Creative Writing

Fun Stories That Teach Us to Write

Class Schedule

Starts Sept. 17, 2021
Cost $295
Grades 6-8
Meets One time for 12 weeks on Friday
Time 1:00PM - 1:55PM PST

Class Description

The best way to become a good writer is to spend time with some dead ones. In other words, good writers READ! This class will be built around a healthy handful of classic short stories, most of whose authors have already left this earthly realm, but whose printed words nonetheless live on. From Holmes to Poe to Bradbury to O’Henry and more, we will enjoy an excellent, thoughtful, and entertaining short story every week, and will come away each time with an extra rich understanding of literary elements. Assignments will seek to analyze and mimic these masters, whose specialties include descriptive writing, figures of speech (metaphors, similes, personification), foreshadowing, clever twists, irony, and more. In their writing, students will also be encouraged to add all of the other literary devices that they have already learned.


9/17/21Thank You, Ma’am, by Langston Hughes; Introduce Story Elements Sheet

9/24/21: Lather and Nothing Else, by Hernando Tellez; Suspense, Foreshadowing

10/1/21: All Summer in a Day, by Ray Bradbury; Descriptive Writing (Imagery), Metaphor

10/8/21: The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe; Irony, Unreliable Narrator

10/15/21: The Interlopers, by H.H. Munro; Exposition, Foreshadowing, Irony

10/22/21: A Retrieved Reformation, by O’Henry; Plot Twists, Characterization, Dialogue

10/29/21: Part 1: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, by Rod Serling; Importance of Dialogue in Plays/Screenplays, Irony, Extended Metaphor
11/5/21: Part 2: 
Monsters continued

11/12/21: Part 1: The Landlady, by Roald Dahl; Foreshadowing, Dramatic and Verbal Irony, Twists

11/19/21: Part 2: Landlady continued

12/3/21: Part 1: To Build a Fire, by Jack London; Foreshadowing, Pure Exposition

12/10/21: Part 2: To Build a Fire continued; Semester Recap

Additional Information

Class size 4-10 students

About the Instructor

Jonathan Vince

Jonathan has taught and tutored students in multiple subjects since 2003, but his specialty is with English. He first honed his writing skills as a reporter for a small newspaper in Sierra Madre, and then branched out into the education field. He has taught Language Arts to every grade level from 5th to 11th (including a two-year detour delving into World History with 7th graders), as well as Bible, Photography, Guitar, and First Aid/CPR to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.


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