High School Creative Writing Essentials

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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut….I don’t read in order to study the craft. I read because I like to read. -Stephen King

Since 1997, Gifted Writers Academy inspired thousands of students to express themselves more effectively, creatively, and intellectually in an in-person classroom format. In the summer of 2020, the course shifted online, attracting a greater diversity of students whose broad array of backgrounds, ideas, and critical observations benefit the entire program.


Students learn different aspects of writing in concentrated detail and in a diversity of genres featuring thirty video tutorials along with written lessons designed to be fun, engaging, and informative. Students meet regularly online to discuss their writing and participate in group critiques that focus first on the positive aspects of the draft.


If you are passionate about writing and want to be with peers from around the world who share your dedication and joy for the process—this is the right program for you! All students begin with the Writing Essentials course to work on fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

At Gifted Writers Academy, we promise that student writers will finish this course as more knowledgeable and better skilled writers. Once this course is completed, students have the opportunity to move on to the Portfolio or Prolific writing classes. We guarantee that this is not your typical online class, and we have the puppets to prove it. Come join us!

Course Content

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The Big Idea
Freytag & How To Start A Story
Character & Point Of View
Location & Time
The End Of Fiction
Those Scheming Rhymes!
Meter and Rhythm
Narrative Poetry
Workshopping Poetry
Creative Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction Structure
Creative Nonfiction: Research & Memory
Workshopping Creative Nonfiction
Drama: Writing For Theatre
Dramatic Writing Tips
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