10)
"My kids say, 'This class is awesome!' I use it as a homeschool writing course and have seen first-hand major improvements in their writing."
"i enjoyed [this course], especially the writing prompts and being able to hear what the instructors wrote as well.".
-Hindy A. (age 13)
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This course is part of our Writing Mastery Academy membership. Get unlimited access to our entire course library for only $15/month. That’s 100+ hours of content to help you break through challenges and achieve your writing goals.
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Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course
OFFICIAL SAVE THE CAT! COURSE Discover the secret storytelling code behind all great novels and use it to outline, write or revise your own
Novel Fast Drafting Course
Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)
The Complete Novel Revision Course
Learn a time-tested, step-by-step revision process for taking your novel from first draft to final draft
Crafting Dynamic Characters
Learn to create fully fleshed-out, dynamic characters and how to reveal them to the reader in a way that grabs their attention and captures their heart
Foundations of Fiction
Master the foundations of compelling fiction and use them to craft killer novels, memoirs, or short stories
Productivity Hacks for Writers
Learn to "hack" your brain, space, and devices to stay focused, be more productive, and get the most out of every writing day
Conquering Writer's Block
Proven strategies, techniques, and tools to overcome writer's block (for good!), and become a Prolific Writer
Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell
Unleash your creativity and brainstorm "high-concept" book and movie ideas that sell
Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher
A comprehensive, step-by-step insider's guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author
Secrets to Self-Publishing Success
A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to successfully self-publishing and marketing your novel, with bestselling author Bethany Atazadeh
Monthly webinars (with Jessica Brody and special guests) where we deep dive into a variety of writing topics and answer your questions. Join live or watch the recording
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- Access to our video library of frequently asked writing questions
- Learn on the go (access courses on any connected device)
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Instantly! As soon as you enroll as a member, you’ll get access to all Writing Mastery Academy courses, video lectures, and exercises.
Absolutely! The video lectures inside all of our courses are pre-recorded so that you can start the course and work through the lectures at your own pace. There is no need to show up at a specific time, you’ll be able to login and start watching at whatever time suits you best. You can also take each course as many times as you want!
You will need an internet connection to stream the video lectures. You can access the courses on any device: desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile. Some of the exercises will ask you to write (these are writing courses after all!) so, you’ll want either a computer or pen and paper close by!
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Take your writing to the next level. Join our Writing Summer School on the Oxford University campus, or online, to sharpen your writing skills and develop the confidence and knowledge to put you ahead of the curve – in your university application and beyond.
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The tutor was brilliant and my classmates were amazing. I was able to form a wonderful connection with all of them in my Creative Writing classes. Trust me, you will not regret it!
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My Oxford Scholastica course was one of the best things I’ve ever done. My tutor was super inspiring and encouraged me to learn so much! I loved it – thank you Oxford Scholastica.
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Study writing with us and you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to take the next step in your journey as a writer. During your time in Oxford, we will:
- Tell you the secrets of creative writing for different genres, such as plot and character development, and the importance of dialogue
- Introduce you to a taster of university life, with top quality teaching from our expert staff
- Introduce you to a real-life writer, who’ll answer your questions on what it’s really like to earn a living from writing
- Give you the chance to begin forming your own professional network and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
- Give you all the insights you need for your stage of education on our fully accredited writing course
- Help you to decide on the best university course for you, and equip you with excellent subject knowledge and experiences which will be invaluable for university applications
- Give you practical challenges to exercise your new skills, such as creating and editing a magazine or dreaming up a new book series
- Experience Oxford life, and walk in the footsteps of famous writers including J. R. R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde
- Enable you, once you’ve completed your writing course, to graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School
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You’ll learn in small, dynamic classes just as you would at top UK universities. You’ll be taught by our first-class teaching faculty thereby ensuring you have the very best writing summer school experience.
You’ll have the opportunity to study and socialise on the Oxford University campus, and take part in legendary activities such as punting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with ambitious students like you from all over the world.
You’ll leave equipped with key skills for the future – like public speaking, how to prepare for your future career and how to bounce back from failure – thanks to our Masterclass programme.
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Writing Classes for Kids
Want to learn how to write? From picture books to non-fiction short stories, there’s a whole world of creative possibilities when you explore your writing skills!
Today, we are going to share the best online writing classes. Whether you’re in elementary school, middle school, or high school, there’s a writing program for your unique point of view and abilities.
Ready to jump into the world of writing? Let’s go!
Why Writing Classes?
Want to catch up or get college credits (or just trying to find a muse for your writing process)? Writing classes can provide the inspiration and fundamentals you need!
Unfortunately, traditional education doesn’t place enough of an emphasis on writing as it does on other subjects. That’s where writing classes come in. Along with learning the ropes, writing classes (in person or virtual) can light up your imagination!
Interested in learning more about writing? Here are some handy resources:
Write Your Own Picture Book
Write Your Own Novel (Juni Course)
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At the end of the day, writing is about expression. Writing courses can help you build the skills and confidence you need to express the world inside your head!
Discover our online writing courses for kids!
Best Online Writing Classes
Whether as a supplement to homeschooling or getting ready for college prep, online writing classes can provide writing tips, writing exercises, and even story ideas for any experience or grade level. Let’s take a look at the top online writing courses for kids!
First up to bat, we have Brave Writer ! If you’re looking for a way to fall in love with writing, then this might be a great start. From novice notetakers to aspiring novelists, Brave Writer offers kid-friendly resources and classes to level up your writing skills!
Ideal for any grade level, this writing program is segmented into five main age groups: Beginning Writers (5-8), Growing Writers (9-10), Middle School Writers (11-12), High School Writers (13-14), and College Prep Writers (15-18).
Creative Writing for Kids: Write a Spy Story!
Writing has never been more thrilling! In the Creative Writing for Kids: Write a Spy Story ! online course, kids get to learn how to write a spy thriller. From developing characters to plotting a story, this class is super engaging & fun!
Designed for kids age 11-14, Write a Spy Story! is a well-paced course. The class also includes a comprehensive workbook. It’s also great for homeschooled kids, helping to provide a creative boost to standard in-home curricula!
Creative Writing for Kids: Write the Future!
As another course offered by Udemy, Creative Writing for Kids: Write the Future ! is all about writing futuristic stories! This is a great supplement to homeschool studies or anyone that wants to flex their futuristic writing muscles.
From futuristic to dystopian to sci-fi, this course helps beginners learn the fundamentals to this type of writing. From character development to plot twists to engaging dialogue, you can learn to put your futuristic ideas on paper!
Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids
With no required prerequisites, kids of all ages (but ideally grades 4-7) can jump right into Fiction Writing Workshop for Kids ! This class offers on-demand video, as well as six downloadable resources for an effective, step-by-step approach.
Three separate story ideas are explored in this course, allowing students to explore the most popular themes in fiction writing. These main themes are Pet Story, Quest Story, and Superhero Story. At the end of the course, you get to create your own story!
Five-Minute Creative Writing Challenges
Though this is on a list for kids, Five-Minute Creative Writing Challenges is great for all ages (including elementary kids, teenagers, and adults)! If you want to learn the techniques of some of history’s greatest writers, this is the course for you!
Keep in mind that this course is offered in free and paid versions. The free course offers access to online video content. The paid course offers online video content along with certificate of completion, instructor Q&A, and instructor direct message.
My Favorite Things: Fun & Easy Writing Course
Need help writing full paragraphs? My Favorite Things: Fun & Easy Writing Course for Kids is the class for you! With self-expression at the heart of it, this course helps kids find their love of writing and lifelong learning.
Ideal for ages 5-9, My Favorite Things: Fun & Easy Writing Course for Kids uses cartoons to help kids learn how to write paragraphs on their favorite things. This course includes on-demand video and downloadable resources!
The Writer’s Workshop for Kids
Looking for a writing class geared toward K-6? The Writer’s Workshop for Kids , brought by the instructor Ronni Rowland, is an engaging live-writing class format that is offered via Google Classroom and Zoom!
Creative and non-sectarian, The Writer’s Workshop for Kids inspires kids to write more and in many different writing styles. Utilizing standards-based lessons, the course makes writing fun & accessible for younger kids!
Young Writer’s Blueprint
Are you an aspiring writer aged 6-10? Know one? Young Writer’s Blueprint should be your first stop! Award-winning author, Alice Kuipers, covers different writing skills that include gathering ideas, creating characters & settings, writing short stories, and more!
As a free resource, Young Writer’s Blueprint is meant to boost literacy and love for writing. The course is made up of seven main units, making it easy for adults and young kids to follow along and build a solid writing foundation!
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Final Notes: Writing Classes for Kids
Writing is a magical experience. Regardless of your writing style or experience, writing activities help with creativity, self-expression, communication, and so much more! Language arts as a whole is super helpful in today’s world.
Being able to express yourself clearly takes patience and practice. With the right resources and guidance, you can gain the confidence to create your own graphic novels, children’s books, and anything in between!
From writing skills to coding to video game development, Juni offers education for the real world. STEAM learning is accessible & fun with our personalized 1:1 instruction.
No matter the format, Juni courses are fun & engaging online experiences. Where students learn the skills they need for future careers and hobbies, in subjects that are usually hard to find in traditional classrooms. All taught in a hands-on way that kids love!
Find the Right Course For You
Juni Learning offers award-winning online courses for kids ages 8-18. Explore private one-on-one courses in real world skills like coding, investing, communications and much more. We strive to empower students everywhere with passion, creativity, and excitement for hands-on learning.
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Summer Tutoring Programs
Want to avoid summer learning loss (aka summer slump) or get ahead? Learn more about the many benefits of summer tutoring programs!
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"I loved the online courses — they are the best way to expand or explore your horizons. I really enjoyed each and every session, so much so, that after taking the first course, I signed up for two more! Great investment and definitely worth the time."
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Brave Writer 201: Academic Revision
Brave Writer 201: Academic Revision pulls back the veil to reveal specific techniques writers use to create nonfiction and academic writing that packs a punch. In all types of writing—from research papers to novels and short stories, revision is where this magic occurs.
Prerequisites: For writers ages 11+ who have a foundation in the Brave Writer approach to writing.
Class size: 25
Start date: November, 2023
Elementary Writing: Telling Tales
Stories from around the world await you in this class. Elementary Writing: Telling Tales enrolls you with your child(ren) in this class. Since the writing activities are flexible and you get to choose your own books, this class is a perfect fit for a variety of ages, particularly for those kids in the Jot It Down or Partnership Writing phases.
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Start date: Open all year round
Brave Writer 101: Guided Writing Process
Brave Writer 101: Guided Writing Process is unique in the world of writing instruction. Our goal? To show you how to be your children’s trusted partner and ally in the writing process. No more fights over three more sentences. We provide tools to help your stuck writers get unstuck. Let’s get you and your child on the same side of the fence.
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Family Writing: Groovy Grammar Workshop
Enroll the whole family (parents included!) in Groovy Grammar Workshop and explore how writers use grammar to add power to their writing! Learn a natural approach to teaching grammar. This workshop stands the whole concept of grammar on its head. Students are instead encouraged to play with language, to explore how words bump up against each other and generate meaning.
Brave Writer 102: Learning to Revise
This step in the writing process is the part parents struggle with the most! Let us walk you through the revision process, so you can do it at home with confidence.
Prerequisites: Students are recommended to take Brave Writer 101 before this course.
Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Graphic-novelize your Life!
In this workshop, you’ll get practice turning your angst—or joys—into an engrossing comic. You’re invited to bring your favorite autobiographical comics in for inspiration for yourself and others or peruse the work of cartoonists that the instructor—a Scholastic graphic novelist—loves.
Prerequisites: For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.
Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Truth in Fiction: Writing Yourself on Screen
In this class students will learn the basics of screenwriting: format, scene structure, and the elements of a scene. We will be watching some examples to enhance our understanding of some of these basic elements as well as go over the basic plot structure of a feature length film. Get ready for a jam packed workshop with a lot of prompted free-writing to get ideas generated and to get you more comfortable with the format of screenwriting.
Start date: December, 2023
Elementary Writing: Story Switcheroo
Story Switcheroo enrolls you with your child(ren) in this class. In this class, we create a mixed-up land for your kids to explore. We combine story elements, lighthearted writing exercises and imaginative play to introduce your child to a whole new magical world—of writing!
Start date: January, 2024
Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Healing Through Words: A Poetry Workshop for Wellness
Join our nurturing and therapeutic poetry workshop designed to explore the profound connection between writing and wellness. In this class, we will embark on a journey of self-expression and healing through the art of poetry.
Start date: October, 2023
Elementary Writing: Animal Stories
The Elementary Writing: Animal Stories course exposes kids to the fascinating and varied genre of animal tales. This class invites you to revisit old favorites and find new tales to explore as you uncover what makes animal stories tick. With the support of a writing coach, you and your children will read and enjoy stories of your choice together.
Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Intro to Poetry: For Poets Who Don't Realize They Are Poets
Do you have a love for metaphors and similes? Do you find yourself writing poems or lyrics in your journal that you often keep to yourself? If you've answered "yes" to at least one of those questions then you are a poet. Join this workshop to demystify the art of poetry.
Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Ghoul School: Writing Stories That Haunt
The ghost story is one of the oldest and most powerful literary traditions—with the earliest depiction of a ghost dating back to a stone tablet from 1500 B.C.E. Babylon. What gives such stories such a powerful hold on readers? And what separates the successful ghost story that lingers in the readers' minds from one that merely features rattling chains and bumps in the night? In this course, we will explore a very brief history of the ghost story, discuss its conventions (and how writers have resisted such conventions), and practice writing micro-scenes that might serve for the start of your own work within this esteemed genre. This course will be useful for writers of any genre, but especially writers of short horror fiction.
How to choose a creative writing class for kids
Looking to help a child build their writing skillset, learn more about the craft of writing, or finally finish that story they've been working on? You’re in the right place. That’s why we built this directory of the best creative writing courses.
However, creative writing classes aren’t one size fit all. If you’re planning to enroll your child in a creative writing class for kids, you’ll want to make sure that it matches what you’re seeking.
So make sure to consider the following questions when you’re researching kids writing courses:
- Who is the instructor? How many years of experience do they have in working with children?
- Is there something in particular you’d like your child to learn about writing? Does this course include it?
- How long is the course, and where is it taught?
- How much does the kids writing course cost? Does it fit into your budget?
More kids creative writing resources
Whether you’re a new or established author, there are always evergreen resources out there to how to help a kid get a headstart on writing.
Free online materials
- Creative Writing Prompts (resource)
- Book Title Generator (resource)
- Character Name Generator (resource)
- Plot Generator (resource)
- Short Stories (resource)
- How to Write a Novel (blog post)
- How to Edit a Book (blog post)
- For writers in the UK: Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
- For writers in the US: Writer’s Market 2020
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Hi. I’m Craig.
I am a professional writer and educator for 20+ years. i’m here to say writing is not enrichment. it is essential., we are living in a new era. creative thinking is crucial to survive and prosper. so why is creative writing still called an “elective”, it deserves to be the cornerstone..
If your child loves to write and wants more creative stimulation and mentoring, you are in the right place. If your child avoids writing like the plague because it’s too hard to organize thoughts or they just simply don’t like it, you are in the right place. If your child is dealing with emotional challenges, finding it hard to open up and needs something therapeutic, you are in the right place.
Courses and classes, all classes are virrtual, writing foundations level 1, all ages & levels.
Most writing classes for kids focus on form and outer structure – Word Up Kids’ technique focuses on the inner form. Where do ideas come from? How do we bridge the gap between thought and expression? Why is finding the inner voice so hard?
We take the mystery out of writing and make it simple – and endlessly fun. Students have the option to publish their work in our Anthology series or in their own book.
My method is individualized based on your child’s age and needs.
Session 1 June 8 – June 29 Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm Ages 7-12 June 9 – June 30 Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm Ages 13 and Up
Session 2 July 6 – July 27 Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm Ages 7-12 July 7 – July 28 Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm Ages 13 and Up
Session 3 August 3 – August 24 Tuesdays Ages 7-12 August 4 – August 25 Wednesdays Ages 13 and Up
4 weeks, 1 class per week | $300.
All classes are virtual.
HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE PREP
Most courses on writing consider the main purpose of writing to be communication. Few courses see writing as a way of shaping thought.
Yes, writing needs to be a clear, direct communication of thought and ideas. But many of our thoughts first come into clarity only after the pen hits the paper.
This course provides high school and college students with a method for bridging the gap between thinking and writing that will prevent falling into writer’s block. It will dramatically improve one’s ability to come up with and express ideas, and be of great educational and practical value.
Session 2 July 6 – July 27 Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm (High School) July 8 – July 29 Thursdays 5-6pm (College)
4 weeks, 1 class per week | $300
Private sessions & mentoring, 1 to 1 tutoring, (or build your own class).
If you are looking for 1 to 1 writing mentoring – or wish to build your own class – this is for you. These sessions will be tailored to your writing goals and schedule needs. Students have the option of publishing their work in our Word Up Kids Anthology series, or work on creating their own book.
Price: $125/hr. solo | $150/hr. duo | $175/hr. trio
FAMILY WRITER’S CIRCLE
I have tried to create the workshop I have most wanted to attend with my own family. In these interactive sessions I’ve designed interpersonal writing and sharing exercises that help family members take off their masks in a safe space so that they can better see, hear, understand and love one another.
The family that writes together…
Price: $200 per hour
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Cambridge Creative Writing Course (Ages 13-15) (Cambridge, 13-15 years) summer course in Cambridge, by Immerse Education.
For centuries, the halls of Cambridge University colleges have produced some of the world’s most renowned professional writers, from C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath to John Milton. On Immerse Education’s Creative Writing summer programme, you will hone your creative skills within the very same surroundings, in our creative writing program. You will get your creative juices flowing, while our expert tutors lead small classes to ensure you get the attention needed to perfect your craft.The Creative Writing Summer School for 13-15-year-olds in Cambridge will reveal the secrets to becoming a great writer. The curriculum will introduce you to all phases of the writing process, including idea generation, writing and editing, revising drafts, and more.
- Average class size of 7
- 1:1 tutorials
- Academic workshops
- World-class tutors
- Certificate & detailed participant evaluation
- Personal project or Creative portfolio
- Experience Oxbridge life
- Enhance key academic skills
- 13 nights accommodation in a central college of the University of Cambridge or Oxford
- Breakfast and dinner in College Hall
- Accommodation in an individual bedroom
- 40 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
- Carefully designed study and lecture materials
- Mentor programme and access to support material
- All excursions- including formal dinner at Cambridge/Oxford colleges, punting, croquet
- Comprehensive summer school insurance
- 2 coach excursions including a trip to London
- Graduation ceremony and certificate
- Detailed evaluation written by tutor
- Immerse notebook and pen
- Mentor family photograph
- Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan
- academic insights
All participants will be allocated to a college a few weeks before arriving, based on their dates and subject choice.
You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard. Sample Timetable
- Available from: June - August
- Provider: Immerse Education
- Ages: 13-15 years
- Fees: From £5,995.00 / 2 Weeks
- Duration: 2 Weeks
- 4th August – 17th August 2024
- 21st July – 3rd August 2024
- 7th – 20th July 2024
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- Level(s) of Study: Short course
- Start Date(s): 29 July 2024 / 5 August 2024
- Duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week
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