Creative Writing

Course Length: Full academic year (30 weeks)
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Our 30-week creative writing course is tailored for teens who are enthusiastic about exploring the art of storytelling in a collaborative and supportive setting. Unlike conventional approaches, our course prioritises living learning, fostering an environment where students create and explore together. Throughout their journey, students will delve into various forms of creative expression, including short stories, screenplays, radio plays, and poetry, guided by both key texts and examples.

Aims of the Course

The aim of this course is to provide a dynamic platform for teens to hone their creative writing skills while discovering their unique voice and style. Rather than imposing a rigid structure or "correct way" of writing, our goal is to empower students to express themselves authentically and creatively. By engaging with diverse forms of writing and receiving constructive feedback in workshops, students will develop essential storytelling techniques, from crafting memorable characters to mastering the art of description. Ultimately, our course seeks to ignite the passion for creative writing and inspire students to tell their stories with confidence and conviction.

Homework Expectations

Students will attend a one-hour webinar, where they will type in the chat box and work in breakout rooms as small groups on set tasks. They will be asked to read manageable sections of the texts ‘reading as a writer – with a 'writerly' eye’ –Through class discussion and homework, they will be given the opportunity to:

  • Read extracts and identify some of the choices the author made so that you can better understand how such choices might arise in your own writing.
  • Through the homework exercises, students will be able to:
    • Practice and refine their writing skills across various genres, including short stories, screenplays, radio plays, and poetry.
    • Experiment with different writing techniques and styles, allowing them to discover their unique voice and creative expression.
    • Receive personalised feedback on their writing from both peers and the Miss Jenny, enabling them to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Develop time management and organisational skills as they prioritise and complete assignments within designated deadlines, fostering responsibility and discipline in their writing practice.

Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to collaborate with readings and bring their interpretations to the lessons.

How It Supports Your Child's Education

Our creative writing course offers a holistic approach to education by nurturing essential skills such as critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Through exploring different genres and mediums of writing, students develop their ability to ‘read like a writer’ when they interpret texts, enhancing their literacy skills. Additionally, engaging in collaborative activities and workshops fosters teamwork and communication skills, promoting social and emotional development. By providing a supportive environment where students can express themselves freely, our course encourages self-expression and confidence-building, essential for success in both academic and personal endeavours.

For US students, this course provides one credit for high school English or Fine Arts.

Who Teaches Creative Writing

Jenny Wells has a wealth of expertise and academic rigor: with a degree in History of Art and English from the University of York, as well as an MA from the Open University, she possesses a deep understanding of interdisciplinary studies and visual culture. Drawing from over fourteen years of teaching experience at an independent Oxford sixth form college, Jenny has instructed students in History of Art, Film Studies and English GCSE and A Levels, and has served as an A level examiner for History of Art. Her dedication extends to supporting students with specific learning needs, reflecting her commitment to inclusive education. Having been a homeschooling parent herself, Jenny understands the importance of fostering creativity and critical thinking skills as part of a holistic approach to educating. See all courses taught by Jenny