writing workshop

Posts on Fridays (Grades 8-12)

Course Objective: To engage students who enjoy creative writing and storytelling with the workshop experience of sharing and critiquing work.

Course Description: Through this 8 week course, students will learn how to properly “workshop” a short story written by their peers as well as how to use a good critique to improve their own work. Students will submit their own short story of 5-10 pages and will be given an opportunity for the class to workshop the piece under instructor supervision. Additionally, students will read short stories by authors who exemplify the storytelling techniques they are learning in the course.




Week 1:         Genre, Conflict, & Plot

                        The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

Week 2:         Characterization

                        The Skylight Room by O’Henry

Week 3:         Dialogue & Dialect

                        The Swimmer by John Cheever

Week 4:         Workshop Basics & Critique Guidelines

                        The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Week 5:         Point of View

                        The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

Week 6:         Flashback

                        The Bet by Anton Chekhov

Week7:          Foreshadowing

                        Eveline by James Joyce

Week 8:         Revision

                        The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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