13 yrs and up, $325.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: Intro to High School Writing or Mastering the Essay

This high school level writing course endeavours to give students the ability to use their imaginations in expressing themselves through story, and to cultivate their writing abilities through studying the basics of story composition. Students will learn to brainstorm ideas, create characters, develop plot, write description and dialogue, proofread and edit, and "show, not tell." To assist with this thought and process development, students will read selections from classic literature and discuss them each week. At the culmination of the course, students will have written a short story (10-15 pages), with different elements being covered in each week's assignment. This course includes a weekly private tutorial time.

Readings listed below

Week 1  - What Makes a Great Story
Week 2  - The Short Story
Week 3  - Conflict and Plot
Week 4  - Characterization
Week 5  - Dialogue
Week 6  - Beginnings
Week 7  - No Reading this week
Week 8  - Description
Week 9  - Action
Week 10 - The Task of the Writer
Week 11 - The Gift of the Magi
Week 12 - No Reading this week
Week 13 - The Nature and Aim of Fiction
Week 14 - No Reading this week