Creative writing classes for grades 3 & up

Every kid is a storyteller. Every kid can write. Every kid has something important (and funny!) to say.

The online writing classes for kids are non-sectarian, supportive, encouraging, creative, and brilliant! We have tons of fun together and learn a lot along the way. Make some friends. Discover your voice.


Available Classes: Beginning November 9!

Scroll down to see workshop flyers, weekly schedule, and registration form.

Crazy Campout

Write acrostic poetry, a listicle, persuasive letter, & nature trail!
4 wks, Mon, 3-4pm PST

Pirate Adventure

Ahoy, mateys! Develop a pirate character, setting, & story!
4 wks, Tue, 10-11am PST

Parts of Speech Party

Be an honored guest & create colorful narrative writing at Hogwarts, as Luke Skywriter, & more. 4 wks, Wed, 11:30am-12:30pm PST

“No” Theme

Use humorous mentor texts as models to write stories that explore “No” and “Don’t.”
4 wks, Wed OR Thu, 10-11am PST


Coming in 2021!

Mysterious Mysteries

Are you on the suspects list? Find out in this workshop and explore the elements of mystery writing.
4 wks, Schedule TBD

Reader’s Theater

Write a short play, star in your classmates’ plays (or participate in other ways!), & perform on the Zoom stage! 8 wks, Schedule TBD


Writing Workshop Descriptions

Crazy Campout

Young writers will try a variety of writing styles in this 4-week workshop. $90

Week 1: Share nature-related experiences, and write acrostic poetry.
Week 2: Create an indoor/backyard nature trail using science resources.
Week 3: Write a humorous, nature-themed listicle style article.
Week 4: Choose an audience, conservation topic, & write a persuasive letter/poster.


Mondays: Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 7
3-4pm PST

Contact me to register

Pirate Adventure

Young writers will learn how to write like a pirate in this 4-week workshop. $90

Week 1: Discover your pirate name. Learn new vocabulary & dialogue.
Week 2: Develop a pirate character using graphic organizers.
Week 3: Create exciting settings by sketching a treasure map.
Week 4: Plot & write, Matey.

Avast me hearties! It’s time to write!

Tuesdays: Nov 10, 17, Dec 1, 8 
10-11am PST
 

Contact me to register

Parts of Speech Party

Young writers will make their writing more colorful in this 4-week workshop. $90

Week 1: Create new Harry Potter-style “houses” and a short story using vivid adjectives & nouns.
Week 2: Be a Jedi and transform scenes & dialogue using strong verbs & expressive adverbs.
Week 3: It takes someone like you to put the POW! in powerful. Create a superhero character and write a comic-style story.
Week 4: Write an original Mad Libs-style story to practice all parts of speech.

Wednesdays: Nov 11, 18, Dec 2, 9
11:30am-12:30pm PST

Contact me to register

NO” THEME

Students will take a humorous look at “No” in this 4-week workshop. $90

Week 1: Using the mentor text, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus as a model, write an original “Don’t” book.
Week 2: Using the mentor text, Never Let a Unicorn Scribble as a model, students will share & peer edit their Week 1 stories.
Week 3: Using the mentor text, The Book With No Pictures, experiment with fonts to express emotion and humor in narrative writing.
Week 4: Use the digital tool BookCreator.com to edit & format the Week 3 story.

Wednesdays: Nov 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 OR
Thursdays: Nov 12, 19, Dec 3, 10
10-11am PST

Contact me to register


Registration Open

The writing workshops are limited to 10 students per Zoom session and include private access to Google Classroom interactive slides, videos, audio recordings, one-hour weekly Zoom calls, weekly office hours, and personalized feedback on student work.


Workshop Sample Materials

Pirate Adventure:

Make an unusual pirate character!
See Lesson 2 Google Slides (PPT)!

October 2020 news!

We’re off to an exciting start in the Pirate Adventure with homemade swords, sheaths, treasure boxes, and maps! (Not to mention a visit from Swampy Skunkbeard…) And rumor has it that Captain Moonfish is scheming a treasure hunt…by the light of the moon, of course.

We welcomed honored guests to the Parts of Speech Party, too! Our Hogwarts students are busy at work, creating new “houses” for Harry Potter. I can’t wait to read what you write next!

And in the Crazy Campout, we set off on virtual nature trails, finding desert chicory, desert cottontails, and even the Loch Ness Monster and a Phoenix along the way! Our imaginations are going full-speed ahead…

September 2020 news!

Wow! Kids are pitching tents in their backyards, setting up teepees, and roasting marshmallows on the stovetop to get into the Crazy Campout spirit. And they’re creating indoor/backyard nature trails with exciting creatures (including a dragon and teddy bear)!

And our brave buccaneers in the Pirate Adventure are recruiting a fearless crew, from a one-eyed cat to a noble monkey, and gathering a treasure trove of props (and ideas!) as they write their way to an adventure at sea.

I love hearing about all the collaboration among family members and classmates. Thank you for creating a supportive community of writers!

Family Feedback

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to be part of this wonderful workshop. Pranav thoroughly enjoyed it & he is very eager to write & come back for more.

Mom of son, 9

Aisha & Zaynab really enjoyed the last class they took with you!  I had no complaints about taking writing classes!

Mom of daughters, 12 & 9

Your kids are amazing!

Dear Creative Writing Families,

We had an incredible time in class this week. We read a play aloud, written in “spoonerisms,” which means that the first sounds of neighboring words are swapped (a.k.a. Beeping Sleuty & Back and the Jeanstalk…). The kids really hammed it up and started using hilarious voices when reading their parts. I laughed so hard I cried in the second class.

About

I have 23 years of writing and editing experience, including three years as a writing instructor. I love helping kids learn new skills while having fun along the way!

Get in Touch

Contact me for registration information about The Writer’s Workshop for Kids.

ronnirowland@gmail.com

Fall Schedule

Oct 2020:
Pirate Adventure
Crazy Campout
Parts of Speech Party

Nov/Dec 2020:
Pirate Adventure
Crazy Campout
Parts of Speech Party
New: NO THEME😂

2021 PREVIEW:
New: Mysterious Mysteries
New: Reader’s Theater

Photo Credit: Roby Gianstefani, FLATMIND