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5101 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410

Creative Writing (Grades 9-12) (9:00)

Course:   Creative Writing (Grades 9-12) Note: This class meets Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Instructor:  Ellen Dockham 

Email:  etdockham@gmail.com

Price:   $250

Curriculum:  National Novel Writing Month's Young Novelist Workbook - High School ($10, available at amazon.com); A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (Freeman, available at amazon.com and Christian book stores).


Course Description: In the fall, we will participate in National Novel Writing Month, a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month! For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! To prepare for our 30-day novel challenge, which begins in November, we will spend our first weeks together prepping with materials from the NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Program (for more details, go to https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/). Once we’ve thought through characters, setting, plot, conflict, and more, we’ll be ready to get that novel out into the world. Students who reach their word-count goal will earn a discount on a self-published copy of their book.

In the spring, we will turn our focus to writing creative non-fiction. We will begin by reading Greensboro author Emily Freeman’s thought-provoking book A Million Little Ways as well as sample pieces from this genre. Then students will write a variety of creative non-fiction pieces, which may include personal essays, memoir, devotionals, spiritual journaling, or blog posts. This class will be taught by Ellen Dockham, who has been teaching with IEW for 14 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a public relations specialist, and a freelance writer. She also offers private tutoring in writing, grammar, reading comprehension, and literary analysis. (30 weeks on Thursdays)


Honors Extra: Students who choose the Honors Extra option for this course will receive one-one-one coaching and editing of their writing from Mrs. Dockham. They will also read additional works in the creative non-fiction genre. At the end of each semester, they will be asked to give a “public” reading of a sample of their work (just like real authors do!) to their fellow honors students.

            **All Honors Extra classes meet from 10am-Noon on Thursdays at Greensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1320 Fleming Rd). Students will also receive weekly instruction on a rotating schedule of topics including: study skills, research, public speaking, and debate. The honors option will incur an additional tuition charge of $150 per course.