Fiction Writing Workshop For Kids
What you'll learn
- how to create a story from an initial story idea
- Create a story about a pet
- Learn valuable lessons from the pet story
- Write a quest story
- Write a story about superheroes
- Learn how to create your own story
- There are no prerequisites
This workshop provides grammar school and middle school students with a simple, step-by-step approach to creating and developing a short story.
Three separate story ideas are explored and in each one, the students are lead through a process to develop the characters, the plot and the story setting. Text boxes are used to record the student's ideas and these text boxes are then used to develop and write the story on their own.
In the first story, the students will write about a pet that has superpowers. The second story involves the characters going on a quest. The third story uses superheroes as the characters.
These stories form the backbone of several lesson sessions that will reinforce and amplify the process and increase the students awareness of the story writing process.
The first lesson is called Lessons Learned and it uses the pet story to illustrate that a story can’t be developed from a singe idea: many ideas are required. Other lessons are also provided such as a story-telling guide and a tutorial on how the students can develop a writing voice that is distinct from their speaking voice.
Finally, there is a lesson on how the students can create their own stories. The students then use a set of blank text boxes to support and collect their story ideas prior to writing the story,
Who this course is for:
- primarily 4th to 7th graders
Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He and his wife Pat usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.
His classes are part of Quense’s Writers & Authors Resource Center, (WritersARC) a unique collection of material that is available to provide solutions to the pain points encountered by fiction writers and authors.