Writing Workshop

Structure, Craft, Elements: The Writing Process

By the end of this course the student should understand the fundamental characteristics and rules of a variety of literary genres and be able to produce complete short stories that adhere to those rules and entertain readers. Study will begin with narrative fiction and progress to mystery and fractured fairy tales in later weeks. Students will learn author's craft techniques and story elements specific to each writing genre. Following direct instruction and modeling, the workshop will provide students an opportunity to apply learning in their own writing. Independent writing will be open to peer review. Along the way, students will internalize key steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Grades: 7-12 (difficulty varies by grade and ability)

16 Classes (60 minutes per class)

Cost: ₩35,000 per class (₩560,000 Total)

Writing Workshop

Structure, Craft, Elements: The Writing Process

By the end of this course the student should understand the fundamental characteristics and rules of a variety of literary genres and be able to produce complete short stories that adhere to those rules and entertain readers. Study will begin with narrative fiction and progress to mystery and fractured fairy tales in later weeks. Students will learn author's craft techniques and story elements specific to each writing genre. Following direct instruction and modeling, the workshop will provide students an opportunity to apply learning in their own writing. Independent writing will be open to peer review. Along the way, students will internalize key steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Grades: 7-12 (difficulty varies by grade and ability)

16 Classes (60 minutes per class)

Cost: ₩35,000 per class (₩560,000 Total)

Lead Instructor

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Professor Kevin Garland, MFA

Kevin is a great example of a high achiever and has won the Tallahassee Recognized High Impact Teacher four times in a row. This means that his students' improvement was in the top 5% of the whole state of Florida. He started his career as a university professor, before recognizing his passion to teach English and creative writing to students of all ages. In 2019, he left teaching full time to write storylines for a gaming company that he founded with his brother. Currently, he works on his gaming entrepreneurial endeavor and serves as an example of the importance of English and writing in an interdisciplinary setting.

Award Winning Instructors

Leaders in their Field

1000s of teaching hours

Featured Achievement: Four Time Tallahassee High Impact Teacher Award Winner

Course Description

The best way to understand literature is to be able to create it. By learning the function of each piece as well as how each piece comes together to form a narrative, the student will be better equipped to think critically about literature rather than just being a passive reader.

Students will learn how to capture a reader’s attention with vivid dialogue and description and maintain that attention through a sustained narrative. The students will determine the subtle tonal differences when the same story is being told from another character’s point of view. Additionally, the students will learn how to see the parts of speech, even when they depict inanimate objects, as characters who can perform actions and hold the reader’s attention.

Study will begin with narrative fiction and progress to mystery and fractured fairy tales in later weeks. Students will learn author's craft techniques and story elements specific to each writing genre. Following direct instruction and modeling, the workshop will provide students an opportunity to apply learning in their own writing. Independent writing will be open to peer review. Along the way, students will internalize key steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Other students and the teacher will analyze the work and discuss what is working and what is not working in each rough draft. The student will then complete a final draft of the story. The final draft of student work will be revised and collected in a collection of short stories that the student will assemble as a final class project.

The students will learn how to craft, develop and assemble a fiction portfolio. Specifically, students will:

  • understand the unbreakable connection between narrative events and the narrative’s lesson
  • decode the theme based on critical analysis of the story’s plot
  • weave meaning into their stories using imagery
  • refine their use of subordinate and coordinate conjunctions in order to write clear, vivid sentences
  • learn how to choose their words carefully and how by saying more with fewer words they can maintain their reader’s attention
  • combine elements from different sources to create hybrid stories
  • learn about humor and its shortcomings

Students should have a high level intermediate academic understanding of the English language. Most sections will only be able to be completed by advanced students. There are three levels of the course: intermediate, advanced and exceptional. Intermediate speakers may understand academic vocabulary and possess strong listening skills but struggle to respond fluently. Advanced students are students that take normal classes in English, students who might go to an international school for example and have no trouble speaking English but want to learn the skills offered by this class. Exceptional students are comfortable with speaking English and high achievers in their classes. This would be equivalent to an AP level ability. All students will be individually assessed by the instructor to determine their capacity to take this seminar at any level.

In the event that the student's level is not sufficient for this class, another class can be offered that would be more suitable for the English level. If you like the instructor, we all have one-on-one sessions available.

Before each class students are expected to have completed all assigned readings and assignments as well as 1
or 2 peer reviews for that class’s workshop.

All tasks will be assigned in class. Students will be expected to do work in specified google docs and share them with the teacher as well as their individual NSEO Writing workshop (included with the course). Students should be prepared to present and discuss the work with teachers and peers.

Students will build a fiction portfolio which will be graded A for exceptional work, B for above average, C for above average, D for below average, and F for unacceptable. + and - will be included with the letter grade. There will also be a written assessment of the student's progress.

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