Thank you for your interest in my writing classes this year.
I am sorry to say that neither the middle school or the high school class on Tuesdays received the minimum number of students needed to hold the class. Tuesday classes are cancelled.
Tuesdays in Lapeer, MI
Tuesday classes meet at Lapeer Free Methodist Church, 1621 N. Saginaw St., Lapeer MI.
First Semester – September 5, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12
Second Semester – January 9, 16, 23; February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20; April 3, 10, 17
Complete course descriptions are at the end of this page. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 810-706-6293
1:00-1:55 High School Creative Writing (1st semester) $110 TOTAL plus handout packet
1:00-1:55 High School Informative Writing (2nd semester) $110 TOTAL plus handout packet
2:00-3:00 Middle School IEW World History Theme-Based Writing (both semesters) $220 TOTAL plus book cost
Payments of $50 will be due on September 5, October 24, January 9, March 6. Handout packet cost is due when receiving the packet. Costs will be announced before classes begin.
Class fees are NON-refundable even if you drop the class. I do not offer refunds under any circumstances.
I will work with you on payment plans if necessary, but I will rely on you to follow through on your agreement to pay since these classes pay my bills.
All students must pay a non-refundable deposit to hold a spot in the class.
- IEW World History – please send $20 to hold your place in class.
- High School Creative Writing (1st semester) – please send $10 to hold your place in class.
- High School Informative Writing (2nd semester) – please send $10 to hold your place in class.
- These deposits will be subtracted from your balance.
At least 8 students must enroll to ensure the class will be held. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted per class.
1:00-1:55 High School Creative Writing (1st semester – 12 weeks)
This creative writing course is designed to make writing engaging and fun, while also teaching rigorous skills and content. Students will be encouraged to develop creative approaches to writing both poetry and prose including characterizations, place descriptions, different narrative perspectives, creative non-fiction. Students will end the semester by writing a short story. In class, we will learn techniques to strengthen and revise writing and to create reader interest. Students will be asked to workshop, publish, and present their writing. Topics may include rhythm, rhyme, point of view, memoir, fantasy, science fiction, imagery, figurative language, form, mystery, horror, and realistic fiction. Students will leave the class with a class anthology of stories and poems.
1:00-1:55 High School Informative Writing (2nd semester – 12 weeks)
Students will work on many shorter assignments to improve writing skills. Our focus will be to enable students to write practical information confidently, clearly, and effectively. These assignments will bring real-world scenarios and skills into non-fiction writing to help students practice summary, listing facts with transitions, explaining significance, objective word choices, and impartially listing options to weigh pros and cons. Assignments will include a business letter, cover letter, non-fiction summaries, instructional paragraphs, biographies, and several multi-paragraph reports in different styles. Students should already know how to write a complete sentence. Students will leave the class with a clearer understanding of the real-world demands and expectations of written communication and will be able to handle these tasks capably.
2:00-3:00 Middle School IEW World History-Based Writing (both semesters)
Using the Structure and Style writing method, 6th–10th grade students will improve their composition skills while learning about important, interesting events and people around the globe. This yearlong course explores world history from Gutenberg to twenty-first-century technology. We will work through eight of the nine structural models in the IEW method.
Students will learn:
-How to take notes
-How to outline their writing before actually writing
-How to summarize a story and rewrite “in their own words”
-How to summarize an informational text and write a short report “in their own words”
-How to write creatively using pictures as a story-starter
-How to do research with multiple sources and write a longer report
-How to compose interesting well-organized original writing
-How to write a formal five paragraph essay
Text is IEW’s World History-Based Writing Lessons (I am working on getting a free shipping deal, so please wait to order.)
The IEW method is unmatched for teaching students who HATE to write to be competent and capable writers. If your child completes the homework, a clear improvement will be evident in the writing. He will get better! She may even learn to love writing! I’ve seen it happen!
Four installment payments of $50 will be due on September 5, October 24, January 9, March 6
Mail deposits to PO Box 179, Dryden MI 48428 or pay in person. Paying with paypal will incur an additional fee.
Note: Tuesday classes are taught from a Christian perspective.