Welcome to Creative Writing Online Workshop!
Let’s get started…
Learn To Write Now offers your student a unique online learning experience via the virtual classroom.
The goal of the online workshop is to make this program available to students who are unable to make it to our in-class workshops due to schedule conflicts, location constraints, and/or parent-student availability when the offline course is offered.
Taking the above reasons into account, the online workshop operates “asynchronously“! This means that the classroom instruction and discussion are not live, but the posted information remains available to the students whenever they choose to work on it, at a time zone that works best for the student.
First Things First! Who Should Take This Course & What Does it Entail?
This course is currently offered to students who are in grades 4 – 8 and are reasonably proficient with using the computer and the Internet for online learning independently.
Although it is a blended grade curriculum, students will be challenged based on their individual interests and capabilities.
The overarching goal of this workshop is on nurturing creativity and introducing students to the joy of writing across various creative genres, including blogging, fiction, poetry, biographies, speeches, travelogs etc.
During each quarterly workshop that spans between 10 to 12 weeks, the students will be exposed to a minimum of six to a maximum of eight creative genres of writing.
For each genre, the students will have an opportunity to learn the entire writing process that begins with brainstorming and ends with publishing, with drafting, revising and editing modules that constantly loop back for the desired result.
- A Personal Computer with reliable Internet connection
- A Gmail account that the student can confidently access, basic understanding of Google docs, file upload, file download, sending attachments via email (if required)
- A composition notebook, set of pens and pencils to write and plan some of their work offline
- Lots of enthusiasm to learn, write and engage with fellow writers/coaches online.
Classroom Structure & Mode of Instruction
In our online workshop, only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure student privacy. Weekly Instruction and assignments are posted by the writing coach on a set date listed in the course calendar. Any modifications/changes to the lessons posted will be announced to the students through the discussion boards and will be updated on the calendar.
The writing coach checks the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback usually within 24 hours.
Besides the group feedback, students receive a thorough feedback on individual assignments via Gmail and will have an opportunity to improve on their drafts before they are ready to publish on their blogs, which will be one of their publishing platforms.
This, by far, is the most custom, online instruction and feedback a student can receive for their written work, and we look forward to your students gaining a great deal from this unique experience.
Students are encouraged to work on their writing skills daily at their convenience. If the student can set aside 20 – 30 minutes for this workshop at least five days a week, they can truly reap the benefits of this program and be well on their way to becoming a great writer.
General Rules of Conduct for Online Classroom
- While sharing messages via email or on discussion boards make sure that you use a meaningful subject line so that your readers will have a clear idea of who sent the message and what the message contains.
- Use all capital letters sparingly. Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally seen as SHOUTING and is often offensive to the reader.
- Be courteous about what you say about others in an electronic format. Never say anything in an email or on a discussion board that you would not want to see printed in the newspaper.
- When reacting to someone else’s message, address the ideas, not the person.
- Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face-to-face communications, your joke may be viewed as criticism.
- Be respectful of other, diverse opinions. Don’t assume that everyone shares the same views or background.
- Don’t share copyrighted materials. Most things on the Internet are NOT “fair use.” Instead of copying a relevant article or web page, provide a link to the material along with a short description of its significance.